Summer Internship Fellows

Current Placements

The Human Rights Institute has developed relationships with the following internship placements.  Each of these organizations have agreed to accept a UConn Human Rights student each summer as an intern.
Amnesty International USA

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Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.They are currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

This internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student to complete a summer internship at Amnesty International USA in Boston Massachusetts.

This eight-week learning immersion experience with the Membership Advocacy & Organizing Department in the Northeast Regional Office of Amnesty International USA. A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. Open only to Human Rights Majors.

This position requires an individual to be hands on and roll up your sleeves, ability to work independently with flexibility and attention to detail.

Visit http://www.amnestyusa.org/for more information.

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

BHRRCThe 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.

Internship Eligibility and Award Information

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. 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.

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read about our interns' experiences working at the Busness and Human Rights Resource Center, please click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

CEJILThe Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) is an international non-profit human rights organization dedicated ensuring the full enjoyment of human rights by all individuals in the Americas through the effective use of the tools of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and international human rights law. The CEJIL employs a unique intervention strategy that is broad and creative, focused on the protection and promotion of human rights in the Americas. They work to respond to human rights violations, aim to reduce inequalities, strengthen democracy and rule of law, and increase the effectiveness of the decisions adopted by the Inter-American System through equal access to the system’s mechanisms.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

This internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student to complete a summer internship at The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

Students with an interest in Latin America, international law and human rights should consider this internship. Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is also highly preferred.A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. Open to all undergraduates at UConn, with preference given to Human Rights Majors and Minors.

This internship is sponsored by the Dodd Center.

Visit The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) for more information.

If applying, please indicate which of the following projects/areas you would be most interested in working with:

Americas Network on Nationality and Statelessness.pdf
GQUAL: A Campaign for Gender Parity in International Representation.pdf
CEJIL Communications Internship.pdf

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read about our interns' experiences working at CEJIL, please click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.

Croatian Mediation Association and Mediation Center

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Croatia is a small and beautiful country with a vibrant community, including fully dedicated and experienced mediators (judges, lawyers, non-lawyers from many professions) working together and building new democratic institutions to better communicate and peacefully solve differences and manage conflicts and disputes. The internship host, the Croatian Mediation Association and its Mediation Center was founded as part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) initiative of the Croatian Mediation Association and domestic commercial courts and business organizations to enhance access to justice through ADR. Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of alternative dispute resolution in an emerging democracy through daily involvement with the activities of the Center.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

Two internships will be awarded to full-time students at the University of Connecticut. Undergraduates and Law students are encouraged to apply. Students will live in the capital city of Zagreb for the 4 week summer internship in May/June. Roundtrip air travel, local lodging and living expenses will be covered during the internship period for students selected.

Students with an interest human rights, Southeastern Europe and/or alternative dispute resolution in the legal system should consider this internship.

This is a fully funded summer internship, coordinated by the University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute and supported by the Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award.

For more information about this program, please contact Rachel Jackson at rachel.jackson@uconn.edu.

To learn more about the Croatian Mediation Association and Mediation Center, please visit http://www.mirenje.hr/

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read about our interns' experiences working at the Croatian Mediation Association, please click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.


Victor Schachter, Founder of the HRI Rule of Law Award

Vic Schacter

Mr. Schachter is a partner of Fenwick & West LLP in California, where he practices labor and employment law and related litigation before federal and state courts. He is also an accomplished advocate and mediator in alternative dispute resolution matters. Mr. Schachter graduated UCONN in 1964 (Phi Beta Kappa), and New York University School of Law (1967). He has written and spoken extensively on a broad array of employment topics, and has appeared on many national radio and television programs. He has been selected for “The Best Lawyers in America” for over 20 years, repeatedly recognized as a “Northern California Super Lawyer,” and listed in California and International Who’s Who USA. Mr. Schachter has promoted alternate dispute resolution and judicial case management in Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia and India, and he was honored as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his global pro bono work. Mr. Schachter is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives, through which he continues international legal reform initiatives.

Net Impact

net-impact-logoNet Impact empowers a new generation to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their careers. They provide the network and resources to inspire emerging leaders to build successful “impact careers” — either by working in jobs dedicated to change or by bringing a social and environmental lens to traditional business roles.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

This eight-week learning immersion experience is awarded to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student completing a summer internship at Net Impact in San Francisco, CA. A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship.

