Human Rights Summer Internship

Awards $5,000 grants to support a summer internship with a human rights organization

The Human Rights Internship Program is an opportunity for University of Chicago students to explore human rights in practice, around the world. Human Rights Interns are awarded a flexible grant of $5,000 to pursue a summer internship related to their regional or thematic interests. 

Each year the Pozen Center supports an internship cohort of up to thirty students. Since it began in 1998, our program has helped place over 500 students in human rights internships. 

Deadline Information

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 10, 2019


The year-long Human Rights Internship Program includes: 

Check-ins and Training: weekly check-ins with an assigned Peer Leader and participation in six mandatory training sessions in Winter and Spring Quarter. 

Work Plan: complete an agreement with a host organization by mid-April.  

Coursework: take one approved human rights course in Winter or Spring Quarter before the summer internship. This applies only to students who have not already taken an approved course. Human rights coursework is not a requirement for application. 

Summer Internship: complete a 10-12 week, full-time summer internship with an approved host organization.  

Reports: send reports to the cohort and Pozen Center throughout the summer, and a final report upon return to campus. All returning interns present at our annual Internship Symposium to share their experience with the university community. 

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Application Process

Applications are submitted via the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights website:

Applicants are also required to obtain at least one letter of recommendation (plus an optional second letter).