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Human Rights Education Program Internships

The Advocates provides human rights education, training, advocacy, and materials to help people learn about and apply international human rights standards in their daily lives and communities. To learn more about educational programming at The Advocates, please click here.

The Education Program welcomes teachers, pre-service teachers, or undergraduate/graduate students in education or related fields to assist with research, curriculum writing, workshop and training development, event planning, and program administration.  Past and current interns have conducted research on human rights violations in the United States, written lesson plans for ELL teachers, assisted in organizing events, and helped compile training resources.  

Possible intern duties:

  • Research and write human rights education curriculum and lesson plans for K-12 teachers.
  • Research and write educational materials (fact sheets, training activities, etc) for use with community groups and professionals.
  • Conduct background research and compile resource lists for use in trainings and educational materials.
  • Assist with planning trainings, workshops, and speaking engagements, including community forums, teacher trainings, student workshops, etc.
  • Help to plan and staff special events, such as our Human Rights Day celebration, Minnesota State Fair booth, or annual Human Rights Awards Dinner.
  • Review program web pages and assist in updates and changes.
  • Assist with identifying and developing new school or community partnerships.
  • Create and implement promotional plans for educational resources.
  • Perform miscellaneous tasks as they arise or as a specific interest develops.

Required qualifications/experience/interests:

  • Strong writing and organizational skills  
  • Research experience and the ability to analyze data
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Interest in human rights education, both pedagogy and content
  • Interest in one of the Education Program's focus areas:
    • Rights-based programming
    • Human rights issues in the United States (especially economic, social, and cultural rights)
    • Refugees, immigrants, and other new arrivals to the United States
    • Peace education
  • Sensitivity to diverse cultures
  • Fluency in English
Recommended qualifications/experience/interests:
  • Experience working with youth
  • Background in teaching or training
  • Proficiency in a second language
Applying for an Education Program Internship
In your cover letter, please indicate your qualifications and interests in the area of human rights education, in particular.

Internship Application Deadlines: 

  • Fall: September 15
  • Winter/Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 1