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Human Rights Externships

The summer externship program is a vital component of the Institute’s program. After the first year of law school, Urban Morgan Fellows and other law students interested in international law and human rights are given the opportunity to spend the summer working with human rights organizations, international judges, human rights attorneys, governmental agencies, or UN bodies through a summer externship. The externship program provides invaluable hands-on training for the student and much needed assistance to the host organization.

Subject to funding limitations, the Urban Morgan Institute works to find placements for all interested students, both fellows and HRQ staff members, and provides a stipend to cover airfare and modest living arrangements. In conjunction with the Summer Public Interest Fellowship program, most students have been able to be obtain funding for a summer externship. Placements are based on availability, taking into consideration the student’s interest in particular issues, foreign language abilities, and geographic preferences.

View some sample summer externships 2017

View some sample summer externships 2016

View some sample summer externships 2014


Students have been placed with:

  • AALI Assc. Advocacy of Legal Initiatives, Lucknow India
  • ACLU
  • Africa Watch
  • Amnesty International USA
  • Article 19, London
  • Austrian Institute for Human Rights
  • Business and Human Rights, London
  • Center for Justice and International Law
  • Centro Juana Azurduy, Sucre, Bolivia
  • Childrens Centre Colchester England
  • Chilean Human Rights Commission
  • The China Political Science and Law University at the Centre for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • Egyptian Human Rights Organization
  • European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
  • Global Rights, Washington, D.C.
  • High Court of Botswana
  • Human Rights Centre, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Human Rights Program, Shandong University Law School, China
  • Indian Legal Resource Center
  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington
  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Costa Rica
  • International Center for Transitional Justice
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • International Labour Organization, Geneva
  • Irish Centre for Human Rights
  • Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, New York
  • Legal Momentum, New York
  • Interrights, London
  • Minority Rights Group, London
  • Navajo Supreme Court and Legal Services Organization for the Navajo Nation
  • Netherlands Institute for Human Rights
  • New Zealand Human Rights Commission
  • Philippine Senate Committee on Justice & Human Rights