Undergraduate Internships

Undergraduate interns bring excitement and expanded capabilities to the Rapoport Center. 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

Summer 2017 Interns Rachel Zein and Emily Cantwell

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 include:

  • Assisting with research and advocacy projects
  • Supporting the coordination and publicity of events and programs
  • Writing and editing articles, designing layout, and working extensively with the software program InDesign for the Center's Annual Review publication
  • 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 (through the Human Rights Student Advisory Council) and helping develop Center's undergraduate outreach
  • Assisting Co-Directors, Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned

Internships offer a modest scholarship. Selected interns should be available at least 10 hours per week during the semester, and 20 hours per week during the summer.

View our current interns


Note: We are not considering applications for the standard undergraduate internship in Fall 2020. If you are interested in a Fall 2020 internship, please check your eligibility for the Barbara Harlow Internship in Human Rights and Social Justice.

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 experience with publication, design, and website software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Demonstrated experience with videography, podcasts, and/or webisode production
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • Experience with scholarly research and editing
  • Journalism experience

How to Apply

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

  • Cover letter
    State why you are interested in the position; demonstrate basic knowledge of our programs and activities
  • CV/Resume
    Indicate any relevant skills and foreign language proficiency
  • Transcript
    Unofficial is acceptable; an official copy can be mailed 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


Contact Rapoport Center Assistant Director Sarah Eliason at