2019 Summer Internship Fellows

Each year, the Human Rights Institute accepts applications for its supported internships with premier domestic and international human rights organizations. After a rigorous application process, students selected to participate in each of these opportunities are granted substantial financial support from the Human Rights Institute.
The ability to expand our support of these placements is due in part to the funding from the Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics,  Open Society Foundations, Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award,  and Thomas J. Dodd Center.


Shreya Murthy is a rising junior pursuing majors in Human Rights, Criminology, and Finance with a minor in Political Science and is a member of the Honors Program and the Special Program in Law. She was drawn further into the human rights space after taking classes and getting to know all the different ways that human rights impact the everyday lives of people. Her current focus and interest in human right is in the intersection of business and human rights. She is heavily involved with research and recently completed work on a UConn IDEA Grant through the Office of Undergraduate Research. She is currently developing another research project in the field of business and human rights and understanding the intersection of these two fields in a specific industry. After graduation she hopes to go to law school while simultaneously pursuing further research and graduate studies in human rights.

This past summer she interned at the Office of the Worcester County District Attorney gaining valuable experience with the various aspect of criminal law and saw one example of human rights in practice. She hopes to build on this experience and understanding of human rights through her work with Amnesty International. On campus she works as a Resident Assistant for Residential Life, as a Student Administrative Specialist for the Mathematics Department, and volunteers with the Honors Initiative for Prospective Students and the Husky Ambassadors. Next year she will join the Office of Undergraduate Research as a Peer Research Ambassador and will also be serving as a TME Mentor for the Individualized and Human Rights Majors.


Daniella Angulo, OutRight International

Daniella Angulo is a rising junior majoring in English and Human Rights with a minor in Political Science. As the daughter of Peruvian immigrants, human rights was something she was always highly invested in; taking on a human rights major at UConn was a perfect fit. At school, she is involved with the Women’s Center, PRLACC, the Rainbow Center, and the Political Engagement Program. This year, she served as a founding member and co-president of UConn’s Human Rights Ambassadors, as well as the secretary for Love146 and a leading member of UConn Vision, which explores finding new resources for survivors of sexual assault. She previously spent time working for the UConn Legal Clinic as a Spanish-English translator, and has held internships with GOODWorks, Inc. and the Everywoman Treaty.

Daniella is interested in studying women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ issues, and cultural and ethnic histories in the United States. She is deeply passionate about intersectional activism, which she hopes to work towards and advance in a future career as a human rights lawyer.


Christopher Gelino, Croatian Mediation Association

Chris Gelino is a first year law student at the University of Connecticut. A double husky, Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and Human Rights. While at UConn, Chris explored the study of human rights through academic experiences with the Human Rights Institute and service with the Alternative Breaks Program of the Office of Community Outreach. After graduation, Chris worked in New York for two years before traveling to London to earn his Master’s Degree in International Politics from SOAS University of London.

Chris’s academic interests include international human rights, European law, public policy, and mediation. Around the law school campus, Chris is an active participant with the Human Rights Law Association, the American Constitution Society, and the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Society. In his free time, Chris enjoys running, reading, and learning new languages.


Ken Huang, NetImpact

Ken Huang is a junior double-majoring in Economics and Human Rights, with a minor in Business Fundamentals. The intersection between business and human rights has sparked Ken’s interests in poverty, homelessness, and social equality, and inspired his passion to help those who are in need through non-profit organizations.

Prior to interning with Net Impact, Ken served as a student leader these past two summers in Yellowstone National Park and East Asia on Summer Missions with Cru, an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization. He was blessed to have the opportunity to serve and cultivate authentic relationship with college students from across the country and all over the world.

Ken is also actively involved with student organizations on campus, such as the UConn chapters of Cru and Habitat for Humanity. His volunteering experience on an alternative spring break trip with Habitat in Kelso, WA, continually strengthened his faith in making an impact on our society through the power of nonprofits.

