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

Student Opportunities

Refugee Fellows Program

Refugees International is excited to announce the establishment of a new Refugee Fellows Program, which will equip and elevate the voices and perspectives of refugee leaders in global advocacy. Refugees International will launch the first cohort of non-resident fellows this year, offering fellowships to four to five leaders with lived expertise of displacement from geographically diverse areas of the globe. Fellows will be emerging leaders in the refugee advocacy community and will partner with Refugees International during a one-year term to advance the rights and safety of displaced people around the world. Fellows will collaborate closely with Refugees International staff to co-design and execute a project or initiative to influence refugee policy. These may include a Refugees International report and/or other forms of analysis and advocacy—including externally published opinion pieces, events, direct advocacy with policy makers, participation in international donor and policy forums, and/or media interviews. Fellows will receive a $15,000 grant in four quarterly installments of $3,750 throughout the year. 

For more information on eligibility and the application process, go here. Applications are due by February 28th, at 12pm ET.

CHRHS Event Student Assistant

The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) is seeking a student to assist the CHRHS Program Manager and will be an integral member of a new events team. Student will be required to work on the logistics of an event and complete a variety of clerical and office-related tasks, including creating posters, picking up printed posters, assembling mailings, creating email notices, and posting events on social media. Student is expected to work events that fit their schedule. The successful candidate will be an inquisitive individual who can work independently, following guidance provided weekly. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For best consideration, please apply by January 18th.

For more information and to apply, go here.

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 William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Learn more here>

Summer 2023 Internship Opportunities

The deadline to apply is now closed. Please check back for Summer 2024 information.   

Sanctions and Human Rights Study Group

Lead by Visiting Scholar Mark Ferullo, the primary objective of the study group is to broaden the understanding of economic sanctions, an increasingly relevant foreign policy tool for human rights defenders and humanitarian workers to understand. Through guided discussion, the study group will move beyond the theory of economic coercion to the practical application of sanctions. By examining real-world sanctions, students will explore the basic principles of sanctions, the policy thinking and politics behind implementation of sanctions programs and thepracticalities of developing and enforcing sanctions. 

The first session will take place Wednesday, February 08, 2023 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Kim Koo Library (Rm 328) at Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street). 


Refugee Dream Center IAPA Research Assistant

The Refugee Dream Center (RDC) Assistantship is an opportunity for a Brown University undergraduate student to pursue a year-long position in refugee rights and refugee resettlement policy and advocacy. The assistantship is a partnership between the Refugee Dream Center and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) at Brown University’s Watson Institute, with support from Watson’s MPA and IAPA Programs. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For best consideration, please apply by November 7th.

For more information and to apply, go here.

Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice

The Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice (SCIJ) partners with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at Brown University to train students to provide legal services to asylum seekers and organize for immigrant justice.This program is open to Brown University undergraduate students and SCIJ strongly encourages first-years and students with direct connections to immigration to apply. The application window will open at the start of the Fall '23 semester Learn More >

    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 >