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The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance supports students from selected top graduate-level programs to work at the intersection of public policy, advocacy, and human rights.

Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance

The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance is a project of the Open Society Foundations, launched in the summer of 2013, in partnership with the School of Public Policy of the Central European University. It is designed to inspire a new cohort of practitioners committed to working both in the public interest and at the forefront of global policy.

The highly competitive program allows a limited number of students from top public policy schools to immerse themselves in the ideas and practice of open society through a 10-day clinical seminar in Budapest at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, followed by a six- to eight-week intensive internship at a policy- and rights-oriented nongovernmental organization selected for its outstanding work. Together the distinctive seminar and internship will prepare participants to act confidently in complex situations where policy, advocacy and human rights intersect.

The program will accept students from the following universities:

  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  • Tsinghua School of Public Policy and Management
  • Oxford Blavatnik School of Government
  • University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights
  • Los Andes Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government
  • Boğaziçi University Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Policy at Central European University

For a list of participating host institutions, see the complete grant guidelines.