Opportunities for Law Students: Internships & Fellowships

Summer 2017 Human RIghts Fellows. From L to R: Leslie Wise, Phill Melton, Elizabeth Schmelzel, Julie Wilson. Not pictured: Dan Benowitz.

Summer Human Rights Fellowships

Application Deadline: March 19, 2018

The Rapoport Center offers summer funding to Texas Law students working in international and transnational human rights—including within the United States—connected to the Center’s mission of serving as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.

A Chinese agricultural worker toiling in Guangxi, China (photo by Kyle Taylor, shared under a CC BY 2.0 license)

Summer Fellowships in Labor, Human Rights & Inequality

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

As part of a five-year project to explore the relationship between economic inequality and human rights, the Rapoport Center is offering summer fellowships in 2018 for UT law and graduate students to intern with organizations collaborating/based in the Global South, working on issues of labor, human rights, and inequality.

"Berta Cáceres" by UNEP is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Berta Cáceres Human Rights Fellowship

This fellowship honors indigenous Honduran activist Berta Cáceres and is open to law and non-law graduate students at UT with interests in indigenous rights and/or environmental justice.

Charles Moyer

The Charles Moyer Human Rights Fellowship

The Charles Moyer Human Rights Fellowship honors the life and work of Charles Moyer, whose professional career has been devoted to the international protection of human rights, and who was the first Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

​2013 Rapoport Center Summer Fellow Elizabeth Nguyen during her internship at the ICTY
​2013 Rapoport Center Summer Fellow Elizabeth Nguyen (second row, second from left) with judges, associate legal officers, and interns of the Karadzic team of Trial Chamber III on the terrace of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

International Court & Tribunal Internships

Application Deadline: November 8, 2017

The Rapoport Center facilitates judicial internship placements for Texas Law students with international courts and tribunals, including the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Students may receive funding or academic credit for these internships.

​2015-2016 Human Rights Scholars (left to right) Safa Peera, Helen Kerwin, and Mihret Getabicha
​2015-2016 Human Rights Scholars (left to right) Safa Peera, Helen Kerwin, and Mihret Getabicha

Human Rights Scholars Program

Application Deadline: May 3, 2017

As promising leaders in the human rights field, Human Rights Scholars play a vital role in the daily life and future of the Rapoport Center. These students have a strong background in and commitment to international human rights and justice. Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in collaborative research on human rights topics and to work closely with the Rapoport Center's programs and planning over the course of the academic year.

2017 Graduate Summer Fellows Simone Gubler, Karen Lee, and Tom Elliott

Graduate Summer Fellowships at the Rapoport Center

Application Deadline: March 27, 2017

Fellowships are available for law and graduate students to work at the Rapoport Center over the summer and help with projects, publications, events, and research. Summer fellows advance the Center's mission and ensure that Center projects reflect and incorporate the diverse perspectives and expertise of a multidisciplinary UT academic community.

Human Rights Internship & Employment Database

This list of human rights organizations, while by no means comprehensive, can be used as a starting point for students to search for opportunities around the world. Organizations where former Rapoport Center Fellows have worked are marked.