Internships & Fellowships

If you are interested in becoming involved with The Advocates for Human Rights and can commit 8-12 hours per week (September to May) or 20-40 hours per week (June-August), consider becoming an intern.

Interns play an integral role assisting with research, writing, client service, media development, translation, or event planning, as well as administrative tasks.

All volunteer positions are filled on an as-need basis. The Advocates internships do not offer financial compensation nor assistance with housing or transportation.

If you are applying for an outside fellowship (i.e. you will have a source of outside funding while you intern at The Advocates) through your school or a fellowship program, such as Equal Justice Works, you must submit your application materials to The Advocates at least 8 weeks in advance of the deadline for your fellowship application. For example, if your fellowship application deadline is February 15, then you must have your application submitted to The Advocates by December 15.

If you are applying for a fellowship, please use the application form and note that you applying for a fellowship, both on the application and in the subject line of the email you send when submitting your application. Proposed fellowships must be directly related to The Advocates' program areas.

We have fall, spring, and summer internships which roughly follow school calendars. In addition, we seek interns for the month of mid-December to mid-January, and for the month of August. You can apply for these internships specifically or extend them onto a fall, spring, or summer internship. If you are able to extend your internship, please note this on the application form.

Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis up until the deadline. Some internships, such as those with the Refugee & Immigrant Program and International Justice, tend to fill early.

Internship Periods & Deadlines

  • Fall - September to December. Applications reviewed August 1 - September 15th or until filled.
  • Winter/J-term - mid-December to January.  Applications reviewed November 1 - December 15th or until filled.
  • Spring - January to May. Applications reviewed December 1 - January 15th or until filled. 
  • Summer - late May/early June to August. Applications reviewed March 1 - April 15th or until filled. 
  • August: August - early September.  Applications are reviewed May 1 - June 30 or until filled.

To see internship descriptions for different programs, please click on the links below:

To apply for an internship, download and complete the intern application form. Along with your application, include a cover letter, resume, and a brief (3-5 pages) writing sample with your application. Please email your application, fax your application to 612-341-2971, or mail the application to:

Intern Coordinator
The Advocates for Human Rights
330 Second Avenue South, #800
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2447

Please note: Not all programs will need interns every term. You may email us if you are interested in interning with a specific program to confirm if that program is seeking volunteers for the particular time period.

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