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Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)

This internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student to complete a summer internship at the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York, NY.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an expert resource and advocacy organization that monitors the care and protection of refugee women and children in existence since 1989. They speak out on behalf of refugee and displaced women, children and adolescents, attempting to draw the attention of governments and policy makers to significant social issues. The Women’s Refugee Commission provides unique opportunities for refugee women and adolescents to voice their concerns through government briefings, testimony, participation in field assessments and international conferences. Visit WRC for more information.

A $5,000 stipend is provided to assist with expenses related to the internship. Any student interested in pursuing a human rights internship experience is welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students with an expressed interest in the rights of women and children.

Chris served as an intern at the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York City during the summer of 2014. He recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with degrees in both Political Science and Human Rights. Chris graduated with Honors in Human Rights
after completing his thesis on female participation in Indian politics. During his time on campus, Chris was heavily involved with the Alternative Breaks Program in the Office of Community Outreach. In addition to participating in seven Service Trips, he served as the Student Fundraising Coordinator of the program during his senior year. Following his sophomore year, Chris studied abroad in Guatemala as a part of the Social Entrepreneur Corps through the University of Connecticut. He spent eight weeks living with a host family while helping young business men and women develop strategies to better market socially conscious products such as water filters and clean-burning stoves. Upon completion of his internship, Chris hopes to continue working with a similar organization at the Women’s Refugee Commission or to serve as a Teaching Assistant in New York Public Schools as part of the Blue Engine Program.