Carnegie Mellon University

Human Rights, Law, and Advocacy

Are you passionate about social justice and ensuring basic human rights for all? Considering law school? Thinking about a career as a public defender or private sector attorney? An internship with a human rights, law, or advocacy group might be a great fit.

The organizations below conduct advocacy on a variety of issues. Interns can expect to assist with research and dissemination of publications, communication and advocacy campaigns, social media account management, and event planning. Interns with these organizations also have the chance to attend conferences, briefings, and events on topics of interest. Undergraduate interns at legal organizations can expect to assist with drafting documents and doing background research.

If you’re interested in working on these issues from a research or policy-making lens, you should also consider an internship with a think tank.  If you’re interested in environmental advocacy, you should check out the conservation and climate tab.

American Society of International Law
Amnesty International
The Brennan Center for Justice
Center for International Environmental Law
Center for Law and Social Policy
Children’s Defense Fund
Children's Law Center
DC Hunger Solutions
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
International Rescue Committee
Justice Policy Institute
Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
Legal Aid Society
National Disability Rights Network
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
National Women's Law Center
Office of the Attorney General
Washington Law Foundation