Interns at the Human Rights Documentation Exchange can expect to gain meaningful experience and insight into the issues of human rights and refugees. We will strive to create a respectful and positive learning experience for you. Internships require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week (during office hours) for at least 8 consecutive weeks. Internships are available for the Fall, Spring, and Summer and are unpaid.
To be considered for an internship please provide a resume and cover letter explaining why you want to intern with the Human Rights Documentation Exchange, your background and experience, and any particular areas of interest such as women's rights, gay rights, international law, or refugee rights.
Attn: Internship Coordinator CoordinatorAfter we receive your resume, the Internship Coordinator will contact you for an interview.
Another intern wanted to learn more about the plight of women around the world before beginning a master's program in Women's Studies. She chose to work primarily on the Women's Asylum and Battered Immigrant Women's Documentation Project (link) researching topics such as the legal status and rights of women, cultural/societal attitudes affecting women, community resources available to women affected by violence, and country conditions relating to health care, education and poverty in their countries of origin. She was also responsible for standardizing the organization the women's files and maintaining bibliographies for each country.
A student interested in refugee issues is currently working on the Documentation Service for Detained Refugees. He is responsible for screening letters from incarcerated refugees, corresponding with them, and identifying the assistance they require. If the client needs information to support an asylum claim, the intern researches relevant country conditions for that individual. He also provides attorney referrals to other projects and firms, reports abuse of a detainee at a facility to the appropriate organizations, and tracks down clients who have been moved to other facilities without notice.
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