The year-long Human Rights Internship Program is designed to help students search and prepare for a full-time summer internship, and then integrate their summer experience into academic coursework upon their return.
The start of a new academic year welcomes returning interns back to campus. Applications for the next cohort will open in October and are due in November. The application process is highly competitive: the Pozen Center receives about four applications for each available slot. About half of the applicants are invited to interview with members of the Selection Committee, held just before Thanksgiving. Applicants are notified of the results in mid-December, after the conclusion of Fall Quarter.
Winter Break and Quarter
New interns begin developing a list of potential host organizations over winter break. Interns are assigned to a student Peer Leader from the previous year’s cohort to help counsel them through the search process. Our annual Internship Symposium allows the previous cohort to share their experiences with new interns and the campus community.
Throughout Winter Quarter, new interns brainstorm ideas, contact organizations, and follow up on leads. They file weekly reports about their searches, participate in mandatory group trainings, and take human rights classes. Some students choose to intern with organizations that have hosted students in the past, while others identify new placements. By the end of Winter Quarter, students have a confirmed placement or have developed several strong leads.
Students develop a Work Plan in collaboration with the supervisor at their host organization, identifying projects which fulfill both the student's and organzation's goals. Upon completion of the Work Plan, each intern is issued a check for $5,000 to cover summer expenses. Interns also finalize travel and housing plans, take human rights courses, and participate in required training sessions.
Students head out for full-time internships lasting ten to twelve weeks. Throughout the summer, interns keep in touch and submit three check-in reports to their peers and Pozen Center staff. Upon returning to campus, students write a report about their experience and prepare for a presentation at the Internship Symposium.