After graduating from UConn, Ken plans to spend one year serving as a missionary in Japan. Afterwards, he hopes to pursue a Master of Public Administration and a career in nonprofit management, which will allow him to keep fighting for human rights by assisting the underprivileged and those in need of help.”

Anika Makol, SANKALP

Anika Makol is graduating from the University of Connecticut Honors Program in May 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Bachelors of Arts in Human Rights. Anika worked as a Medical Support Assistant at Student Health Services and as a Resident Assistant in the Honors community. In the fall of 2019, she will be attending medical school in New York and hopes to also pursue a Masters in Public Health.

Anika’s academic interests focus on advocacy for minority groups. Since 2016, she has been volunteering at the Area Health Education Center mobile medical clinics that provide free healthcare to migrant farmworkers every summer. These experiences exposed her to the different layers of oppression migrant farmworkers endured and piqued her interest in Human Rights.

As a recipient of the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship, Anika spent Summer 2018 in Chandigarh, Punjab, India, to improve her proficiency in Punjabi and widen the scope of her commitment to serving marginalized communities. She attended public health lectures at Punjab University, which allowed her to become acquainted with the health concerns in India.

Through the Human Rights Individualized Internship, Anika will be returning to Chandigarh in Summer 2019 to work with SANKALP, a local grassroots organization committed to serving underprivileged communities through education and medical care. Anika hopes that this experience will help her better understand the intersectionality of medicine, human rights, and social justice in India.

Isabel Oppenheimer, Croatian Mediation Association

Isabel Oppenheimer is a rising senior from Philadelphia Pennsylvania and is majoring in Human Rights and Anthropology. Isabel is passionate about using the anthropological perspective in human rights work. After college Isabel hopes to work with non-profits or go to Law School. On campus, she is involved in Revolution Against Rape, an organization that fights against rape culture and holds the annual March Against Victim Blaming. She also volunteers as a host for Husky-For-a-Day where a prospective student shadows her on a typical day. Isabel is also an active member in Alpha Phi Omega, a national community service fraternity. Within this organization, she serves as one of the co-chairs of the Husky Committee which organizes events for the UConn animal mascot, Jonathan the Fourteenth. After her time at the Croatian Mediation Association, Isabel plans on spending the rest of the summer traveling around Europe.


Mariana Pelaez, WITNESS

Hi my name is Mar, I’m a sophomore here at UConn double majoring in Political Science and Human rights. I’ve spent my time here at UConn working at the women’s center as a VAWPP facilitator as well as a chair on the marketing committee creating fun graphics and spreading the word of social justice through social media. I’ve also been involved in giving back to the community through an alt break this past winter in Alabama learning about race relations and economic issues there, as well as the history of the civil rights movement that was born there. I am not sure what I want to dedicate my life to just yet but as someone who’s extremely passionate about helping people and using my creativity I want to do my best to use to merge those two things, which is why I love the WITNESS’ mission!



Jessica Weaver, Business and Human Rights Resource Center

Jessica Weaver (CLAS ’19)  is a senior honors student from Newington, Connecticut studying Political Science, Human Rights and Business. A Babbidge Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa inductee, Jessica is nominated for the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. Jessica is dedicated to creating avenues for women to gain more representation in both the economy and political sphere. She has interned for Congressman John Larson as part of the UConn Honors Congressional Internship as well as at the Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office where she worked on UN Principle of Responsible Investment reports and helped create financial literacy initiatives for the State. Her internships inspired to create policy change regarding financial literacy and led her to create a petition to institute financial literacy courses in all public higher education institutions in Connecticut. She currently serves as President of Partners in Health Engage, where she has lobbied members of Congress to increase global health funding with a particular focus on maternal and child health. She also is currently interning at the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors. Jessica is an avid researcher having served as a Bennett Research Assistant, and is currently researching how female representation impacts the legislative success of women’s issues legislation in state legislatures for her senior thesis. Next year she will finish her Master’s in Public Policy In the future, she plans to pursue a JD and work to empower female representation in both the economic and political spheres.