Current Internship Opportunities

Oslo Scholars Program 2021

[ Speakers & Internships ]

All those interested are required to apply by March 12th, 2021 11:59pm with the following materials submitted to in one folder/zip file labeled [LASTNAME][INTERNSHIP]. e.g. SMITHSRDJAPOPOVIC

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Current CV/Resume
  3. 2-3 pages specifying your demonstrated interest in human rights, the internship you are applying for, why you are interested in that particular internship, and why you would be a good candidate for the internship
  4. Writing Sample

Application materials will be forwarded to the human rights activist(s) to whom you applied, who will then make final selections.

You can find the program in PDF form here.

If you have any questions, please call 617.627.3314 or email

*Please note that in order to apply you must be in good academic standing with the University.



Srdja Popovic (Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies)

Srdja Popovic is a founding member of Otpor! the Serbian civic youth movement that played a pivotal role in the ousting of Slobodan Milosevic. He is a prominent nonviolent expert and the leader of CANVAS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with nonviolent democratic movements around the world. CANVAS works with citizens from more than 30 countries, sharing nonviolent strategies and tactics that were used by Otpor!.

A native of Belgrade, Popovic has promoted the principles and strategies of nonviolence as tools for building democracy since helping to found the Otpor! movement. Otpor! began in 1998 as a university-based organization; after only two years, it quickly grew into a national movement, attracting more than 70,000 supporters. A student of nonviolent strategy, Popovic translated several works on the subject, such as the books of American scholar Gene Sharp, for distribution. He also authored “Blueprint for Revolution”, a handbook for peaceful protesters, activists, and community organizers.

After the overthrow of Milosevic, Popovic served in the Serbian National Assembly from 2000 to 2003. He served as an environmental affairs advisor to the prime minister. He left the parliament in 2003 to start CANVAS. The organization has worked with people in 46 countries to transfer knowledge of effective nonviolent tactics and strategies. It has aided numerous movements around the world, such as the Georgian “Rose Revolution" in 2003, and the April 6th movement in Egypt. CANVAS also produced a handbook for activists, “Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points,” which is available in six languages, including Arabic and Farsi, and has been downloaded more than 20,000 times.

Popovic appears in two award-winning documentaries, “Bringing Down a Dictator” and “How to Start a Revolution.” In 2011, Foreign Policy named Popovic one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2012, Wired included him on its Smart List of “50 people who will change the world." You can see Popovic’s Oslo Freedom Forum talk here.

The Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies is a non-profit, non-governmental, international network, oriented to educational work related to strategic nonviolent conflict. CANVAS is committed to spreading knowledge on how to build and run nonviolent movements. CANVAS founders were part of the team that organized a successful nonviolent movement, which led to the overthrow of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Our mission now is to reach THE widest possible international audience, in order to share experiences and learn more on strategic nonviolent conflict spreading this knowledge to future generations. For further information about CANVAS’ work, please visit our website

Internship Information:

Responsibilities: The CANVAS Analytical Research intern will primarily conduct case study and situation analyses, and assist ongoing academic research projects with our University partners. The internship can be completed online/remote or on-the-ground (if health guidelines permit on-site option), and the duties are dependent on the current needs and projects. Intern duties include: region-specific analyses and research, case study research, tracking current events, drafting and proofreading English language publications, social media management, research and publication of our weekly reports.

Timeframe: Mid-June to late August (approximately 10 weeks). Interns are required to work a minimum of 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, but may work up to 40 hours per week.

Qualifications: Analytical thinking, good writing skills, good research and organizational skills, written communication (e-mail, reports, correspondence), verbal communication, team work, problem solving. Serbian is not a prerequisite.

Location & Capacity: Remote.

Number of Internships Open: 3

The CANVAS internship is unpaid.


Jamila Raqib (Albert Einstein Institution)

Jamila Raqib is the executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution, an organization focused on advancing freedom and democracy through nonviolent action around the world. At the age of five, Raqib and her family fled Soviet oppression in Afghanistan. She joined the Albert Einstein Institution in 2002, and worked closely with its founder, Gene Sharp, the world’s leading scholar on strategic nonviolent struggle. Together, they published “Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression,” which has been used throughout the world as a practical guide for nonviolent resistance. You can see her Oslo Freedom Forum talk here.

