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Summer Internships and Fellowships

Experience a life-changing internship with the Handa Center

Summer Fellowship Opportunities

The Handa Center is pleased to offer several paid summer fellowship opportunities for students interested in human rights and international justice, in collaboration with campus partners such as the Stanford Global Studies Division and the Haas Center for Public Service. Placements ensure students have meaningful, applied research and work opportunities to inform their studies and future career pathways.

Ibrahim Bharmal runs an activity for refugee youth in a camp in Greece.

Human Rights Summer Fellowships

The most flexible of our summer opportunities, Human Rights Fellowships are awarded to highly motivated students aiming to make a valuable contribution in partnership with a relevant organization in the U.S. or abroad.
Independence Monument lit up at night in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Stanford Global Studies Internship in Cambodia

Interns conduct trial monitoring at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal or work at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, assisting in collecting and arranging the museum’s vast archival collections to raise awareness about the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Handa Center affiliates with Human Rights Watch researchers in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Children's Rights Brazil Summer Fellowships

The Handa Center is pleased to advise and fund students for placements with organizations working on promotion, monitoring, evaluation, or implementation of children’s rights projects anywhere in Brazil.

In Summer 2017, the Handa Center placed 12 Stanford students in eight countries to work on diverse topics within the fields of human rights and international justice, including empowering community mental health workers in India, promoting children's rights in Brazil, and curating exhibits at a genocide museum in Cambodia. 

Meet Human Rights Fellow Ibrahim Bharmal (Class of 2018)

"The Handa Center is hands-down the most influential institution at Stanford. The faculty and students are some of the most kind, supportive, and global individuals I have met. My summer as a Human Rights Fellow single-handedly changed how I view the world and my role in it; I am and will be forever grateful for the opportunities the Handa Center has offered me."

Ibrahim is from Buena Park, California. At Stanford, he is double majoring in Comparative Literature and International Relations and minoring in Human Rights with focuses in Arabic and Middle Eastern History. His studies have taken him all over the world: from volunteering in refugee camps in Greece and Germany to working on protecting civil rights with the Council on American Islamic Relations in New York. Ibrahim's academic interests come together as a member of the 2017-2018 Honors in the Arts Cohort, where he will be writing a memoir on his mother's and father's journeys from Pakistan to the United States. On campus, Ibrahim has served as a Class President for the past four years and serves as the Director of Global Engagement of the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS). In the future, Ibrahim hopes to a pursue a career in international human rights.

Headshot of Ibrahim Bharmal.

Meet SGS Intern Quito Tsui (Class of 2018)

"The Handa Center has been fundamental to my time at Stanford. The expertise of the center and the incredible opportunities they offer have allowed me to work at both the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia and Temple Garden Law Chambers in the Hague. These experiences have been pivotal learning moments, integral to shaping my future career path."

By employing an inter-disciplinary framework, Quito has used a variety of perspectives to pursue a unique understanding of notions of humanity, citizenship, and justice, particularly in post-conflict situations. Her academic work has focused on transitional justice, peace building, and the intersection of the international community with the needs of domestic actors. Her Human Rights Minor capstone project looks at trial monitoring as a practical tool to facilitate the rule of law, whilst her Political Science honors thesis posits a normative theory of assessment for hybrid tribunals. Quito hopes that her work can help bridge the gap between regionalism and globalism in the post-conflict context, and contribute to building a more inclusive international community.


Quito Tsui at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Handa Center fellowships contribute to more than 450 international placements as part of the Cardinal Quarter program, designed by the Haas Center for Public Service to integrate academic learning with field-based public service experiences. 

'Close to Home' Stipends

Supporting Local Human Rights Placements for Students

In addition to summer fellowships, the Handa Center offers small grants to support students undertaking human rights volunteer opportunities around the Bay Area during the academic term.

Learn more and Apply today!

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