Fellowships, Events, and Other Opportunities

The success of World Without Genocide depends on our employees, interns, and volunteers. It is through the volunteer efforts of ordinary people that we are able to make a difference on so many issues affecting human rights on a local and a global scale.

We welcome your involvement as a volunteer. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to provide support for ongoing events, advocacy, and for the Tents of Witness exhibit. The exhibit is composed of ten tents; each one tells the story of a different group targeted for genocide. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact admin@worldwithoutgenocide.org.

Truth, Trials, and Memory:
An Accounting of Transitional Justice
in El Salvador and Guatemala

Revisiting two ground-breaking cases as an occasion to consider the role of truth, memory, and justice in today’s complex human rights terrain
November 1 – 3, 2017
University of Minnesota
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

  • November 1 – Evening Reception and Keynote featuring
    Pablo de Greiff
    , United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
  • November 2 – 3 – Two full days of panelists and presentations from many key actors including Commissioners Belisario Betancur (*invited), Thomas Buergenthal, and Reinaldo Figueredo (El Salvador) and Commissioners Christian Tomuschat and Otilia Lux de Coti (Guatemala)
  • November 2 (evening) – Screening of 500 Years, the sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population (at St. Anthony Main Theatre)
Upon the 25th and 20th anniversaries of the truth commissions established in El Salvador and Guatemala, respectively, the University of Minnesota will convene a set of dialogues, presentations, and film screenings to explore domestic and international accountability processes.

Joined by an array of central actors, including the truth commissioners, judges and prosecutors in charge of human rights trials, as well as family members, expert witnesses, government officials and human rights defenders, we will explore the lessons learned from the transitional justice processes that both countries have experienced. Themes include the:

  • history of the truth commissions
  • effects of amnesty laws and prosecutions
  • gender implications of the work of the commissions
  • contested truths and conflicting memories
The keynote and two-day conference is free and open to the public.
Note: Attendees of the Thursday evening film at St. Anthony Main Theatre will be asked to purchase a ticket for the screening

Associate Director, JFCS Holocaust Center

San Francisco, CA

The Associate Director with the JFCS Holocaust Center is a creative, innovative and self-driven individual who acts entrepreneurially to successfully fulfill their responsibilities. She/he thrives in a team-oriented environment, and has a sophisticated understanding of education, project management and Holocaust history.  This position is a good fit for a highly experienced, passionate and organized individual who has demonstrated success in running education and community programs. To view the job description please visit the JFCS Holocaust Center website.

Working at Jewish Family and Children’s Services is an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families we serve each year — people who come to us during great changes, challenges, and crises. Our professionals, who come from a broad range of backgrounds and represent many faiths, bring energy, imagination, caring, and experience to a dynamic work environment.


The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) 
is offering a limited number of fellowships forPh.D. and Post Doctoral Candidates
Conducting Research on the Holocaust. The application deadline is January 3, 2018 for the Fall 2018 – Summer 2019 Funding Year.
Maximum Award Amount: $20,000 Per Year

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the fate of Jews who were systematically targeted for destruction or persecution by the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945, as well as immediate post-war events.
Studies covered by the Fellowships can include the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place and encompass political, economic, legal, religious and socio-cultural aspects, as well as ethical and moral implications. The Fellowship also supports awardees in learning languages necessary to studying original Holocaust- related documents, such as languages of the former Soviet Union and certain European countries.  Candidates can be pursuing a degree in a variety of fields, including History, Sociology, Philosophy, Judaic Studies, Political Science, Government, Women’s Studies and other fields.  Candidates focusing on the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust will also be considered.
Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates around the world who have a strong personal commitment to Shoah memory, who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, and who possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Holocaust awareness and scholarship.
As part of the program, Kagan Fellows are invited to attend an all-expenses-paid, annual 5-day summer workshop alternately hosted at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem where they present their research to and network with leading scholars and peers in Holocaust related fields.
For application information, please visit fellowships.claimscon.org or email Chavie.brumer@claimscon.org


Litigation Fellow

The Open Society Justice Initiative is pleased to invite applications for a two-year Litigation Fellowship in the New York office of the Open Society Foundations. The fellowship is designed for lawyers early in their careers who are interested in working with a global public interest litigating organization. Applicants for this Fellowship position must already have leave to work in the United States, as the Open Society Foundations will not be able to procure work authorization for the selected fellow.

