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

Student Opportunities


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. 

Summer 2023 Internship Opportunities

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2023 at 11:59 pm  

Learn More here >


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. 

Registration is due January 27th

 To register, complete the form here.


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 >