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Announcing New Internships with Top Human Rights Organizations

October 12, 2017

The Master of Human Rights and the Human Rights Program are sponsoring three summer internship opportunities with top human rights organizations.

To be eligible for these Amnesty International, USA, and Refugees International internships students must be enrolled in either the Master of Human Rights or the Human Rights Minor. To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to mhr@umn.edu by January 15, 2018. If you are awarded the internship placement the Master of Human Rights staff and faculty will work with you to find funding for your placement.

Students interested in the Human Rights Watch Internship need to apply for PA 5890 – Applied Policy Research with Human Rights NGOs, by November 1, 2017. More information is available here.

Students can apply for up to two of these internships and should indicate which of the two is the preferred placement

Amnesty International, USA (2 opportunities)

Programs Internship:  Based in New York City this intern will work with the managing director of Amnesty International, USA (AIUSA) Programs scoping and researching economic, social, and cultural human rights issues. This work could include drafting a position paper on emerging human rights issues that constitute global threats to humanity, like artificial intelligence, climate change and nuclear war. That paper would summarize the current threats and AI’s current positions on them, to serve as a guide for where Amnesty International, USA wants to develop more policy or work.

Government Relations Internship: Based in Washington D.C. at the AIUSA headquarters, this position would work with the DC-based government relations team on federal advocacy on human rights issues in Washington, D.C. The intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working directly with the Government Relations team of AIUSA which works on US human rights and US foreign policy related to sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa regions. Interns will gain experience in human rights research and advocacy including but not limited to developing and implementing advocacy strategies and materials, contact with governmental bodies and officials, conducting legislative research, drafting memoranda and blogs, managing databases, analyzing emerging areas of relevant law and government policy, tracking the progress of legislation in the United States Congress, and learning about the international human rights framework.

Recommended Course: GLOS 5403- Human Rights Advocacy (Spring 18)

Refugees International

Refugees International (RI) advocates for lifesaving protection and assistance for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. This intern will be based at the RI headquarters in Washington D.C. and work with RI staff and leadership on a variety of projects. These may include; conducting research on focus countries; assisting in the creation and editing of research reports; and work with the Communications Department to promote RI through website development, media relations, and promotion of publications.

Recommended Course: GLOS 5403- Human Rights Advocacy (Spring 18)

Human Rights Watch

To be eligible for this internship students need to apply for and be accepted into PA 5890 – Applied Policy Research with Human Rights NGOs, by November 1, 2017. More information is available here. The HRW internship will be a continuation of the work being doing as part of this course based project which will be analyzing recent US public opinion data in an effort to better understand the American public’s attitudes towards key human rights issues, policies, and organizations. The team will then use these results to help HRW critically review its research, advocacy and messaging strategies.

Pre-requisite: PA 5890 – Applied Policy Research with Human Rights NGOs (Spring 18)