Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

This internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student to complete a summer internship at Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in New York, NY.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Internship is an eight-week learning immersion experience with an international non-profit human rights organization dedicated to advancing human rights in business.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre works with everyone to advance human rights in business and eradicate abuse. They work to build corporate transparency, strengthen corporate accountability and empower advocates. A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship.

Students with an interest in advancing human rights in business should consider this internship. Open to all undergraduates at UConn, with preference given to Human Rights Majors and Minors.

Visit the Business and Human Rights Resource Center Website for more information.

This internship is sponsored by the Dodd Center.

Application Deadline: February 2
For more information about the application process, click here.

2017 Business & Human Rights Resource Center Intern: Jillianne Lyons,

Lyon, Jillianne

Jillianne Lyon is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut pursuing a double major in Human Rights and Political Science, with a minor in French. Prior to her internship with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in New York City, she studied abroad in Paris, France for a semester in the spring of 2016. The following semester, Jillianne was awarded UConn’s Undergraduate Intern of the Year Award for her internship with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, CT. At IRIS, she worked with refugees from all over the world and managed a food bank, community garden, women’s sewing group, and housing and donations center. This past spring, Jillianne interned at the Connecticut General Assembly Legislature where she worked primarily in the Environment, Human Services, and Banking committees.

At UConn, Jillianne volunteers at Spring Valley Student Farm, and was an EcoHouse resident for the 2014-2015 year. In addition to volunteering, she is a student employee at the William Benton Museum of Art. Her academic interests focus on the intersectionality between women’s rights, corporate transparency, and environmental justice. After graduation, Jillianne hopes to pursue a master’s degree in labor relations with a focus on gender studies.

2016 Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Intern | Lesedi Graveline

Lesedi GravelineLesedi Graveline is a rising senior, double majoring in Human Rights and Women’s Studies. Prior to her internship with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in New York City, she studied abroad at the University of Essex in Colchester, England for a semester in the spring of 2015. During the spring of 2014, she was hired as a student employee at the Neag Gifted Education and Talent Development Center where she organized and maintained an efficient office environment and became accustomed to both traditional and non-traditional systems of research and educational development. Lesedi was also a First Year Experience Mentor for fall of 2014 and fall of 2015, which is a program designed to assist incoming freshman with the transition to UConn. Through this program, she became trained in facilitating a classroom and responding to the needs of students through one-on-one counseling sessions. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, California with UConn’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter as a volunteer. Lesedi also volunteers for the Husky-for-a-Day Program, is an active member of the Black Student’s Association, and has been a dancer/fundraiser for “Huskython”, UConn’s 18-hour long dance marathon.

Lesedi will be an intern for UConn’s Police Department in the fall of 2016, where she will continue to be exposed to different aspects of law and civil rights from the perspective of law enforcement. She was recently accepted to be a Resident Assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. Lesedi’s primary advocacy interests revolve around women’s rights, children’s rights, and refugees. After graduation, Lesedi hopes to travel as well as attend law school to pursue a degree in International Law and eventually join the Peace Corps.

2015 Business and Human Rights Resource Centre Intern | Emily Kaufman

KaufmannEmily Kaufman is an upcoming senior studying Human Rights and Cognitive Science currently interning at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in New York City. She was an intern with the Human Rights Institute for the Spring 2015 semester and an editor of the Undergraduate Human Rights Journal, Namaste.
For the past 2 years she has been working as the Student Assistant for Programs at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center where she helps research and facilitate programming. In the spring of 2014, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she was an intern at Treatment Action Campaign, an HIV/AIDS advocacy organization focused on community mobilization and wrote about her experiences as a Travel Correspondent for Reach the World, which connects students studying abroad with classrooms in the US. In Summer 2014, she traveled to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as one of two UConn students to join over 130 other students from universities around the world to engage in a Universitas 21 Conference on Shaping Future Cities focusing on the impact of rapid urbanization on human rights violations and creating inclusive future cities. She also interned for a local non-profit organization Mental Health Consumer Advocates of Rhode Island as their policy intern.
In 2013, she was selected to attend the Universitas Conference on Human Rights at the University of Connecticut which similarly hosted students from more than 20 different universities and culminated in a collaborative project on human rights. She is a UNESCO Student Ambassador for Human Rights and leads the Visualizing Human Rights at UConn project which elicits submission of student’s and faculty’s visual interpretations of articles of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights. She is a member of the executive board of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Leadership Board where she served as the chair for the Student and Alumni Relations task force. She also serves as the Vice President of Lawyers without Borders. She is part of UConn’s Leadership Legacy Program and is also a Resident Assistant in the McMahon Residence Hall on campus.