The application period for Summer 2015 Internships is now closed.

Applications were due by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 9, 2014.


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 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:

  • Human Rights I: Philosophical Foundations (Spring 2015)
  • Human Rights II: History and Theory (Winter 2015)
  • Human Rights III: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights (Autumn 2014)

Other Human Rights courses may be substituted with the consent of the Executive Director.  

Recommendation Letter(s)

Each applicant is required to obtain one letter of recommendation. A second letter is optional.

Note to Recommenders: The Selection Committee is interested in how well the applicant will work in an NGO setting, or its government, union, or social-movement equivalent. Can s/he perform independent tasks, while also fitting into an organizational structure? Can s/he learn from difference, in a new and challenging setting? Will the student 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 the Internship Application FAQs for more details. Applications include an application form, CV/resume, and letter(s) of recommendation.


Questions may be directed to Michal Ran-Rubin, Internship Coordinator.