About us

Human Rights Careers (HRC) was founded in 2015 with the goal to support human rights study applicants, students, alumni, graduates and professionals in pursuing and developing their career in the highly competitive field of human rights. Our mission is to make human rights careers more accessible by sharing, organizing and curating the best opportunities in the sector. With our website we guide our readers from the moment they are interested in working in the human rights sector to their senior-level position at an International Organization. 

Human Rights Careers seeks to empower human rights students and professionals by making timely and accurate career-related information accessible in one global space for free. To reach these goals HRC prioritizes contents that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their financial situation, country of origin or country of residence.

“Many young people in disadvantaged and underprivileged communities cannot afford to work in unpaid internships or to pay high tuition fees. They do not have access to the necessary education or qualifications that enable them to pursue a career in this sector. With Human Rights Careers we want to help narrow the gap to create a more inclusive, diverse and effective human rights workforce for the future.” – Robert Fellner, Founder Human Rights Careers

What you will find on Human Rights Careers

  • We promote internships but only when they are paid.
  • We publish about online courses but almost exclusively about courses free to audit or low-cost courses.
  • We promote scholarships and prioritize those open to international applicants.
  • We share information about master degrees and highlight/promote tuition free and fully funded degrees at no cost for the universities.
  • We interview human rights employees to share information that empowers, enables and equips entry level professionals
  • We hire human rights professional to write career-articles about their area of expertise
  • We hire human rights students to write about how they solved issues in their student life

The contents disseminated and published through this website include but are not limited to paid internships, entry level jobs, free online courses, tuition free masters degrees, scholarships and fellowships  and other career related articles by human rights professionals, activists, UN and NGO employees.  Today the platform reaches a large global readership with a constantly growing and highly engaged audience on Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn).

About the Founder

Human Rights Careers was founded by Robert Fellner in 2015. Robert has several years of working experience in human rights. From 2016 to 2020 he worked as Human Rights Education Technology Project Manager at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. He led Amnesty International’s global instructional design work delivering on educational experiences across various channels including Amnesty’s Human Rights Academy, Harvard’s edX and FutureLearn. Robert studied Human Rights and Literature in Vienna (Austria) and London (United Kingdom) and previously worked as lecturer at Ain Shams university and for the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Who runs Human Rights Careers

Human Rights Careers is currently led by Robert Fellner and run by several entry, mid-career and senior-level human rights professionals and freelancers. Our writers and interviewees include current and former employees of the United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross, Amnesty International and other major human rights organizations around the world. All authors on human rights careers have academic or working experience in the field of human rights or a closely related subject area.

Universities referencing Human Rights Careers on their websites

  • University of Oxford (USA), Career Center
  • New York University (USA), Wagner Institute
  • University of Geneva (Switzerland), Centre for Continuing and Distance Education
  • University of Michigan (USA), Michigan Law
  • Chapman University (USA), Wilkinson College
  • University of Ottawa (Canada), Human Rights Research and Education Centre
  • Saint Louis University Madrid (Spain), Career Resources
  • University of St. Andrews (Scotland), Careers Centre
  • George Washington University (USA), Career Exploration
  • Furman University (USA), Career Communities
  • Oregon Health & Science University (USA), Scholarships
  • Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada), Career pages


We are doing our best to keep the website and its contents accurate and up to date, however we cannot take any responsibility of unintended alternative or inaccurate information. We highly recommend to visit the official pages of the opportunities shared where applicable to receive the latest and most accurate information about any given item. HRC is an independent website entity not affiliated with any NGO, IO or the United Nations.The content of this publication/website has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.