Human Rights Summer Internship Fund

*Applications Open March 2023*

The Carr Center's Human Rights Summer Internship Fund supports Harvard Kennedy School students seeking to further their interest in human rights through research and first-hand experiences with our summer internship grant program.


The Carr Center will provide financial support to selected first-year HKS graduate students who have secured a summer internship position working on human rights and justice issues in the public, nonprofit or private sector.

Carr Center Human Rights Summer Interns are responsible for securing their own human rights summer internship position, which must be a minimum of eight weeks in duration. Both U.S. based and international opportunities are eligible for funding.

Selected students will be required to submit a series of blog posts, videos and audio interviews on the impact of their summer work, sharing human rights policy insights.

Apply now via The OCA Portal

Please reach out to the Carr Center with any questions regarding summer internship funding.

Who is eligible:

Any first-year Kennedy School MPP, MPA-ID or MPA (two year) student is welcome to apply.


How to Apply:

All HKS students should submit their application via the OCA common application portal before March 2021. (Specific Date TBD)

Applicants for Carr Center Human Rights Summer Internship Fund should provide the following materials:

  • A one-page proposal: A one-page proposal should include a description of the organization, the project, and its relevance to human rights.
  • Your resume
  • A writing sample: Please provide a sample of your written work of no more than 3 pages. The topic of this writing sample need not be related to this application, but should demonstrate your ability to organize and communicate ideas in a thoughtful and persuasive manner. Relevance to a topic related to human rights would be a plus.
  • Budget – within Common Application