Undergraduate Internships

The application cycle for Summer 2023 undergraduate internships has closed. Please note that there is a separate application process for the Barbara Harlow Internship in Human Rights and Social Justice.

Rapoport Center undergraduate interns bring energy, engagement, and expanded capacities to the Center’s programming. They will support various initiatives depending on their backgrounds, interests, and the needs of the Center. For Summer 2023, we are particularly interested in interns who have expertise or interest in the Center’s thematic priorities: environmental justice and climate justice, inequality, reproductive justice, among other focal points.

Internships are recommended for undergraduates 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 administrative experience
  • Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students on human rights research, advocacy, and education

Intern projects may include the following:

  • Maintain websites for the Rapoport Center’s projects and initiatives
  • Work on the publication of the Center's Annual Review by writing and editing articles, designing layout, and working extensively with the software program Adobe InDesign
  • Engage in human rights research and writing
  • Expand the Center's social media and general communications outreach
  • Serve as liaison to UT undergraduate community and help develop the Center's undergraduate outreach
  • Assisting Co-Directors, Program Coordinator, Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned

Eligibility: The internship is open to all currently enrolled UT Austin undergraduate students, regardless of major, and is open to UT students of all citizenship statuses.

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:


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


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

Summer internships offer a scholarship of $2500, and selected interns should be available at least 20 hours per week.

Qualified students should submit the following items in a single PDF file through our online form. Please make sure the file name includes your full name.

  • Cover letter: state why you are interested in the position; demonstrate basic knowledge of Rapoport Center programs and activities. Be sure to address your specific skills and qualifications.
  • Resume/CV: be sure to indicate any relevant skills or proficiency in languages other than English.
  • Transcript: we will accept both unofficial and official transcripts.
  • Writing sample (3-5 pages): it does not need to relate directly to human rights, though that is preferable.

View our current interns