*Summer 2016 Applications will be released in late September 2015!


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 2016)
  • Human Rights II: History and Theory (Winter 2016)
  • Human Rights III: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights (Autumn 2015)

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

About the Application

Review the 2015 Internship Application FAQs for more details. Applications include an application form, CV/resume, and letter(s) of recommendation.

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.


Questions may be directed to Tara Peters, Assistant Director.