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

Student Opportunities

Student Internships - Now Accepting Applications

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 2022 Internship Opportunities

Application Instructions

The application for all our positions is a two phase process. First, you must submit an Application Form that indicates your internship preferences and allows you to describe your interest in working for a humanitarian and/or human rights focused organization. After an initial screening of all applications by our review committee, shortlisted candidates will be selected for each internship. If you are selected as a shortlisted candidate, you will then have the opportunity to write a cover letter to the organization that you have been shortlisted with. The organizations then take over the process and will contact the students that they wish to interview. 

The deadline for submitting your Application Form is January 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Application process timeline

* This is a rough timeline to give you a sense of how the process ususally unfolds.

  • Dec-Jan: Application Form Submissions and Initial Screening of Applicants
  • First two weeks of February: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and given the opportunity to submit their cover letters
  • Feb-March: Interviews with organizations
  • March-April: Final selections


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

Security Partnerships Intern (Now Accepting Applications)

The CHRHS InterAction Security Partnerships Intern will support a collaborative research effort between the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS), the Humanitarian Response Program at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), and InterAction that aims to better understand U.S. security partnerships around the globe. In this position, the intern will be responsible for working closely with colleagues from NWC and InterAction to create a fact sheet focused on Nigeria. Learn More >

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. While the application window has closed for the 2021-2022 cohort, please reach out to our SCIJ Campus Organizer Natalia Ibarra (natalia_ibarra@brown.edu) to learn about other ways to get involved! 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 >