Summer Internship Placements

Each organization listed below accepts a UConn human rights student as an intern every summer. To read more about each placement, eligibility requirements, funding, and the type of student they seek, please read on. 

To learn more about this program and how to apply, please visit our Summer Internship Fellow Program page.

Amnesty International USA

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 investigating and exposing abuses, educating and mobilizing the public, and helping transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

Location: Remote via Boston, MA
Web: http://www.amnestyusa.org/
Eligibility: Open only to UConn human rights majors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

This eight-week learning immersion experience is a placement within the Membership Advocacy & Organizing department in the northeast regional office of Amnesty International USA. The position requires an individual who can work independently with flexibility and attention to detail, and a desire to be hands on and roll up your sleeves.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

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.

Location: Remote via New York, NY
Web: https://www.business-humanrights.org/
Eligibility: Open to UConn human rights majors and minors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

The BHRRC offers 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. 

This internship is sponsored by Dodd Impact.

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

The CEJIL is an international non-profit human rights organization dedicated to 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.

Location: Remote
Web: https://cejil.org/
Eligibility: Open to UConn human rights majors and minors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

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

This internship is sponsored by Dodd Impact.

The Education Project

The Education Project is an entirely volunteer-run organization providing a platform that connects professionals and college students with students in grades K-12. Through different online mediums (e.g. Zoom, WebEx, Google Meets, etc.), students receive a one-on-one education coupled with an irreplaceable mentorship experience. The Education Project was founded in March 2020 amidst the pandemic with the mission to provide high-quality, remote tutoring and mentorship to K-12 students in need across the nation, completely free of cost. The volunteer tutors are primarily college students, but also include recent grads, teachers, and other professionals.

Location: Remote
Web: https://theeduproject.net/
Eligibility: Open to UConn human rights majors and minors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

The Education Project is a twelve-week learning immersion experience with a volunteer-run non-profit human rights organization dedicated to advancing human rights in education.

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.

Location: New York, NY
Web: https://outrightinternational.org/
Eligibility: Open to UConn human rights majors and minors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

This eight-week learning immersion placement is with the communications team in the New York office of OutRight. 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. Interest in global media to create lists for media work, graphic design, web design, and media making are all a plus.

Skills acquired will include:

  • Experience as a digital journalist for school or other newspaper to produce 300-400 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

The Scholars at Risk Network

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. Scholars at Risk also provides advisory services for scholars and hosts, campaigns for scholars who are imprisoned or silenced in their home countries, monitoring of attacks on higher education communities worldwide, and leadership in deploying new tools and strategies for promoting academic freedom and improving respect for university values everywhere.

Location: Remote
Web: https://www.scholarsatrisk.org/
Eligibility: Open to UConn human rights majors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

This eight-week learning immersion experience will be placed with the Scholars at Risk Advocacy Team.

Social Accountability International

Social Accountability International is an international non-profit human rights organization dedicated to the ethical treatment of workers around the world.

Location: Remote via New York, NY
Web: https://sa-intl.org/
Eligibility: Open to UConn human rights majors and minors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

This eight-week learning experience is ideal for students interested in legal research, management procedures, and the elimination of sweatshops worldwide. Students will work with SAI programming on crucial issues related to labor rights. Students interested in how businesses develop standards for respecting labor rights and addressing overall workplace issues should consider this internship. 

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

WITNESS

​​WITNESS is a media-centric advocacy institution that has been in existence since 1992. WITNESS helps people use video and technology to protect and defend human rights. They identify critical situations and teach those affected by them the basics of video production, safe and ethical filming techniques, and advocacy strategies.

Location: Remote via New York, NY
Web: https://www.witness.org/
Eligibility: Open to UConn human rights majors and minors.
Funding: A $5,000 scholarship is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. 

This eight-week learning immersion experience is awarded to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student. Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of utilizing media to promote human rights advocacy. The internship placement is with Social Media Outreach and will help WITNESS promote their initiatives/campaigns and engage with their social media following.