Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance

The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance is a global initiative designed to identify, cultivate, and support the next generation of human rights practitioners. Participants are chosen from among the ranks of graduate programs in public policy and related subjects at a consortium of universities around the world. Through their participation in a two-week intensive Clinical Seminar and a 8- or 12-week internship, grantees and alumni form a network of dedicated  practitioners united by common values across a broad range of fields.

Download the Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance Application Guide in the Download Files section for further details.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications will only be accepted from the following universities:

  • American University of Beirut, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  • Birzeit University Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights  
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Makerere University, Master of Arts in Human Rights
  • Makerere University School of Law
  • School of Public Policy at Central European University
  • Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs
  • The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
  • University of the Andes Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government
  • University of the Andes Masters in International Law
  • The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
  • The University of Hong Kong Journalism and Media Studies Centre
  • University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs
Ineligibility Criteria

If you are not a master’s candidate in one of the programs listed above, we cannot accept your application at this time.

Purpose and Priorities

Individuals committed to advancing human rights, democratic governance and justice constantly confront new and unforeseen challenges. Today, authoritarian and illiberal push-backs, entrenched inequality, the accumulation of power by transnational corporations beyond the reach of national legislation, technological innovations, as well as other developments, require us to not only question common assumptions, but also to identify new opportunities. To protect and advance human rights, democracy, as well as justice, we need fresh ideas for civil society actors and creative policy proposals for governments.

The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance is specifically tailored to invest in promising individuals who are poised to foster and sustain open societies. We train them to contribute to a more strategic, impactful human rights practice.

The initiative combines practice, in the form of an internship, with a skills-oriented two-week seminar, to help prepare grantees for their future work. The program takes a broad definition of human rights and governance inclusive of promoting fundamental freedoms, expanding public access to information, challenging inequalities through development and rights, and advancing approaches that ensure transparency and accountability of state institutions.

Guidelines

Download the Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance Application Guide in the Download Files section for further details. Please consult your university’s Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance point of contact for the selection timeline. 

For further inquiries, please contact [email protected].