New Tactics in Human Rights Internship Program
The New Tactics in Human Rights project is a vital component of the Center for Victims of Torture. CVT’s mission is to heal the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and their communities and to stop torture worldwide. New Tactics plays a key role in the movement to end torture by strengthening human rights efforts around the world.
Torture is an issue that is connected to many human rights – the right to free speech and association, the right to a lawyer, the right to be free of cruel and inhumane treatment – and preventing torture requires effective human rights advocacy. In its relationships with activists from more than 120 countries, New Tactics strengthens their work by sharing with them new ideas and resources, training them on strategic thinking, and connecting them with other activists for advice and support. By helping activists evaluate possible outcomes and plan for any reprisals, strategic thinking is the first step to carrying out more effective and safer campaigns
Many of CVT’s clients are human rights activists, and for some, the healing process includes finding safe and meaningful ways of participating in the human rights movement again. New Tactics provides hundreds of examples of ways that activists have implemented successful human rights activities. Our project opens the door to activism by providing ideas for anyone interested in defending human rights – on any level.
Those who support CVT are also human rights activists; we want to stop torture. New Tactics provides a network of allies and new ideas for action.
New Tactics in Human Rights is honored to receive many internship requests from outstanding students every year. We have created the following guidelines to make the selection process as objective and fair as possible.
The New Tactics staff recognizes the responsibility to make an internship a meaningful learning experience for the student. At the same time, there are general administrative and clerical functions to be performed that keep the organization functioning. Our goal is to provide a mix of projects the meets both goals. Typical projects may include internet research, writing, summarizing online dialogues, creating PowerPoint presentations, attending meetings and typing up notes, creating excel spreadsheets, mailing handbooks, and editing written materials. Specific projects will vary according to current priorities and the skill and experience set of the individual intern.
Materials to Submit
•Cover Letter – include the following:
•Current resume - include the following:
Send an email with the materials listed above to email@example.com.
After the application deadline, all applications will be reviewed and finalist candidates will be contacted for in-person interviews (or phone interviews for long-distance candidates).
The number of finalist candidates will depend on the number of internships available for a given semester according to current New Tactics projects and priorities. After the interviews, candidates will be notified according to the schedule below regarding their acceptance status for the upcoming semester.
Applications will be considered according to the following criteria:
In-person interviewees will additionally be evaluated on the following criteria:
Timeline for the application process
Fall Semester Internship
Application Deadline - July 1
Interviews - July 1-15
Notification - July 15
January Mid-Term Internship
Application Deadline - November 1
Interviews - Nov 1-15
Notification - November 15
Spring Semester Internship
Application Deadline - December 1
Interviews - Dec 1-15
Notification - December 15
Application Deadline - March 1
Interviews - March 1-15
Notification - March