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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.  The Advocates develops and distributes curricular resources, publications, and reports; and conducts presentations, lecture and film series, conferences, and professional development seminars. The websites and allow thousands of people across the world to access the Advocates’ innovative educational materials that encourage everyone to get informed, get involved, and get others interested in human rights.  To learn more about the Education work of the Advocates please click here.

The Education Program welcomes undergraduate, graduate, and law school students 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 the annual Law and Policy Conference, 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, attorney CLE (Continuing Legal Education) courses, student workshops, etc.
  • Help to plan and staff special events, such as our Human Rights Day celebration, Law and Policy Conference, Minnesota State Fair booth, or Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner
  • Review program web pages and assist in updates/changes as the need arises
  • Assist with identifying and developing new school or community partnerships
  • Create and implement promotional plans for educational resources
  • Miscellaneous tasks as they arise or as a specific interest develops

Required qualifications/experience/interests:

  • Strong organizational and writing 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
  • Interest in one of the Education Program's focus areas:
    • Refugees, immigrants, and other new arrivals to the United States
    • Human rights issues in the United States (especially economic, social, and cultural rights)
    • Rights-based programming
  • Sensitivity to diverse cultures
  • Patience and a sense of humor
  • Fluency in English
Recommended qualifications/experience/interests:
  • Experience working with youth
  • Background in teaching or training
  • Proficiency in a second language

Time commitment:


For fall and spring internship: 8-15 hours per week for a total of 3-4 months

For academic year-long internship: 8-10 hours per week for a total of 7-8 months

For J-term internship: 40 hours per week for a total of one month

For summer internship: 20-40 hours per week for a total of 8-10 weeks

For a fellowship or special project: varies


Minimum of 180 total hours required for most internship positions