Human Rights Internship Program (HRIP)
“Experiencing firsthand the difficulties of the poor and marginalized only reinforced my commitment to public service.”— CLS Human Rights Intern
Unique to Columbia, the Human Rights Internship Program (HRIP), founded in 1984 by Professor Jack Greenberg, has a long tradition of providing Columbia students with the opportunity to do human rights law-related work throughout the world. The program’s more than 1,700 “graduates” are leading human rights lawyers throughout the world who, among other things, have been instrumental in drafting the South African Constitution; documenting human rights abuses of gay and lesbian youth in America’s prisons; establishing International Criminal Tribunals; helping to write a Freedom of Information Act for Guatemala; and working to improve environmental law in Hungary. Interns from years past also work on the domestic front, now lead community economic-development efforts, head legal services offices, fight against employment discrimination, and defend death row inmates.
Introduction to HRIP (Video Tutorial)
How to Register
HRIP is open to first- and second-year J.D. candidates. All students who wish to participate in HRIP must:
1. Register for Guaranteed Summer Funding. Registration opens October 8 and closes November 30, 2019.
2. Submit a Statement of Interest by November 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. to the Human Rights Internship Program job post via Symplicity.
Please read the 2020 Human Rights Internship Program Guide (you can also find this guide on our Job Search Tools page; you will be prompted for your Lawnet login and password.) For additional important information about the application process there is a required 20-hour training and orientation program.