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

Student Summer Internships 2024


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. 

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. However, certain organizations require a cover letter, resume and writing sample for all candidates applying, so please read each description carefully. 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, unless you have already submitted one. The organizations then take over the process and will contact the students that they wish to interview. 

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

Application process timeline

* This is a rough timeline to give you a sense of how the process usually 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
  • March: Interviews with organizations
  • March-April: Final selections


Please contact Maggie Murphy, CHRHS Program Manager with any questions.