About the Internship 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.

In 2015, the Human Rights Project initiated a collaborative internship program with the Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation for Bard students to gain hands-on experience with nonprofit groups and other organizations that focus on hatred, antisemitism, extremism, and xenophobia. In October 2018, this collaboration officially became the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, which continues to offer internship opportunities to students across Bard’s global network of campuses and to Bard’s high school students who are 18 years old by the application deadline.

To date, our students have interned with the Southern Poverty Law Center, PEN America, the Montana Human Rights Network, Buro zur Umsetsung von Gleishbehandlung, Political Research Associates, Women Wage Peace, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights. Awards range based on the length, cost, merit and number of applications, and can be anywhere up to $3000 dollars. Generally, summer internships range in length from ten to twelve weeks.

Application Requirements

The internship application consists of the following:

1. a brief statement of purpose (between 1-3 pages)
2. a completed internship application form
3. a budget proposal (living and transportation expenses if applicable)
4. a transcript or list of courses taken to date

The application submission deadline is March 26, 2019. Email your application to kstern@bard.edu and riou@bard.edu