Internship Opportunities in Human Rights
Note: This list is not exhaustive. An asterisk (*) indicates organizations that have hosted a Beloit College student in the past.
Africa Center for Strategic Studies* (Arlington, VA)
“The Africa Center is the pre-eminent Department of Defense institution for strategic security studies, research, and outreach in Africa. The Africa Center engages African partner states and institutions through rigorous academic and outreach programs that build strategic capacity and foster long-term, collaborative relationships.”
African American Planning Commission, Inc (New York, NY)
“The African American Planning Commission (AAPCI) Inc., is a New York City-based 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization committed to addressing homelessness and the related issues of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, housing shortage, and unemployment within the communities in which we live and serve.”
"aidha is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ‘enriching lives through financial education.’ Inspired by UNIFEM’s National Committee, Singapore, aidha serves women migrant workers. We provide confidence-building, money management, and entrepreneurship training. We also offer the micro-credit services necessary to launch small businesses back home."
American Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY)
“The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.”
Atlantic Council (Washington, DC)
"As we face an inflection point in history, the Atlantic Council provides an essential forum for navigating dramatic shifts in economic and political influence. The Council is home to ten programs and centers, broken down both functionally and regionally, which seamlessly work together to tackle today’s unique set of challenges."
Blue Dragon Children's Foundation (Hanoi, Vietnam)
"BDCF aim to break the poverty cycle by offering education, training, and job opportunities to those who need them the most: street kids, child victims of trafficking, and the rural poor."
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Inc (Los Angeles, CA)
“The Center is a non-profit, public interest legal foundation dedicated to furthering and protecting the civil, constitutional, and human rights of immigrants, refugees, children, and the poor.”
Common Ground Sanctuary* (Royal Oak, MI)
“Common Ground provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, people trying to cope with critical situations and runaway and homeless youths.”
Dongjen Center for Education and Action* (Beijing, China)
“Since 2003, COAP has been devoted to providing assistance and advocacy for families in Henan who have been affected by HIV/AIDS, particularly children orphaned by AIDS. With an emphasis on the ideals of human worth and humane care, COAP, through non-government channels, aims to provide assistance to AIDS orphans and HIV/AIDS affected families.”
German Marshall Fund* (Washington, DC, Brussels, Belgium)
“The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.”
Global Fund for Women (San Francisco, New York, Worldwide)
"The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world."
GreenMango* (Hyderabad & Bangalore, India)
An on-line social marketing project which aims “first, to make your life easier by giving you hard to find information and second, to bring small businesses online to help them find more customers and grow.”
Hagar International (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
"Hagar is an international Christian organization committed to the recovery, empowerment and reintegration of women and children in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Vietnam... At Hagar, social programs meet social business. This approach, including recovery shelters, education, vocational training, and employment, and has enabled hundreds of women and children to reintegrate into community again."
HealthRight International (New York, NY)
“HealthRight International (formerly Doctors of the World-USA) is a global health and human rights organization working to build lasting access to health for excluded communities.”
Human Rights Campaign (Washington, DC)
“The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.”
Human Rights in China* (New York & Hong Kong)
“Human Rights in China (HRIC), founded by Chinese students and scholars in March 1989, is an international, Chinese, nongovernmental organization with a mission to promote international human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in the People’s Republic of China.”
Human Rights Watch* (New York, London, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Brussels, and Berlin offices)
“Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.”
Hungarian Human Rights Foundation* (New York)
"The Hungarian Human Rights Foundation (HHRF) has been helping Hungarian minorities in Central Europe to be heard for nearly three decades. We’re the only professional organization in the West devoted to the rights of ethnic Hungarians in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Croatia and Slovenia."
Japan Association for Refugees* (Tokyo, Japan)
Improving the overall environment surrounding refugees and asylum-seekers in Japan.
Lutheran Social Services* (Washington, DC)
“Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) walks with those in need and mobilizes community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives.”
Mid Missouri Peaceworks* (Columbia, MO)
“Peaceworks holds a vision of an ecologically sound, sustainable world and a violence-free community in which human equality and justice flourish. We aspire to create a participatory, cooperative social order in which all individuals can fully actualize their potential free of coercion or violence.”
