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 to UConn human rights majors and minors; priority given to 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.

Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism 

The ADL Center on Extremism is the foremost authority on extremism, terrorism and hate, both foreign and domestic. They provide resources, expertise and educational briefings that enable law enforcement officers, public officials and community leaders, as well as internet and technology companies to identify and counter emerging threats.

Location: Remote
Web: https://www.adl.org/who-we-are/our-organization/advocacy-centers/center-on-extremism
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 Center on Extremism offers an eight-week learning immersion experience with a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to identifying and disrupting extremists threats.

Internship Placement Description

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 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. 

Internship Placement Description

IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services is a non-profit agency whose mission is to help refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, strengthen hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. Welcoming persecuted people from other countries is America’s most noble tradition. IRIS helps newcomers on the road to self-sufficiency by providing a broad range of services during their transition to life in the United States.

Location, In person & remote, New Haven, CT

Web: https://irisct.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 internship is a placement within the Education Department at IRIS, which operates a robust summer learning program. Must be reliable and flexible to the needs of the program. Our community is diverse. Cultural sensitivity, effective cross-cultural communication, and interpersonal skills are necessary.

Internship Placement Description

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 and minors; priority given to 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.

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.