The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance is a project of the Open Society Foundations that launched in the summer of 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 held in Budapest at the School of Public Policy at Central European University, followed by an 8- to 12-week intensive internship at a policy- and rights-oriented nongovernmental organization selected for its outstanding work.
Download the Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance Application Guide in the Download Files section for further details.
Applications will only be accepted from the following universities:
- An-Najah National University, Faculty of Economics & Social Sciences
- An-Najah National University, Faculty of Law
- American University of Beirut, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
- Birzeit University Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights
- Harvard Kennedy School of Government
- Makerere University School of Law
- School of Public Policy at Central European University
- Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs
- The International University of Rabat, School of Political Science (Science Po Rabat)
- 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 Pretoria Centre for Human Rights
- University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs
If you are not a master’s candidate in one of the programs listed above, we cannot accept your application at this time.
Individuals committed to advancing local and global forms of human rights and justice are constantly confronting new and unforeseen challenges. This changing landscape, coupled with the dynamic role of civil society actors, complicates our understanding of human rights promotion. Simultaneously, information and communication technologies, freedom of movement, and democratic accountability afford policy practitioners new channels through which they can increase human welfare and dignity. These conditions require innovative policy ideas that effectively integrate theory and practice to foster and sustain open societies.
The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance, a joint program of the Open Society Foundations and the School of Public Policy at Central European University, is specifically tailored to invest in the next generation of leaders poised to pursue these ideas. The program takes a broad definition of human rights and governance that is inclusive of promoting fundamental freedoms, expanding public access to information, challenging inequalities through development and rights, and advancing approaches to ensuring transparency and accountability in a global context.
Applications for 2018 participation will be released to eligible universities in fall 2017.
Please consult your university for the specific timeline. For further inquiries, please contact [email protected].