As a Net Impact fellow, interns will get hands-on experience and access to a dedicated network of professionals, which will help you, develop critical business and communication skills you won’t learn in school, launch a career in socially responsible/sustainable business, nonprofit management, or social entrepreneurship, build a network of contacts and colleagues in a range of sectors and industries. Open to all undergraduates at UConn, with preference given to Human Rights Majors and Minors.

This internship is sponsored by the Eversource Energy Chair in Business Ethics.

Students interesting in creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world should consider this internship.

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.

More information about the Summer Fellowship Program at NetImpact can be found here..pdf

OutRight Action International

OutRight seeks to advance human rights and opportunities for LGBTIQ people around the world by developing critical partnerships at global, regional, and national levels to build capacity, document violations, advocate for inclusion and equality, and hold leaders accountable for protecting the rights of all LGBTIQ people. Today, we partner with local LGBTIQ organizations across four regions and maintain a cross-regional LGBTIQ initiative at the UN in New York. As an international LGBTIQ organization with a long history of productive and trusting relationships with grassroots LGBTIQ communities worldwide, we serve as a bridge between local communities and high-impact external levers of power.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

This internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate major to complete a summer internship at OutRight Action International in New York, NY.

This eight-week learning immersion experience is with the Communications Team in the New York office of OutRight.  A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship.  The placement is only open to Human Rights Majors.

More about the internship:

Communications interns will gain hands-on experience in non-profit communications work, including media relations, message development, publication and media outlet monitoring, media production, editing and translation. Responsibilities will vary according to departmental needs but may include: monitoring news outlets; editing web communications, and reports; maintaining the press contact database; writing articles; contacting journalists about potential stories; research for digital media strategy and target audiences; social media-related activities; or planning events.

Skills Acquired:

  • Experience as a digital journalist for school or other newspaper to produce 300 to 400 word blog on OutRight issues with subject guidance,
  • help with digital media distribution for online marketing and social media,
  • ability to synthesize material to help produce weekly news roundup / copy editing skills
  • research, as needed for opeds, info graphics, press releases
  • interest in/familiarity with global media to create lists for media work.
  • interest in graphic/web design and media making a plus

More information about OutRight Action International can be found here.

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read about our interns' experiences working at OutRight Action International, please click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.

Social Accountability InternationalSAI_logo_header

The Social Accountability International Summer Internship is an eight-week learning immersion experience with an international non-profit human rights organization dedicated to the ethical treatment of workers around the world.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

This internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student to complete a summer internship at Social Accountability International (SAI) in New York, NY.

The Social Accountability International Summer Internship is an eight-week learning immersion experience with an international non-profit human rights organization dedicated to the ethical treatment of workers around the world. Students interested in legal research, management procedures, and the elimination of sweatshops worldwide will work with SAI programming on crucial issues related to labor rights. Visit SAI for more information.

A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. Students interested in how businesses develop standards for respecting labor rights and addressing overall workplace issues should consider this internship. Open to all undergraduates at UConn, with preference given to Human Rights Majors and Minors.

This internship is sponsored by the Northeast Utilities Chair in Business Ethics.

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read about our interns' experiences working at Social Accountability International, please click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.

WITNESS

witness_logoWITNESS is a media centric advocacy institution that has been in existence since 1992. Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of utilizing media to promote human rights advocacy. The internship with WITNESS is in Social Media Outreach and will help WITNESS promote their initiatives/campaigns and engage with their social media following.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

This internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student to complete a summer internship at Witness in New York, NY.

This eight-week learning immersion experience is awarded to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student completing a summer internship at WITNESS in New York, NY. A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. Open only to Human Rights Majors.

Students interested in using video and storytelling in advocating for human rights around the world should consider this internship.

More information about the Summer 2015 internship at WITNESS can be found here.

To read about our interns' experiences working at WITNESS, please click here.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Individualized Internship Placement

This year the Human Rights Institute is extending one fellowship offer for a student pursuing an individualized internship placement. This option would allow students who are interested in interning with a specific organization that is not a current HRI placement partner to be considered for a fellowship.

Internship Eligibility & Award Information

The Human Rights Institute is committed to supporting students as they find exciting ways to integrate their human rights education into new experiential learning opportunities. To demonstrate our commitment to our students ingenuity, we extend one annual fellowship offer to a student pursuing an individualized internship placement.

Open only to Human Rights Majors. There are additional application requirements for students who would like to pursue this option, please make an appointment with Rachel Jackson for further information.

For more information about the application process, click here.

To read more about our internship fellow cohorts throughout the years, click here.