Internship FAQs

What are the deadlines for internship applications?

We review intern applications on a rolling basis during certain time periods.

For Fall applications, we start reviewing applications on August 1st and continue until we fill our internship positions or September 15th.

For Spring applications, the period is December 1 – February 1st.

We receive the highest volume of applications for Summer internships. We review fellowship applications on a rolling basis, and request they are submitted 4 weeks prior to the fellowship deadline. All other summer internship applications are reviewed starting March 1st until the positions are filled.

Will The Advocates’ sponsor my fellowship application?

The Advocates welcomes interns through fellowship programs. We do require that you submit your request for placement to us at least 4 weeks prior to your fellowship deadline. Please use the internship application and note at the top that you are applying for a fellowship.

Are The Advocates internships paid?

While all internships are unpaid, interns are encouraged to work with outside funding sources, fellowships, work study programs, or arrange for academic credit. Part-time internships allow interns to balance paid jobs with internships.

I’m from outside the U.S., can you help me get a visa to come & intern?

The Advocates is not able to sponsor interns for visa purposes. If you are able to secure a visa on your own, or will be in the U.S. as a foreign student or in another capacity, you are certainly welcome to apply for an internship.

What is the usual work schedule for an intern?

During the school year, we ask that interns commit to at least 8 hours per week, and up to 12 or more depending on the intern’s own schedule, fellowship and availability. We additionally ask that interns be available for a 4 hour block of time – either morning or afternoon (9-1 or 1-5) with certain exceptions. We have limited computer and office space for onsite interns, and need to schedule accordingly, therefore the request for AM or PM blocks of time.

During the summer, the majority of our interns are full time, working M-F from 9-5.

Can I intern for The Advocates if I’m not located in Minnesota?

Generally, no. While we do have limited volunteer opportunities for people outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, our interns are all onsite. If you are applying for an internship, you will be expected to be work in our office in Minneapolis.

I’m interested in an area of human rights that isn’t listed in your internships section – can I bring my own project in?

We only accept interns to work in our established and existing program areas or on current projects.

Can I get credit through my school for my internship?

The Advocates regularly works with students who are interning for credit. Please note on your internship application that you will be seeking credit through your school, and any special requirements of your program (for example, if you require supervision by a particular professional like an attorney). Like the fellowship application, if there is a deadline for your internship class, please make sure The Advocates has your application at least 4 weeks in advance of that deadline. 

I’m a social work student, can I intern with The Advocates?

The Advocates does have the capacity to supervise social work interns. Please follow the internship/fellowship application guidelines and make sure to note any special requirements for your program.

What are the minimum requirements for interns?

Research and writing skills, interest in human rights, a nice person.

What skills or majors are especially helpful or interesting to The Advocates?

Foreign language fluency, Excel/Access proficiency, Policy analysis (particularly education-related), Graphic design, Law students, SEO experience, familiarity with CMS platforms. This can change between semesters, depending on program needs. If you have a skill that you think would be useful, please note it on your application.

I’m not a student; can I still be an intern?

Yes, we have hosted interns who are recent graduates. Often, non-students work with The Advocates as volunteers, either long-term or short-term, on a variety of projects. To learn more about volunteering with The Advocates, please attend one of our volunteer orientations.

I’m interested in interning with more than one project/program at The Advocates, can I do that?

We have hosted interns who work across programs. When you submit your application, please make sure you indicate your interest in both programs equally. We cannot guarantee placement with multiple programs, as this depends on the needs and schedule of both programs. Most of our interns work with one program only.

Do you host J-term interns?

Yes. January is a time of year when we have a great need for interns, but usually fewer interns available. We welcome J-term interns.

How do I know if there are still intern spots available?

We review applications on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early if you are really interested in interning with a particular program. However, we only review applications for the current or upcoming term; so if it is winter and you submit an application for summer we will not review it unless you have a fellowship deadline. If it is past the deadline listed on the website, you may contact us to inquire if any programs still have openings.