Human Rights Summer Internships

The Human Rights Program is dedicated to enabling students to explore human rights issues and learn more about human rights organizations in Hartford, their hometowns, and metropolitan areas in the United States and abroad.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for human rights majors and minors in pursuit of their own individual interests with financial assistance from the Human Rights Program.  In order to achieve this vision, we are partnered with the Career Development Center to offer students a variety of options for internships as well as an application and oversight process that would provide financial assistance to those students who desire to create their own human rights projects.  Each year, the Human Rights Program selects several Trinity students who have obtained a human rights internship to be awarded stipends as they work at the organization of their choice.  The internships, which offer students the opportunity to translate what they have learned in their Trinity courses to hands-on professional experiences, prove to be transformative.  Students return to campus with a more sophisticated understanding of human rights issues and the world of advocacy.

There is information about human rights internships (unpaid) in the “In This Section” drop down menu. Students should also feel free to contact the Career Development Center to see what possibilities exist.

If you are interested in applying for the Human Rights Summer Internship grant, please download the application by clicking Summer 2024 ApplicationPlease come back for the Summer 2024 deadline.

Local Internships

Human Rights students are strongly encouraged to undertake an academic internship during their time at Trinity. Students can choose from dozens of local organizations in the Hartford area. Internships are unpaid, but students earn academic credit. During the course of a semester, students work part-time at the internship site, complementing this with an academic project that they complete under the direction of a Trinity professor.

Visit Trinity’s Career Development’s Jobs and Internships site for more information.

Students wishing to volunteer for human rights-related projects should also visit Trinity’s Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement.

Funding for Student Research

Andrew J. Gold and Dori Katz Fund for Human Rights

Funding will cover pertinent research projects, travel, purchase of material, and internships. Application may be made at any time prior to the third week of the spring semester. A committee of faculty members and administrators reviews applications and awards grants.  Students interested in seeking a grant should contact Professor Benjamin Carbonetti, Director of the Human Rights Program.

Other Funding

Trinity students undertaking urban/global projects can also apply for several grants. See other grant sources.