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Volunteer assisting with the 2003 Awards Dinner
If you are interested in becoming involved with The Advocates for Human Rights and can commit 8-12 hours per week (September to May) or a minimum of 20 hours per week during the summer, then you should consider becoming an intern with The Advocates for Human Rights. Interns play an integral role by assisting with activities such as research, writing, client service, media development, translation, or event planning as well as administrative tasks in our projects and programs (All internships include administrative duties)All volunteer positions are filled on a need basis. The Advocates internships do not offer financial compensation. 

If you are applying for an outside fellowship (i.e. you will have a source of outside funding while you intern at The Advocates) through your school or a fellowship program such as the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship or Equal Justice Works, you must submit your application materials to The Advocates at least 4 weeks in advance of the deadline for your fellowship application. For example, if your fellowship application deadline is February 15th, then you must have your internship application submitted to The Advocates by January 15th. If you are applying for a fellowship, pleace not this on the application form. Proposed fellowships must be directly related to The Advocates' program areas.

Many interns are students; however internship positions are also open to others.  During the school year most interns work 8-12 hours per week. During the summer most interns work 20-40 hours per week. We have fall, spring and summer internships that roughly follow school calendars. Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until the deadline:

Fall: September to December, applications due by August 1 
Spring: January to May, applications due by December 1
Summer: late May/early June to August, applications due by March 15.

In Addition: we seek interns for the month of mid-December to mid-January and for the month of August. You can apply for these internship specifically or extend them onto a fall, spring, or summer internship. If you are able to extend your internship, please note this on the application form. If you are applying specifically for a month long internship the deadlines are:

Winter: mid-December to mid January, applications due by November 15
August: August, applications due by July 1.

To see internship descriptions for different programs, please click on the links below:

Refugee and Immigrant Program

Human Rights Education Program

Women's Human Rights Program

International Women's Day

Human Rights Monitoring Project

Death Penalty Project

Journalism & Communications Internship

Graphic Design Internship

To apply for any of these internships, please download the Intern Application (Word document) and include a cover letter, resume, and either a brief (3-5 pages) writing sample or 3-5 visual samples with your application. Please email your application (MS Word) to [email protected] or mail the application to:

Intern Coordinator
The Advocates for Human Rights
650 Third Avenue South, #550
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1940

Or fax it to: 612-341-2971.

Please note, not all programs will need interns every term. You may email [email protected] if you are interested in interning with a specific program to find out if that program is seeking volunteers for the particular time period.