Human Rights Internship

The Human Rights and Governance Grants Program (HRGGP) and the Scholarship Programs of the Open Society Institute announce an Human Rights Internship.

Deadline: 6/9/2010

The internship is intended for recent graduates of master’s and LLM programs in the social sciences, law, and humanities to the human rights sector, giving them the opportunity to gain first-hand research experience in the field of human rights, government accountability, or penal reform.

Successful candidates receive a locally determined stipend and the opportunity to work in one of the leading human rights and accountability advocacy organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The program is designed to benefit both the intern and the host organization.  Internships last from 6 to 12 months, depending on the research topic and scope. For the upcoming year, the Open Society Institute will support up to 10 internships.

Host NGOs
In 2010, the Open Society Institute Human Rights Internship has received expressions of interest from 12 potential hosting organizations. These organizations are international and local human rights and accountability groups working in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The list of participating NGOs and their priority research areas is attached below.


Eligible candidates must fulfill the following four requirements:

* Be the recipient of an OSI fellowship from the Scholarship Programs, or a graduate of the Central European University’s Human Rights Program or Comparative Constitutional Law Program.
* Have graduated in the past three years from LLM or MA studies in the social sciences, law, or humanities.
* Be a citizen of a country from Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, or Mongolia.
* Not have previously received an OSI Human Rights Internship or Internship Initiative scheme.

How to apply

Step 1: Contact a potential hosting organization from the list.
Please select from the list the hosting organization where you most wish to work, and contact them
directly. Submit your CV, a letter of intent explaining your background, your research interest, and
why you think the host organization would suit your needs, and two letters of reference from an
academic source or an NGO representative, to the designated contact person. On the basis of those
documents, the hosting organizations will do a pre-selection of candidates. All NGO contact details
can be found in the attached list of participating NGOs. The deadline for contacting hosting
organizations and applying is Monday, September 6, 2010.

Click here for the next steps.

Final Internship Application: Submit by Monday, October 1, 2010.

Go for more information to the official website.

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