About the Program

In April 2001, The Human Rights Project initiated a student summer internship program. This program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience first-hand the professional human rights environment, an integral part of human rights education and scholarship. At the moment, our program is open to Bard students exclusively.

Since 2012, the Human Rights Project internships have been made possible by the generosity of Tom Dengler ’61. Dengler Fellows have worked in places that allow them to test out in practice what they’ve been learning during classes, while at the same time contributing their intelligence and curiosity to a number of leading organizations in the field.

Students interested in applying for an internship should begin by choosing a particular field of human rights and researching the relevant organizations offering summer internships. It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure an internship on her/his own. If necessary, the Human Rights Project will assist a student in securing an internship, however the primary goal of this program is to allow students the independence to choose an internship that best coincides with their interests.

Awards range based on the length, cost, merit and number of applications, and can be anywhere from $200 to $2000 dollars, with an average award of about $1000. Generally, summer internships range in length from ten to twelve weeks.

A number of the students are supported in their endeavors as well by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Difference and Media Project.