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (Minneapolis, MN)
“The mission of The Advocates for Human Rights is to implement international human rights standards in order to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law. By involving volunteers in research, education, and advocacy, we build broad constituencies in the United States and select global communities.”
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Oakland, CA)
“The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.”
Phnom Penh Post* (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
"A history that stretches back more than 15 years has made the Phnom Penh Post the ‘Newspaper of Record’. In fact the Phnom Penh Post is the oldest existing independent newspaper in any language in Cambodia." The Post gives interns freedom and access to dig into stories of their choice. So if you want to investigate any Cambodia-related issues on the ground, here's a place to work.
Physicians for Human Rights (Cambridge, MA)
“PHR was founded in 1986 on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to investigate the health consequences of human rights violations and work to stop them.”
Physicians for Social Responsibility (Washington, DC)
“Physicians for Social Responsibility is the medical and public health voice working to prevent the use or spread of nuclear weapons and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and the toxic degradation of the environment.”
Pro Mujer* (New York, NY, and Latin American countries)
“Pro Mujer is an international women’s development and microfinance organization whose mission is to provide Latin America’s poor women with the means to build livelihoods for themselves and futures for their families through microfinance, business training, and healthcare support.”
RADDHO – African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights* (Dakar, Senegal)
“RADDHO works towards realising the rule of law and democratic tolerance through various projects, including conferences on human rights, field investigations and the publication of reports. It also participates in observing elections in Senegal and elsewhere in the region.”
Resource Center for the Americas/Centro de las Americas (Minneapolis, MN)
“The Resource Center of the Americas informs, educates and organizes to promote human rights, economic justice, democratic participation, and cross cultural understanding in the context of globalization in the Americas.”
Resource Center for Nonviolence (Santa Cruz, CA)
Root Capital (Cambridge, MA, Latin America, Africa)
"Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that is pioneering finance for grassroots businesses in rural areas of developing countries. We provide capital, deliver financial training, and strengthen market connections for small and growing businesses that build sustainable livelihoods and transform rural communities in poor, environmentally vulnerable places."
Seva Mandir* (Udaipur, India)
“Seva Mandir’s mission is to make real the idea of a society consisting of free and equal citizens who are able to come together and solve the problems that affect them in their particular contexts. The commitment is to work for a paradigm of development and governance that is democratic and polyarchic.”
Student Peace Action Network – SPAN (Washington, DC)
“We organize to build the leadership of young people in the peace movement. We campaign to decrease the number of young people who enlist in the military. We oppose the poverty draft, the unjust recruitment of America’s youth, and all violations of student privacy rights. Militarism among youth is not inevitable. And neither is war. We push for practical alternatives.”
ThaiCraft (Bangkok, Thailand)
"an independent “Fair Trade” company marketing quality handicrafts made by village groups of artisans in all parts of Thailand. "
Tostan-Dakar* (Thiès, Senegal, with offices in Washington, DC)
“Tostan's mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.”
UNICEF (International, various continents)
“UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.”
Vera Institute of Justice (New York, NY, Washington, DC, and New Orleans, LA)
“The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.”
Volunteer Partnership for West Africa* (Accra, Ghana)
“A volunteer driven non-profit NGO based in Ghana which aims to promote better life opportunities for people in underprivileged communities through better education, health, sanitation and sustainable development.”
Volunteers for Peace, Inc (International, various continents)
“Volunteers For Peace offers placement in international volunteer projects in more than 100 countries.”
WITNESS (New York, NY)
“WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.”
STUDY PROGRAMS IN HUMAN RIGHTS
Global Youth Connect* (International)
“GYC’s programs provide youth (ages 14-30) from a wide range of ethnic, national, economic and religious backgrounds with opportunities to enhance their ability to take action on pressing human rights issues. Our programs weave together: experiential training programs and workshops; skills development in grassroots organizing, conflict transformation, human rights activism and leadership; mentoring and technical support for on-going organizing efforts; on-the-ground experience in human rights organizations and doing human rights work; and connection to a global community of youth activists.”
Humanity in Action* (International)
“HIA is an international educational organization that engages, inspires, and continuously develops a network of students, young professionals, and established leaders committed to protecting minorities and promoting human rights—in their own communities and around the world.”