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3 Paid Human Rights Internships To Start Your Career


The Brennan Center for Justice Internships

The Brennan Center is offering internships for undergraduate students in New York City and Washington, DC. The deadline for applications is September 15; November 15 for the spring term; and February 15 for the summer term. The Brennan Center offers a broad variety of internships tackling human rights issues.

  • Development – assisting in event organization; updating the fundraising database; researching funding opportunities; and assisting in donor correspondence.
  • Finance & Operations – processing job applications; assisting in processing payables and receivables; responding to prisoner correspondence; and assisting human resources staff.
  • Communications – filing press clips and tracking media appearances; creating and updating press lists; tracking BC issues and initiatives on the web; creating and editing event transcripts; and assisting in outreach.
  • Democracy – providing administrative support for litigation; conducting research; and preparing employee expense reports.
  • Justice – maintaining contact database; conducting research; and providing event support.
  • Liberty & National Security – updating the website; preliminary research (e.g., finding relevant material on radicalization policies in different countries) and editing papers.

The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Experience with Windows XP, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, a must. Database experience very helpful. Must be open to evolving responsibilities. These positions are only open to current undergraduate students. The salary is $11.00 per hour.

Spring 2017 Arab American Institute Summer Internship

The Arab American Institute (AAI) offers a plethora of Spring internships to suit various interests. These positions begin on January 23rd, 2017, and continue for a consecutive ten to twelve weeks. While some of the placements are not at the AAI office, they are all in Washington, DC. Primarily administrative in nature, the positions cover topics from communications to policy-making. These internships are open to all US citizen college students, graduates, and Arab Americans, who have a passion for advocacy and empowering youth. Uniquely, those admitted to the program can choose whether to receive college credit or a salary of $1000 a month. Applications must be received by October 28, 2016.

The Allan Rosenfield, M.D., HIV/AIDS Public Policy Internship and Fellowship Program

Allan Rosenfield was an extraordinary educator and social leader who advocated for a long list of causes, including reproductive rights and getting care for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Now, the Foundation for AIDS Research is looking to fill six fellowship positions in line with his great legacy at their Public Policy office in Washington, DC. Candidates will have the opportunity to take a direct role in public health policy, and will learn vital skills to aid in their careers. While the salary is unspecified, the work is full time for a period of four to six months. To be eligible, applicants must have an undergraduate degree and a keen interest in the systems of health in place for sufferers of HIV/AIDS. No application deadline is mentioned.

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