Albert Einstein Institution:
The Albert Einstein Institution is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the worldwide study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflict. To learn more about the institution, please visit our website at

Responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to:


  • Following world news events related to nonviolent action and reporting to staff through written or oral briefings
  • Assisting in the regular upkeep of the Institution’s social media accounts
  • Assisting staff with a variety of research projects about nonviolent action
  • Attending and taking notes on meetings with activists and other visitors


  • Assisting in the copy-editing, production, and promotion of new publications, including indexing new editions and formatting publications for ebook readers (training provided).
  • Assisting in the fulfillment of publication orders and requests


  • Providing assistance to institution staff on general administrative tasks, including helping to organize events as needed.

Other duties

  • Helping to maintain records of existing and in-progress translations


  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing and editing skills.
  • We are a small office with significant reach so we ask that interns be flexible in responding to the changing needs of the organization. Additionally, we are committed to supporting our interns’ strengths and learning goals during their time with us.


  • June - August (approximately 10 weeks).
  • The intern will be required to work at least 20 hours a week but may be asked to work up to 40 hours.

Location & Capacity: Remote.


Vanessa Berhe (One Day Seyoum)

Vanessa Berhe is a free speech activist who began protesting Eritrea’s human rights abuses when she was only 16 years old. After her uncle, photojournalist Seyoum Tsehaye, was imprisoned in September 2001, Berhe began campaigning for his release at her high school and later expanded the campaign to secondary schools and universities around the world. In 2013, she founded One Day Seyoum, a human rights organization that campaigns for Seyoum Tsehaye's release and raises awareness about the crackdown on democratic ideals in Eritrea. One Day Seyoum also runs "Free Eritrea," a campaign to raise awareness about human rights violations in Eritrea. For her efforts, Berhe received the Dawik Isaak Prize in 2013 and was nominated for Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression award in 2016. She is currently a law student at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and serves as a One Young World Ambassador while continuing to advocate for her uncle’s release. You can watch her Oslo Freedom Forum talk here.

One Day Seyoum:
One Day Seyoum is a youth-led organization that is fundamentally committed to addressing human rights abuses suffered by Eritreans. Through advocacy, campaigning, education and practical assistance, we have made it our mission to support the Eritrean people. We are currently in the process of instituting exciting new programs and scaling up our operations and are looking for interns to help us make that transition.


  • Passion for human rights
  • Research experience
  • Writing skills
  • Innovative thinking
  • University student or recent graduate


Please indicate which of the following teams you would prefer to work with and why:

  • Campaigns: Planning our campaigns and overall group strategy and delegating work to interested members and appropriate teams. Current campaigns include #EvacuateRefugeesFromLibya, Ciham and child prisoners in Eritrea.
  • Education: Developing skills and expanding knowledge in our communities through educational resources, training sessions and our book club.
  • Refugee Centre: Providing assistance to Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers in vulnerable situations anywhere in the world. Our methods include producing critical information guides, videos, connecting them to the right resources, conducting advocacy campaigns on their behalf, and running a study and career support programme helping Eritrean refugees apply for higher education, scholarships and internships.
  • Communications: Responsible for managing the organisation’s social media schedule, newsletter, press releases and all other external communication.
  • Creative: Graphic design, video editing, photography/videography, website design.
  • Fundraising: Grant applications and other fundraising initiatives.

Number of Internships Open: 3

Internship Location: Remote



Citizen Power Initiatives for China is seeking Program Development/Outreach Interns for 2021. CPIFC has a relaxed work environment and we seek talented interns who are self-motivated, reliable, organized, dedicated to human rights cause, and aren't afraid to tackle big projects. As an intern you will work under our senior staff on critical human rights related projects.

Internships are unpaid. Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as CPIFC internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by CPIFC staff, interaction with other US organizations, and government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to document, collect, preserve, disseminate human rights information and records.
  • Create compelling content that will be shared by influencers including Congressional offices, the Administration and international organizations.
  • Relationship building with our human rights community and the U.S. government.
  • How to track human rights legislation and its enforcement.

