CHRGJ Summer Internship Program

2013 CHRGJ Summer Interns with Professor Sarah Knuckey

CHRGJ hosts a competitive, full-time 10-week summer internship program, hiring anywhere between 5-10 applicants annually.

A call for applications for Summer 2018 internships will be posted on our website in October. Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the announcement. Inquiries about the internship program can be sent to CHRGJ’s Executive Director Deborah Popowski.

Once selected, interns are provided with several educational opportunities and orientation sessions aimed at expanding their knowledge of human rights law, scholarship, and practice. Interns typically commit to 10 weeks of full-time work and the summer term usually starts in early June. Work assignments match skills sets to CHRGJ’s current research needs and typically involve some combination of research, writing, advocacy, and litigation work. Interested students are encouraged to look at our current projects and to express their preferences during the application process.

We also occasionally accept part-time interns throughout the school year. If interested, please use the contact information above and clearly state your availability, interest, and time frame in a cover letter, accompanied by a current CV, or look at the other opportunities listed on this website.


Testimonials from Past Interns

intern goodbye 150814“I worked as an intern at the CHRGJ during the summer. While my position was only of a short duration, I was immediately involved in extremely high-level research and advocacy projects. I was able to take on challenging work, but also received useful and constructive feedback from which I was able to learn. In addition to working with people at CHRGJ, I also had the opportunity to work with individuals at other national and international organizations through partnerships relating to various projects. My time working at CHRGJ was fantastic and I highly recommend the opportunity to anyone interested in learning about effective advocacy and lawyering.”

– Brooke Skartvedt Guven (LLM, ’16, CHRGJ Summer Intern 2015)


“My CHRGJ internship was a fantastic experience to get first-hand exposure to human rights work. The majority of my work at the Center focused on the Lethal Robotics Project, where I assisted with developing a report on the human rights and humanitarian law issues associated with the increasing autonomy of unmanned weapons systems. My work on drones also involved research on the New America Foundation’s analysis of media articles documenting casualties from U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan in 2012, and I had the pleasure of seeing our work cited in a news article by Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic, “Flawed Analysis of Drone Strike Data is Misleading Americans”.

Throughout the internship, I gained exposure to the other exciting projects run by the Center, including the Occupy Project and the report it launched wit the help of several of my fellow interns this summer,  Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the U.S. Response to Occupy Wall Street. The Center also hosted regular lunches where guest speakers presented on their research and areas of interest, which was a great opportunity to get an insight into specific human rights issues from experts in the field. I thoroughly enjoyed the internship, learned a great deal, and feel that I was able to make a valuable contribution to the work of the Center.”

– Chris Holland (LLM, ’12; CHRGJ Summer Intern 2012)