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Human Rights Law Group

1200 18th Street NW
Suite 602
Washington DC 20036

Tel: (202) 822-4600
Language: Fluency in one other language a plus but not necessary
Salary: Unpaid

The International Human Rights Law Group is a non-profit organization engaged in advocacy, strategic human rights lawyering and training around the world. Their mission is to empower local advocates to expand the scope of human rights protections and to promote broad participation in building human rights standards and procedures at the national, regional and international levels. Drawing on our in-country presence, we bring the voices of local activists to the attention of the international human rights community to integrate those voices into foreign policy discussions and actions, particularly in the United States and at the United Nations. Offices exist in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Morocco.

The International Human Rights Law Group offers undergraduate, legal and other graduate internships. During fall and spring, part-time internships (16 hours per week) are available. Summer internships are full-time and run for ten weeks. Although internships are unpaid, they may be taken for academic credit depending on school policies. We are looking for students with a demonstrated commitment to human rights and international law. Excellent writing and research skills are a must. Fluency or working knowledge of other languages would be a plus. Applicants for legal internships must have completed at least three semesters of law school. Deadlines are as follows:

summer internships
=   March 31;
fall internships =   August 31;
spring internships =   December 31.

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, writing samples and three letters of recommendation.


Christian Peacemakers

Box 6508
Chicago, IL 60680-6508

Tel: (773) 277-0253
Language: Depends on placement but probably Spanish
Salary: Unpaid

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy. The Peace Churches have brought an important gift to the table; namely, the absolute refusal to kill in situations of conflict. CPT currently has programs in Afghanistan, Canada, Colombia, Hebron, Mexico, Puerto Rico, USA, United Kingdom.

Volunteers serve on a team that is devoted to human rights monitoring and violence reduction work. Due to the difficult work, there is an intensive four-week training program required. Thus, only long-term and committed people are encouraged to apply. There is no set application procedure and those interested should contact the organization directly.


Partners for Democratic Change

245 West 29th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Tel: (212) 695-1795
Email: OR
Language: Depends on site and need
Salary: unpaid

Partners for Democratic Change (Partners) is an international organization committed to building sustainable local capacity to advance civil society and a culture of change and conflict management worldwide. Partners builds the capacity of local institutions to promote democratic, participatory change and develops locally staffed and managed Centers for Change & Conflict Management, currently located in Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

Partners offers civil society development internships only occasionally. The internships can be administrative, editorial, IT or any other depending on need. Foreign language requirements also vary depending on need. Contact Partners directly for internship availability and the application form.


Minnesota International Health Volunteers
122 West Franklin Ave., Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55404-2480

Phone: (612) 871-3759
Fax: (612) 871-8775

Minnesota International Health Volunteers is a domestic and international non-profit organization. The mission of this organization is to improve health by creating self-sustaining health care projects worldwide and to create partnerships for learning among U.S. and host-country volunteers. We offer programs worldwide including, Kenya, Uganda, and Nicaragua.




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