The Human Rights Institute believes it is essential for students to have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through coursework into practice. Preparing a thesis is one option for our majors but most choose to do an internship with a not-for-profit group or governmental agency. An internship or other learning work experience is required of all HRTS minors.
Human rights minors and the majority of majors complete an internship as their capstone human rights experience. The Human Rights Institute believes it is important for students to have the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through coursework into practice. The seminar component of the internship helps students to reflect upon the connections between theory and practice.
The Human Rights Institute is committed to supporting internship placements that provide experiential learning opportunities with premier domestic and international human rights organizations. Some of our current placements include: Business and Human Rights Resource Center (BHRRC), the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Croatian Mediation Association and Mediation Center, Freedom House, Lawyers without Borders, Net Impact, Social Accountability International, and WITNESS. After a rigorous application process, the selected students receive stipends to assist with relocation for the summer internship experience.
Students can earn up to 15 credits towards the human rights minor or major while participating in a UConn education abroad program. Spend a semester studying human rights in Cape Town or London. Travel to Istanbul, Turkey explore sustainable energy practices. These are just some of the unique opportunities available to our students.