ISHR Intern

Contact Name: 
Timothy Wyman-McCarthy
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The ISHR Intern will support both research and programmatic activities of ISHR. One of the position's primary responsibilities will be to research the presence of human rights and human rights-related values and standards in the programming of higher education institutions. This data may be used as part of a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) shadow report. Other research projects may focus on the teaching of human rights practice and on professional opportunities in human rights. The position will also provide programmatic support as needed for ISHR’s graduate, undergraduate and summer programs. These responsibilities may include conducting interviews with students and alumni, drafting content for web pages and outreach documents, and providing administrative support. In addition, the position will provide support for ISHR’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (ADHA) program. Working with the director and program coordinator for AHDA, responsibilities may include conducting research for the Mapping Historical Dialogues Project and on genocide prevention, alongside programmatic support for AHDA’s fellowship program. The ISHR intern will also have the opportunity to participate in selected field visits, film screenings, and other events and activities organized by ISHR’s summer program. ISHR may be able to provide a small stipend for Columbia University students.


  • Interest in human rights and knowledge of human rights concepts
  • Research and data management skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work well independently

Time commitment

15/20-35 hours per week depending on interest and availability from mid-May through Mid-August (negotiable). Note that there will be the option to work some hours remotely.

To apply

Please submit a CV along with a cover letter that both addresses relevant experience and interest in the position, as well as key learning and professional development goals you have for this internship. Send materials to with the subject “ISHR Intern.” We will accept applications until the position is filled, but applicants are encouraged to apply by May 14th.