The Justice Initiative, an operational program of Open Society, uses litigation and other forms of legal advocacy to empower people, defend the rule of law, and advance human rights. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, we promote and defend accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, challenge abuses related to national security and counterterrorism initiatives, expand access to and exercise of freedom of information and expression, and confront corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources.

To our activities we bring deep and varied practice of litigation and other forms of legal advocacy, familiarity with legal and related political fora, substantive knowledge of human rights issues, and issue- and place-specific expertise and experience. We collaborate with a community of dedicated and skillful human rights advocates across the globe, and form part of a dynamic and progressive justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world it inhabits. More information on the Justice Initiative and its activities can be found at www.justiceinitiative.org.

The Justice Initiative Litigation Fellowship program is designed to give lawyers who are interested in international human rights a realistic experience of work as a human rights lawyer through casework, training on human rights litigation, and other core activities.

The primary function of the Litigation Fellow is to support the Justice Initiative’s litigation across the breadth of its thematic and geographic areas of function. Rather than work on one project, they will work on multiple cases at the same time, giving them a broad experience. The tasks they will work on reflect the varied roles that a human rights lawyer plays. The Litigation Fellows’ support to the Justice Initiative’s litigation efforts will involve a range of long-term and short-term cases, on various different themes, and across all of the regional human rights systems.
Fellows will undertake research on legal issues, respond to procedural questions, prepare draft pleadings, attend case conference and other meetings, and, where possible, engage with clients and witnesses and attend court hearings. Litigation Fellows will also gain experience in the other tools that are often essential to successful strategic litigation, including research, national and international advocacy, media work, and community engagement. Fellows will work on some cases over a long period of time, whereas for others the fellow may have to engage on a discrete issue at short notice. Support to the Justice Initiative’s casework may also include updating the website, filing reviews, evaluating our litigation and legal advice, and preparing legal research and analysis for litigation.
Litigation Fellows will also benefit from the Justice Initiative’s intensive training on the concept and practice of human rights litigation. Litigation fellows will be involved in preparing and delivering litigation workshops on specific themes, regional human rights meetings that focus on practice before specific tribunals, and the CEU Summer School on Human Rights Litigation. This will involve travel in order to attend these events. Fellows will also be involved in international discussions and seminars on various aspects of strategic litigation. This will give them a much deeper understanding of strategic litigation, and build contacts with lawyers around the world. Litigation Fellows are also expected to write occasional blogs for the Open Society Foundations’ Voices or Case Watch pages, with additional public writing encouraged as opportunity permits.

The selected Litigation Fellow will meet the following requirements:
• Law Degree, and a maximum of five years practical experience in the human rights field;

• Exceptional legal analysis, research and writing skills;

• A high degree of English proficiency (speaking, writing, and reading) is required. Ability to work in a second language (including French, Spanish, German, Russian, or Arabic) is also required;

• Proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment; to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, consistently on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget;

• Good written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;

• Strong listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;

• Ability to show discretion and to handle confidential issues; • High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary;

• Poised, work well under pressure and attentive to detail;

• Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks;

• Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers, and the general public.

The Justice Initiative provides a competitive salary and benefits package for the duration of the fellowship.

Application Instructions
Please apply through our website: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/jobs/jr-0000711/litigation-fellow

Applicants should submit:
A statement of purpose of no more than two pages detailing the applicant’s interest and experience in human rights, generally, and the Litigation Fellowship, specifically. Curriculum Vitae. A legal writing sample that has not been (or has been only minimally) edited by someone else. Names and current contact details of two references.

Applications must be received by 5PM Eastern Standard Time on September 22, 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews and writing exercises. The final selection decisions will be announced as soon as interviews have been contacted with the successful applicant beginning the fellowship in January 2018.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

Please apply through our website: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/jobs/jr-0000711/litigation-fellow


Spring Intern, UN Policy + Advocacy
Center for Civilians in Conflict 

Location: USA – New York, NY

Description –

The goal of CIVIC’s UN program, led by the UN Advisor, is to elevate organizational impact and influence through consistent and coordinated advocacy and policy support on core issues and programs. CIVIC engages primarily with Permanent Missions to the UN, the UN Secretariat, and the New York-based NGO community.

