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Graduate Assistantships: Human Rights Program

  • A commitment to human rights for all people around the world was a founding principle of The Carter Center. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The Human Rights Program of The Carter Center is a leader in the global movement to advance the human rights of women and girls. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter published a best-selling book in 2014 titled “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power” in which he calls on governments and citizens to take on the challenge of advancing the status of women and girls through all channels available to them.

HRP is currently seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2018-2019 session to provide support for HRP’s work in this area. Specifically, two inter-related efforts will be assigned to the student: assisting with the establishment of a Global Secretariat to Combat Violence Against Women at The Carter Center, and preparing for a series of events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2019.

The following benchmarks will serve to evaluate the student’s progress:

  • Conduct review of all major international organizations and/or networks that serve as a secretariat for women’s rights and identify possible gaps to be filled by TCC.
  • Preparation of written material for above.
  • Organize successful event(s) at UN CSW in 2019.
  • Write publishable paper on relevant topic.
  • Organize at least two online Roundtable discussions.
  • Research, as needed.


  • Currently enrolled graduate or doctoral student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program. 
  • A 20-hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months.
  • Strong writing and research experience.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team and manage complex assignments independently.

 Preferred qualifications:

  • Passion for activism focused on women's and girls' rights and/or gendered approaches.
  • Graduate experience in women’s rights, international relations, or UN agencies or activities.

Compensation: $14/hour

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Graduate Assistantship


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Application Open: Feb. 1-March 30

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