HRAP Internship

Contact Name: 
Stephanie Grepo
Contact Email:
Human Rights Advocates Program


Since 1989, the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University has been building the skills, knowledge and networks of grassroots human rights advocates through an intensive, four-month capacity-building program. 308 advocates from 88 countries have graduated from HRAP. HRAP alumni have been recognized with the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders and the Waislitz Global Citizen Award as well as RFK Laureates and CNN Heroes. They include the founder of the first shelter in Kabul for victims of domestic violence, the founder of an organization in Uganda that has educated more than 8,000 orphans of the HIV/AIDS crisis, a board member of the Trust Fund for Victims/International Criminal Court, and a member of The Elders, whose founder was Nelson Mandela.

Please note that this internship is for the summer of 2017 with the possibility for extension into the fall.


Summer 2017

Assist with preparations for the 2017 Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP). Communicate via email with the participants in the 2017 HRAP. Prepare biographical sketches, compile lists of networking opportunities for participants, and identify appropriate courses at Columbia for participants. Communicate with Columbia University faculty about mentoring opportunities as well as obtain their approval to have HRAP participants audit their courses.

Assist Director of Capacity Building with reviewing and editing submissions for best practices guide.

Maintain HRAP-specific social media including YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Fall 2017

  • Arrange individual and group networking opportunities in NYC and DC for participants in the 2017 HRAP.
  • Identify and arrange speaking engagements on campus. Publicize events and manage catering orders.
  • Troubleshoot HRAP participants’ technical issues such as use of shared Google calendar. 
  • Continue to assist Director of Capacity Building with reviewing and editing submissions for best practices guide. 
  • Assist with preparation of events and other publications to mark the 30th class of HRAP.

During the fall you will have the opportunity to attend (on your own time) workshops at Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and WITNESS. You may also join us for the networking trip to DC.


Master’s student preferred. Interest in human rights required. Strong organizational, research, writing and interviewing skills as well as diplomacy, tact, patience and a sense of humor needed.

Preferred Start Date

Mid-June 2017.

Preferred End Date

Mid-to-late August 2017. If you and the Director of Capacity Building mutually wish to extend the internship, the end date will be December 2017.

Preferred Hours Per Week



Send CV, resume, and writing sample to Stephanie V. Grepo, Director, Capacity Building at by May 12th for consideration. Interviews conducted on a rolling basis.