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The Barbara Harlow Internship in Human Rights & Social Justice

We are now accepting internship applications for Spring 2023. Please see application instructions below

The Barbara Harlow Internship in Human Rights & Social Justice honors the life and work of Barbara Harlow (1948-2017), who was the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature at the University of Texas. She was a committed colleague, friend, and mentor to countless students, activists, and intellectuals. As a collaboration between the Rapoport Center and the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP), the internship aims to introduce BDP students to Harlow’s scholarship and activism, and to encourage them to imagine future trajectories for her work.

This internship is chosen to honor Barbara Harlow because it was largely through her efforts that the Rapoport Center and the BDP partnered to create the Human Rights & Social Justice BDP certificate in 2009. Harlow chaired the faculty panel for the certificate from its inception until 2017. While the internship is open to all BDP students, regardless of which certificate they are pursuing, it is meant for students who are working on issues of social justice.

Barbara Harlow’s intellectual praxis crossed continents and encompassed diverse agendas: resistance, translation, political engagement and solidarity, human rights, and pedagogy. She contributed greatly to the University of Texas at Austin, not only through the English department, the Rapoport Center, and the BDP, but through several area studies programs and centers, including African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Studies. To learn more about her life and work, please visit the Rapoport Center's tribute page and the website for our 2017 conference, Barbara Harlow: The Sequel.

Fall, spring, and summer internships are available for undergraduates who are interested in:

  • Working on human rights and social justice research and advocacy projects
  • Learning how an academic center functions
  • Engaging in human rights scholarship
  • Gaining practical experience
  • Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students

The internship is made possible by seed money that Harlow gifted to the Rapoport Center and the BDP. Though the internship is similar to the Rapoport Center’s standard undergraduate internship, it offers a higher stipend ($1,500 for Spring 2023) and requires three additional components:

  • In the cover letter, students should reflect (in one paragraph) on how Harlow's scholarship and activism might influence their work with the Rapoport Center and their pursuit of human rights and social justice more broadly.
  • During the internship, each recipient will write a piece for our Human Rights Commentary page, which either engages directly with Harlow's work or uses her work as a lens through which to engage critically with a topic.
  • After the internship, each recipient will create a poster to reflect on the internship, taking into account Harlow's impact on their experience, and present it at the Annual BDP poster session in April. (Fall and Summer interns will submit at the end of their respective term, and then present in April.

Selected interns should be available at least 10 hours per week during the semester, and 20 hours per week during the summer. Depending on funding, between one and three internships will be offered per year. Students who are not selected for the Barbara Harlow Internship may be considered for our standard undergraduate internship.

We are pleased to honor Harlow's legacy in this way, and we look forward to continuing our support of undergraduate students in her name. Please scroll down for application information.

Former Recipients

Fall 2022: Lesly Chávez-Valencia

Summer 2022: Treasure Ibe

Spring 2022: Stephanie Flores

Fall 2021: Hana Thai

Summer 2021: Angelina Ramirez

Spring 2021: Sanika Nayak

Summer 2020: Jacob Blas

Spring 2020: Bianca (Nieves) Vázquez

Fall 2019: Carol-Armelle Ze-Noah

Spring 2019: Carlos Pinon

Fall 2018: Christina Cho

Summer 2018: Mehdia Mrabet

Spring 2018: Xavier Durham

Read Xavier's Human Rights Commentary, titled "Marielle Franco and the Brazilian Necropolis: Assassination and After Lives"

Please note: This internship is only open to BDP students. If you are not a BDP student, please consider our standard undergraduate internship.


The application window for Spring 2023 internships is now open! Due to a deadline extension, applications will now be accepted until November 28, 2022. Contact Rapoport Center Postgraduate Fellow, Cooper Christiancy, at if you have any questions.

Spring interns should be available to work 10 hours a week during the spring semester. This is a paid opportunity ($1,500 for the Spring 2023 semester).

Preferred Qualifications & Interests 

For Spring 2023, we are particularly interested in interns whose intellectual interests align with the Center’s current initiatives, including Beyond the Future of Work, reproductive justice, and environmental justice and climate justice.

Interns play an important role at the Rapoport Center and support various initiatives depending on their background, interest, and the needs of the Center.

Primary duties may include:

  • Assisting with research and advocacy projects
  • Supporting the coordination and publicity of events and programs
  • Expanding the Center's social media outreach
  • Providing administrative support for Center programs
  • Contributing written work for press releases, website, and Annual Review publications
  • Serving as liaison to UT undergraduate community and helping develop Center's undergraduate outreach
  • Writing and editing articles, designing layout, and working extensively with the software program InDesign for the Center's Annual Review publication
  • Assisting Co-Directors, Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to working on issues of human rights and justice
  • Excellent writing and editing ability
  • Individual initiative and flexibility
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Professional demeanor

The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:


  • Website development or social media experience (including the curation and organization of public-facing digital material)
  • Demonstrated expertise with videography, podcasts, and/or webisode production
  • Demonstrated expertise with publication and graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Demonstrated interest in themes such as care work, essential work, automation, and the global dimensions of worker precarity
  • Demonstrated interest in issues of reproductive justice or environmenta justice and climate justice


  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Experience with scholarly research and editing
  • Journalism experience

How to Apply

Qualified students should submit the following items through our online application system.

  • Cover letter
    State why you are interested in the position; demonstrate basic knowledge of our programs and activities. Reflect (in one paragraph) on how Barbara Harlow's scholarship and activism might influence your work with the Rapoport Center and your pursuit of human rights and social justice more broadly.
  • CV/Resume
    Indicate any relevant skills and proficiency in languages other than English
  • Transcript
    Unofficial is acceptable; an official copy can be mailed or emailed if needed, to arrive by the application due date
  • List of three references
    At least two must be UT faculty; include name, title, and contact information; full letters not required
  • Writing sample
    3-5 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable


November 28, 2022


Contact Rapoport Center Postgraduate Fellow, Cooper Christiancy, at if you have any questions.