Application Process

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

>> Info Session
>> Office Hours
>> Eligibility and Requirements
>> 2016 Application: Closed 
>> FAQs

Information Session

This October info session offered an opportunity to meet 2015 interns and learn about their experiences working on human rights projects around the world. Internship program staff also reviewed all program and application details for 2016 applications. Check back in late summer for details about the info session in October 2016 about 2017 applications. 

Fall Office Hours

Each year, the Internship Peer Leaders, Assistant Director, and Executive Director are available for office hours during weeks 2 - 6 of autumn quarter. Students are welcome to come with general questions about internships or specific questions about your application. Pozen Center Internship staff are happy to look at your proposal but will review an application 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.

Check back in early fall quarter for weekly office hours. 


The Human Rights Internship Program is open to University of Chicago students only. Second and third year College students and graduate students who will be on campus in 2016-17, continuing in their academic program, are eligible to apply. Students studying abroad for one quarter in 2016 are still eligible. Students graduating in 2016 are not eligible. Please contact us with additional questions. 

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.

The application period for 2016 Human Rights Internships is now closed.

The 2017 Applications will be released late September and due in early November 2016.

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. 

The submission period for Recommendation Letters is now closed. 

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.