Summer Fellowships


The Human Rights Program Summer Fellowship application is closed.

About Summer Fellowships

Summer fellowships for human rights internships are a central part of the Harvard Law School human rights experience and provide rich professional, personal, and intellectual opportunities. Many students and alumni/ae who are committed to human rights were introduced to the field through an internship. Interns work for at least eight weeks with nongovernmental or intergovernmental organizations concerned with human rights, exclusively outside the United States. Due to the novel coronavirus, summer fellows will be working remotely for organizations this year.

Summer Fellow D Dangaran speaks at a symposium on gender-based violence.
2018 Summer Fellow D Dangaran, JD’20, speaking at a symposium on gender-based violence in South Africa.

The Program encourages interns to work in organizations that are actively involved in monitoring and responding to human rights violations, grass roots mobilization, or similar activities. Students are free to seek out organizations and design new internships. Years of experience have left HRP with a rich source of information on NGOs and the experiences of past interns.


Before applying, prospective applicants must meet with a member of HRP for advising. Upon the conclusion of their summer placement, HRP helps students to build on their fellowship experience through the law school curriculum, clinical work, and third year writing. Many students have drawn on their experience to write articles published in the Harvard Human Rights Journal and reflections published on the HRP blog.


The fellowships are open to returning JD students and SJD students exclusively studying at Harvard Law School.

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