What You Will Do Specifically:

  • Assist our project manager in working on the Tiananmen Archive Project concerning the records of the June 4th Massacre.
  • Monitor and lobby for our Tank Man Project, which has been nominated to the UNESCO’s Memory of the World.
  • Help to collect the worst human rights abusers in China and prepare the info to add into the sanction list under the Magnitsky Act.
  • Draft op-ed pieces regarding the human rights developments on the ground.
  • Work on our Human Rights Funding Project, which focuses on an innovative approach by using frozen, seized or forfeited foreign assets under the Global Magnitsky Act or under any other laws of anti-corruption to fund human rights projects, and prohibit assets repatriation to non-democratic countries.
  • Help to lobby for an earmark fund to create a China contingency plan to deal with the potential sudden collapse of the Chinese regime to ensure peaceful democratic transition.
  • Work on China trade legislation, including withdrawal of China's permanent trade status until one-way-free trade is addressed, international labor standards are met and real economic liberalization in place; and legislation to deny foreign tax credit to American companies that invest in the designated human rights abusing districts, cities and counties.
  • Design your own projects that you care about.

What We Require:

  • (Desired but not required) Background in US government, legislative process, US China policy, Chinese politics and non-profit management.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office.
  • Proficient in Mandarin is ideal but not required
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Creative and Flexible.
  • Familiarity with US and international human rights legal framework, but we will also train.
  • Commitment to complete assigned work.

Number of Internships Open: 2

Location & Capacity: Remote.



The Ufolo Studies Center for Good Governance is a civil society organization that promotes projects and activities in the areas of human rights, justice, youth and culture, with the aim of monitoring and contributing to good governance in Angola.

The Ufolo Center has a protocol with the Angolan National Penitentiary Service to train staff on human rights, set up reading rooms in jails and set up a counseling office. The Ufolo Center seeks one or two interns who will:

  • Research good practices in jails, in poor countries or with a prison system lacking resources, that effectively help with the social reintegration of incarcerated individuals;
  • Help set up standards of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Assist the trainer.

For decades, the Angolan government has been awarding diamond concessions to companies, which include entire communities whose ancestries are deeply rooted in such territories. As such, many have suffered evictions, had their farms and livelihood destroyed, and human rights abuses and killings in such communities were rife. On the environmental side, the intensive mining has left many of the affected areas as Swiss cheeses, with a myriad of hollowed out areas, and ravines. A new political dispensation wants to change the situation, and the Ufolo Center has been tasked to spearhead civil society efforts. We have an agreement with the National Diamond Company, Endiama, to address human and environmental rights in the diamond extractive provinces of Angola (Lunda Norte, Lunda-Sul, Malanje). The Ufolo Center seeks an intern for the human rights side, and an intern for the environmental side of this project. Both interns shall:

  • Assist the project by researching extractive industries’ best practices, particularly with regard to corporate social responsibility;
  • Help local teams brainstorm the best course of action for companies to be more respectful and responsive to local communities and their rights and needs;
  • The project also includes training in community leadership, basic public health, subsistence farming, and entrepreneurship.

Number of Internships Open: 3-4

Location & Capacity: Remote.


IRANWIRE (Maziar Bahari)

IranWire is a joint venture of a group of Iranian journalists in the Diaspora. IranWire seeks to empower Iranian citizen journalists by creating a forum in which young Iranians can discuss national and local news, providing training modules and putting Iranian citizen journalists inside the country in touch with professional Iranian journalists.

Responsibilities and duties of interns may include, but are not limited to:

  • drafting articles about disinformation and public health;
  • video editing short videos;
  • conducting interviews with human rights activists and politicians.

We work in English, Spanish and Persian.

Number of Internships Open: 5

Location & Capacity: Remote.


KAWAAKIBI FOUNDATION (Ahmed Gatnash & Iyad El-Baghdadi)

We're looking for an intern to assist across multiple projects relating to activism and human rights across the MENA region.

Job responsibilities:

  • Researching or writing and editing reports
  • Scriptwriting or media editing for podcasts and videos
  • Social media promotion
  • Helping to coordinate volunteers on our projects
  • Assisting with disinformation-monitoring


  • Initiative and desire to learn are the lifeblood of our team
  • Strong communication skills
  • Arabic language is a plus, but not essential
  • Any other media or technical skills are also a plus

Number of Internships Open: 1-2

Internship Location: Remote, European time (flexible)