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The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance supports students from 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 summer 2013, in partnership with the School of Public Policy at 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 clinical seminar in Budapest at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, followed by a 8- to 12-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.

For 2017, the program will accept students from the following universities:

  • Boğaziçi University Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • School of Public Policy at Central European University
  • Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs
  • The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
  • The University of Hong Kong, Journalism and Media Studies Centre
  • The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
  • University of the Andes, Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government
  • University of the Andes, Masters in International Law
  • University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government
  • University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights
  • University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs

To apply, see the complete grant guidelines.