Application Process

Read the links below for more information about the Human Rights Internship Program application process:

>> Info Session: October 13, 2015
>> Office Hours
>> Eligibility and Requirements
>> 2016 Application: Due November 8, 2015!
>> FAQs

Information Session: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Come meet 2015 interns and learn about their experiences working on human rights projects around the world last summer! Whether you are planning to apply for a 2016 Summer Human Rights Internship or just interested in learning more, plan to attend this one-hour information session. Internship program staff will also review all program and application details.

Tuesday, October 13
5:00-6:00 PM
Social Science Research Building, Room 122
1126 E. 59th Street, Chicago (map)
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Fall 2016 Office Hours

The Internship Peer Leaders, Assistant Director, and Executive Director will be available to answer questions during office hours, starting in week 2 of autumn quarter. Internship Program Staff will review an application only once and cannot do line-by-line edits. Office hours are on a walk-in, first-come basis at the Pozen Center office (5720 S. Woodlawn Ave, second floor). 

For Office Hours by Skype (GMT)please send a request here

Monday, October 5: 2- 5pm 
Tuesday, October 6: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday, October 7: 9am - 12noon
Thursday, October 8: 2 - 4pm

Monday, October 12: 2- 5pm
Tuesday, October 13: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday, October 14: 9:30am - 12noon
Thursday, October 15: 2 - 4pm
Friday, October 16: 9:30am - 12noon 

Program Eligiblity

The Human Rights Internship Program is open to University of Chicago students only. Second and third year students in the College and all graduate and professional students who will have at least one year remaining in their program after the internship are eligible to apply. Students graduating in June 2016 are not eligbile to apply.

Other Requirements

Students are not required to take a Human Rights course before applying, but accepted interns should take one of the core Human Rights courses prior to starting their internship. Other Human Rights courses may be substituted with the consent of the Executive Director. Core courses include:

Human Rights I: Philosophical Foundations (offered Spring 2016)
Human Rights II: History and Theory (offered Winter 2016)
Human Rights III: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights (offered Autumn 2015)

Accepted interns will also be expected to participate in training sessions held during the winter and spring quarters.

2016 Application

Applications include an application form, resume, and letter of recommendation. The application form includes three short essays.

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 8, 2015 by 11:59pm (CST)


Recommendation Letter

Each applicant is required to obtain one letter of recommendation. Letters should come from a supervisor, instructor, or non-family member who can evaluate the applicant's suitability for a human rights internship. 

DEADLINE: Monday, November 9, 2015 by 12 NOON (CST)


Note to Recommenders: The Selection Committee is interested in how well the applicant will work in a non-governmental organization, government agency, or international body. Can the applicant perform independent tasks, while also fitting into an organizational structure? Can the applicant learn from difference, in a new and challenging setting? Will the applicant be able to contribute something meaningful in 10-12 weeks? The Selection Committee also looks for evidence of the applicant's capacity to reflect deeply on important questions. The most helpful letters address these questions as specifically as possible. A letter should be on letterhead if possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review our Internship Application FAQs for more details.

Other questions may be directed to Tara Peters, Assistant Director.