Internship responsibilities can include, but are not limited to:


  • Assisting in planning and executing advocacy and policy strategies, including supporting the rollout of CIVIC products for key stakeholders in the New York market, as well as in the Geneva market;
  • Attending and extensively covering and reporting on events, meetings and other activities, including at UNHQ, and monitoring developments on CIVIC’s core issues and programs in Geneva;
  • Monitoring and reporting on conflicts, countries of interest and thematic issues, including developments at the UN, particularly the Security Council, General Assembly, Human Rights Council and Peacebuilding Commission, as well as other organs and bodies;
  • Conducting in-depth research for the purpose of preparing briefing papers, background documents, speeches and other organizational advocacy and policy material;
  • Maintaining and expanding CIVIC’s contact network with key stakeholders in the New York and Geneva market;
  • Copy-editing and reviewing organizational documents including supporter communications, press releases, blog posts, op-eds, letters of inquiry,
  • Functioning as a self-sustaining member of our team.


This is a unique opportunity to help build CIVIC’s advocacy and policy engagement with the UN. Applicants should be flexible and have confidence in handling multiple tasks, as well as the ability to work independently. Applicants are expected to have excellent writing and research skills and should anticipate using these skills frequently. Interns will be expected to maintain a level of confidentiality and discretion when working with sensitive information.



This internship is open to current graduate level students, those who have recently completed graduate studies, or those with an undergraduate degree and relevant work experience.

Minimum Time Requirement: This is a full-time internship (35-40 hours per week) and interns should be available for a period of at least four months, beginning in January 2018.

This is an unpaid internship; interns working in the Washington DC or New York office qualify for a small daily stipend for food and travel.

Please apply on this website.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply early. Deadline is October 15, 2017.

To Apply

Apply online here


U.S. Policy & Advocacy, Human Rights Fall 2017 Law Student Internship 
Center for Reproductive Rights 

Location: USA – New York, NY

Description –

Department: U.S. Policy & Advocacy

Center Background:

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

Internship Summary:

The Center for Reproductive Rights is at the forefront of enaging international human rights norms and strategies to advance and promote reproductive health and rights within the United States. The Center’s Policy & Advocacy team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized intern with a commitment to reproductive rights and reproductive justice issues to engage in a variety of projects related to our U.S. human rights work. The internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in researching, analyzing and developing human rights strategies to advance the full spectrum of reproductive rights in the United States, and will include work focused on maternal  health and assisted reproductive technologies.

The internship is part-time during the Fall 2017 semester, with an expected commitment of 10-15 hours/week. The internship will be based in the Center’s New York office and will require periodic in-person meetings, although the successful candidate is eligible to work primarily off-site. Candidates are encouraged to seek outside funding or academic credit for the internship. The Center is not able to offer funding for this internship.


  • Conducting legal, factual, and other research and analysis in connection with active and potential U.S. human rights advocacy initiatives;
  • Working with members of our Human Rights team to develop human rights advocacy materials.


  • Completed at least one year of law school by September 2017;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest, human rights, gender justice, reproductive rights, and/or reproductive justice.

How to Apply:

Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information of three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Pleaseinclude these application materials as attachments.


Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

To Apply

Apply online here


Clark University

The Strassler Center will host the Fourth International Graduate Student Conference on Holocaust and Genocide Studies (April 12 to 15, 2018), in cooperation with the Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The conference will provide a forum for advanced doctoral students and early post-docs to present their research projects to peers and established scholars.

Professor of Anthropology Victoria Sanford (Lehman College, and Director, Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York) will deliver the keynote address.

Professors Daniel Blatman and Amos Goldberg (Hebrew University), Dagmar Herzog (Graduate Center, CUNY), and Elisa von Joeden-Forgey and Raz Segal (Stockton University) will serve as discussants.

