The Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute’s academic programs offer students interdisciplinary instruction in the classroom and valuable practical experience in the human rights field through supervised internships. Participating in an internship is a rewarding and fulfilling experience that prepares students to be competitive in their chosen fields, positively contribute to the evolving culture of human rights, and exposes students to:

  • Diverse applications of rights discourse
  • Varied perspectives on the function and utility of the human rights enterprise
  • Realities of pursuing a career in the human rights field


The internship placement will provide the learner with insights into the challenges of defending and promoting human rights. The student must complete:

  • Minimum of 120 hours of work at their internship placement
  • Reflective practice seminar (HRTS 4291 or the equivalent course in Education Abroad) concurrently with the internship. Prerequisites include:
    • Instructor consent
    • 9 credits of 2000-level or above HRTS courses (six of which may be taken concurrently)

Find an Internship

Students should begin researching potential internships one semester prior to when they intend to complete their capstone.

Our students find many internships through one of four paths:

Process & Timeline

One semester prior to completing the capstone, students should begin researching potential internships.

Once you have discussed duties and responsibilities with your internship supervisor, complete and submit the Learning Work Plan to Alyssa Webb in order to receive a permission number to register for HRTS 4291.

Please contact Alyssa Webb to discuss options for internship sites and the requirements.