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Human Rights Program

  • A commitment to human rights for all people around the world was a founding principle of The Carter Center. Interns in this program support this important mission through the Center's work to protect and promote human rights.

Overview

A commitment to human rights for all people around the world is a founding principle of The Carter Center. The Human Rights Program works to advance human rights globally through the protection of human rights defenders, the convening of leading activists and decision makers, and the building of capacity of local actors to promote human rights in their communities.

An internship with the Human Rights Program involves rewarding, substantive contributions to all aspects of the program's work, including communications with those seeking help, nongovernmental organization partners such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, attorneys, government offices, and/or local human rights-oriented NGOs worldwide.

Interns carry out scholarly research and analysis to support our initiative of mobilizing action for women and girls in West African countries, including occasional travel to the field, as well as to inform the annual Human Rights Defenders Forum (summer session only). Interns also produce online content to support and promote public dialogue on human rights issues. 

Number of Interns per Semester: 2-3 total

Internships are available in the following three areas:

+Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls

The Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls initiative is designed to educate and mobilize a theologically diverse and expansive coalition of leaders from West Africa and North Africa to actively combat violence and discrimination against women. The initiative advances justice-based interpretations of religious texts and develops training materials that underscore human rights and gender equality for use by religious and traditional leaders. 

Applicant Preferences:

  • A strong human rights background, experientially or educationally
  • Ability to speak French and/or West African languages (e.g. Hausa, Twi, Yoruba)
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Theological coursework
  • Recent undergraduate or graduate student

Typical Projects:

  • Research human rights issues regarding the intersection of conflict, religion, and gender
  • Prepare briefing materials and record minutes for executive meetings
  • Handle memoranda for senior Carter Center staff, including President Carter
  • Work directly on project planning and monitor the success of implemented initiatives in various countries

+Forum on Women Website

The Forum on Women, Religion, Violence, and Power at the Center is a platform for organizational and individual collaboration among diverse defenders of women’s and girls’ human rights. This initiative encourages and supports greater efforts by scholars, activists, policymakers, and leaders of major faiths to ensure that women everywhere enjoy the same respect and protections as men.

The Forum hosts live online conversations, typically with Google Hangouts on Air, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live focused on building community and constructive outcomes.

Applicant Preferences:

  • A strong human rights background, experientially or educationally
  • Strong interest in online storytelling, collaboration, and community building
  • Previous experience updating and managing online platforms and social media
  • Excellent written and oral skills
  • Awareness of journalistic practice and AP style
  • Digital content production skills including text, audio, and video

Typical Projects:

  • Create online content around human rights issues
  • Conduct interviews with human rights defenders in a variety of formats (text, audio, video)
  • Research human rights issues regarding the intersection of conflict, religion, and gender and draft publications
  • Work directly on project planning and monitor the success of online engagements
  • Daily social media updates in multiple channels on human rights issues

+Human Rights Defenders Forum (summer only)

The Human Rights Defenders Forum is an annual gathering of human rights activists from all regions of the world. The forum generates a picture of the state of global democracy and human rights movements and further reports to public and U.S. policy-makers. Interns in this area will play critical roles in ensuring the success of the Forum conference.

Applicant Preferences:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Attention to detail
  • Appreciation of critical path and thorough follow-through
  • Background, either academically or experientially, in the hospitality industry, (i.e. catering, hotel, or conference centers), marketing, or management are preferred
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and circumstances
  • Night and weekend availability
  • Ability to solve complex interpersonal challenges and communicate across cultures
  • Foreign languages skills, especially French, Spanish, Arabic

Typical Projects:

  • Accompany staff on site visits
  • Work with external event sponsors
  • Assist in executing events
  • Generate event specific social media content
  • Attend pre-conference planning meetings
  • Update and disseminate event information

Interested in applying for an internship in the Center's Human Rights Program? Check out the application deadlines >

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Application Deadlines

Internships

FALL (late August – early December)
Deadline: June 15


SPRING (mid-January – early May)
Deadline: Oct. 15


SUMMER (mid-May – mid-August) 
Deadline: March 1

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