Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Student Opportunities

Hack for Humanity - COVID-19 and the Next Pandemic: Improving Preparedness, Response, and Inclusivity

Hack for Humanity is an annual humanitarian and human rights focused hackathon at Brown University that brings together students to learn about the most pressing needs in the human rights and humanitarian sphere and develop creative ideas for innovative programs or technologies that could help improve the lives of disaster and conflict affected communities around the world.

This year's hackathon (March 20-21, 2021) will focus on how to better respond to pandemics and their associated far reaching societal impacts. Registered teams of students will work together virtually over the course of two days to develop creative ideas for innovative programs, systems, or technologies that could improve how we plan for and respond to pandemics.

Learn More  |  Team Registration

Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice

Starting fall 2020, SCIJ will be partnering with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at Brown University which means you can get trained to provide legal services to asylum seekers and organize for immigrant justice.This program is open to all Brown University undergraduate students and SCIJ strongly encourages first-years and students with direct connections to immigration to apply. Learn More >

Student Internships

CHRHS strives to fuse education and research to on-the-ground action by connecting students with experts through internships at top humanitarian and human rights organizations. Each year, qualified students are invited to apply for internships with one of our pre-identified partner organizations. Selected candidates will be given a fellowship award to help cover associated living expenses during the internship. The amount of the award will be tiered based on whether the internship is remote based or in-person. These curated internships are carefully crafted with our partners so as to provide Brown students with valuable hands-on experience and working knowledge of humanitarian and human rights issues and best practices. The funds available for these opportunities are made possible through generous support from the Hearst Foundation.

Summer 2021 Internship Opportunities (Closed)

Project HOPE - Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation Program Intern

Human Rights Watch - Program Division Intern

Americares - Program Intern

International Crisis Group - UN Advocacy Internship

Application Instructions

The application window has now closed for these opportunities.


Please contact Seth Stulen, CHRHS Program Manager with any questions.

Refugee Dream Center

The Refugee Dream Center is a post resettlement refugee agency located Providence, RI. It offers services targeting gaps within the refugee community by ensuring continuation of services in their efforts towards self-sufficiency and integration. The Refugee Dream Center does referrals, social level assistance, and skills development such as English language education for adults, health promotion and cultural orientation, youth mentoring, and case management. In addition, the Refugee Dream Center is a strong advocacy agency for the rights of refugees.

The Refugee Dream Center is always looking for volunteers to help teach ESl classes as well as other areas of support for refugees. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email refugeedreamcenter@gmail.com. 

    CHRHS Student Interest Form 

    If you are a Brown or RISD student interested in the work of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) and looking for potential internship and research opportunities with the Center or with any of our partners, please fill out this form to let us know of your interests. You can visit our website to learn more about our ongoing research and training programs as well as view the profiles of our global advisory board, affiliated faculty, and fellows. CHRHS will take on the role of facilitating these connections with the appropriate point person. We look forward to hearing from you! Student Interest Form >