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Career Exploration

Our flexible program allows students to develop specific expertise, skills, and knowledge through a concentration designed for you with your advisers. This gives students a unique set of analytical, research, and writing skills key to success in the professional world. We also help prepare students for careers in human rights through internships, research, and practicums—all of which encourage students to actively engage with current human rights issues and debates.


Protecting and promoting human rights throughout the world can be a life-changing experience. Internships in human rights allow you to become personally involved in generating social change. Having a human rights internship may not only give you the opportunity to learn about other peoples, cultures, and current human rights issues while engaging in the process of social transformation, but it may also help you to determine where you want your educational and professional future to lead.

The Human Rights Program supports a variety of internship opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We provide a list of organizations which may be of interest to students as they look for internship options.  

Undergraduate students should consider taking GLOS 3402: Human Rights Internship. (Note: GLOS 3401: International Human Rights Law is a prerequisite.) As part of the human rights internship class, you will choose an internship site from a wide variety of human rights organizations in the Twin Cities. You will also study the major issues currently facing human rights professionals.

The Master of Human Rights and the Human Rights Program are sponsoring three internships for graduate students with top human rights organizations for the summer of 2018. Lear more here

Graduate students interested in an internship related to human rights should consult with their faculty advisor for guidance. More information on funding for graduate students. Master of Human Rights students should reach out to the program coordinator at for additional guidance.


Undergraduate students who have majored in global studies with a concentration in human rights have gone on to pursue a variety of graduate degrees, to serve in government positions, and to work in non-profit organizations, locally and internationally. Learn more about career opportunities in global studies.

Graduate students have gone on to careers that span all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector. Students who have completed the graduate minor in human rights have worked at: 

  • The Advocates for Human Rights 
  • The Center for Victims of Torture 
  • Domestic Abuse Project 
  • Human Rights Watch 
  • US diplomatic corps 
  • United Nations mechanisms
  • The World Bank 
  • HealthPartners 
  • Various academic institutions and foundations