2016 Summer Internship Fellows


2016 Summer Internship Fellows

Our Summer Internship Fellows program was created to help our students be placed in internships at leading human rights organizations and to provide them with a scholarship to help make it financially possible.

Lesedi GravelineLesedi Graveline, Human Rights and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Major

Lesedi was a research intern at the Business and Human Rights Resource Center. BHRRC works to educate citizens and corporations on business and human rights. Lesedi worked on an outreach project called KnowTheChain, about corporate supply chain management. She also co-authored an article about corporate transparency in relation to women’s rights and business





Anna MiddendorfAnna Middendorf, Political Science Major, Economics & Human Rights Minors

As an intern with NetImpact, Anna contributed to NetImpact’s Climate Program for Professionals, this program helps working professionals or intrapreneurs use their day jobs to make a difference in the world in the realms of social justice and the environment. As a field hockey player at UConn, Anna’s has led her own efforts to increase sustainability in university athletics and her work ended up being highlighted on the NetImpact blog, https://www.netimpact.org/blog/get-inspired-by-anna-middendorf-college-student-and-intrapreneur


scott-vanScott Seger and Mark Vanaman, UConn Law Students

As interns at the Croatian Mediation Association and Center, Mark and Scott worked as advocates for mediation and alternative dispute resolution.  During their internship, they produced a comparative analysis of mediation law in the US and Croatia and were able to meet with local human rights lawyers and immigration lawyers about the stresses that the European refugee crisis is putting on the Croatian legal system.


silverstein-163-276-157_c7qq_270-1Julia Silverstein, Human Rights and Philosophy Major

Julia interned at WITNESS, WITNESS uses media to promote human rights advocacy and expose human rights abuses. Julia prepared and delivered a presentation for the staff at WITNESS on digital security, which aimed to inform them on when police officers are allowed to search computers, laptops and other electronic devices.






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Christopher Raymond, Human Rights and Management Major

SAI is the first auditable social certification for decent workplace, across all industrial sectors, and conducts audits of factories to ensure compliance with labor standards. Chris, conducted data analysis of the results of previous year’s factory audits to identify trends within countries or sectors and their compliance with labor standards.