Fall 2014 undergraduate interns Hannah Guernsey, Akira Conley, and Collin Poirot
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law offers Fall, Spring, and Summer internships to undergraduates who are interested in working in the field of human rights. Interns are chosen based on their academic credentials and background and interest in community outreach and human rights. If interested, please see the application process below.
Undergraduate interns bring excitement and expanded capabilities to the Rapoport Center. The interns offer invaluable support to many Center programs and also initiate new projects, such as identifying courses in human rights across campus, interviewing the Center's faculty affiliates so as to make the Center more attentive to their interests and work, and expanding outreach to undergraduate and graduate students across campus through the Human Rights Student Advisory Council. The interns also work with the Center faculty, staff, and human rights scholars on conference planning, alumni outreach, and coverage of the Center’s Human Rights Speaker Series and other sponsored events.
"I have been thrilled by the work and commitment of the undergraduate interns," said Professor Karen Engle, the Center's Co-Director. "We are honored that these talented and active students have chosen to make human rights work such a priority in their lives." Former Associate Director, Ariel Dulitzky adds, "We are very grateful to have the opportunity to work with these brilliant, committed and responsible undergraduate interns. We hope that through the internship they will gain valuable experience regarding the practice and theory of human rights."
Fall 2013 undergraduate interns Jordan Greenberg, Hirrah Barlas, and Kimia Dargahi
About the Internship
Interns support various initiatives at the Rapoport Center. This internship is ideal for students who are interested in:
- Working on human rights research and advocacy projects
- Learning how an academic center functions
- Engaging in human rights scholarship
- Gaining practical experience
- Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students
This is an unpaid internship. Selected interns should be available at least 10 hours per week during the semester, and 15-20 hours per week during the summer.
Spring 2012 undergraduate interns Courtney Lee, Tim Schroedter, and Heather Wong
The Role of Human Rights Interns
Undergraduate interns play an important role at the Rapoport Center. Interns will focus on different activities, depending on their background, interest, and the needs of the Center. Primary duties include:
- Assisting with human rights 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
- Assisting Co-Directors, Assistant Director, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned
- Commitment to working on issues of human rights and justice
- Excellent writing skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Demonstrated regular and punctual attendance at work
- Professional demeanor
The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:
- Demonstrated experience with publication, design, and website software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite)
- Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
- Experience with scholarly research and editing
- Journalism experience
Qualified students should submit the following items individually in PDF format via email (subject: Undergraduate Internship) to Rapoport Center Assistant Director William Chandler (email@example.com):
Fall 2011 undergraduate interns Roberto Flotte, Lynda Gonzalez, and Courtney Lee
- 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 contact information)
- Writing sample (3-5 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable)
Thank you and good luck!