CCHR Funding for Summer Human Rights Internships

Author: Susan Good

For the fourth year, the Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) will provide internship funding for up to three J.D. students who seek unpaid international internships in the field of human rights law.

Past recipients of CCHR funding have worked with domestic and international human rights NGOs, regional tribunals, legal aid clinics and academic centers in countries including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, Bolivia, and Costa Rica.

Applicants are required to secure their own internship; CCHR faculty and staff are available to assist in identifying possible host organizations. Preference will be given to those applicants who will directly use their legal education and skills.

Interested applicants should send the following to Sean O’Brien, CCHR Assistant Director, at by March 1, 2012:

1. a cover letter (no longer than two pages single-spaced) that includes:
a. an explanation of your past human rights experience
b. your reasons for pursuing this internship and how it advances your career goals
c. a description of the organization for which you will intern and your understanding of the role you will play within that organization
2. a rough budget highlighting your expected expenses (funding from the CCHR is limited and will be a contribution towards your major expenses)
3. your updated CV
4. your transcript (unofficial is fine)
5. the names of two NDLS faculty for references

Applicants without firm offers by March 1, but who are actively seeking an internship, should still apply.

Please direct questions to Sean O’Brien at