This interdisciplinary conference will reflect the full range of issues, concepts, and methods in current Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Accordingly, we invite pertinent applications from all fields and disciplines and from countries around the world. Students working on genocides and other forms of mass violence in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and America as well as on the aftermath and collective memorialization of genocides are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should submit for consideration 1) a short curriculum vitae (one page max.) including name, address, email, and telephone number; 2) the title and an abstract of your paper (approx. 300 words, one page max. in English), addressing your basic arguments and sources, and how they relate to your dissertation project (for instance: summary, proposal, or chapter of the dissertation); and 3) a brief letter from your advisor indicating your enrollment in a doctoral program or the status of your dissertation work.

The costs of accommodation, registration, and meals will be covered for applicants whose papers are accepted. We also anticipate offering stipends to defray travel expenses for participants.

The application deadline is August 31, 2017. Please email materials to StrasslerGradConference@clarku.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Kühne, Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History, Clark University, under the same email address.

Post-Graduate Fellowship Opportunity for 2018 Law Graduates Washington, D.C. And California (Los Angeles and Oakland) Offices
Justice in Aging

Location: USA – Washington, DC

Description –

Justice in Aging is a 45-year-old non-profit organization with staff and offices in Oakland and Los Angeles, CA, as well as in Washington, D.C. We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 6 million seniors living in poverty in America. As the safety net upon which seniors rely comes increasingly under attack, Justice in Aging’s fight for the rights of low-income older adults is more important than ever. We seek to sponsor an outstanding legal fellow to help us in that cause. More information is available at www.justiceinaging.org.

The Position:  Justice in Aging seeks to sponsor law student applicants for 2018 Fellowships, including school-based fellowships, the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging Fellowship, the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, the Skadden Fellowship, and others. Work could commence in summer or fall 2018. The location for the Fellow is Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, or Oakland, depending on the fellow’s preference, the subject matter, and Justice in Aging’s needs.

The Project:  Justice in Aging staff will work with the applicant to prepare a fellowship application for a project of the applicant’s choosing, in any area of Justice in Aging’s expertise, including income security advocacy (Social Security and Supplemental Security Income), issues affecting dual eligibles (those on both Medicare and Medicaid), and Medicaid issues around community-based options for long-term care, including assisted living. Justice in Aging attorneys will work very closely with prospective fellowship applicants to develop a fellowship project that meshes Justice in Aging’s priorities with the applicant’s interests and talents. We have hosted Borchard and Skadden fellows in the past, and hope to continue and expand our fellowship program.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate has a genuine and documented commitment to working for poor and underserved populations, high-caliber legal research and writing skills, and the ability to take initiative and work independently.  A commitment to a public interest career is extremely desirable.

Applications:  Please send a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and list of three references to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org . In your cover letter, please address the following question:

Justice in Aging advocates for older adults, particularly those in populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.  How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to social justice and diversity amongst our staff.

To Apply

Apply online here


The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates provides human rights education, training, advocacy, and materials to help people learn about and apply international human rights standards in their daily lives and communities. To learn more about educational programming at The Advocates, please click here.

The Advocates welcomes undergraduate/graduate students to assist with research, analysis, writing, workshop and training development, and program administration.

Possible intern duties:

  • Research and write materials such as fact sheets, training activities, or fact-finding reports on human rights issues in the United States.
  • Compile and  analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Conduct background research and compile resource lists for use in human rights trainings and materials.
  • Provide support for The Advocates’ legislative advocacy around immigration, primarily at the state level, by researching bills, creating campaign materials, and attending campaign events.
  • Assist with planning trainings, workshops, and speaking engagements, including community forums, teacher trainings, student workshops, etc.
  • Assist with communications such as newsletters, blog posts, and project web pages.
  • Assist with identifying and developing new community partnerships.
  • Assist with all aspects of work at a small non-profit, including administrative tasks, event planning, outreach, etc.

Required qualifications/experience/interests:

  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Research experience and the ability to analyze data
  • Basic knowledge of human rights
  • Interest in human rights issues in the United States such as economic, social, and cultural rights; immigrant rights; women’s rights; and human rights education.
  • Sensitivity to diverse cultures
  • Fluency in English

Application Deadlines

Internships roughly correspond to the academic calendar. Interns and supervisors will arrange exact start/end dates.

Fall – September to December. Applications reviewed August 1-September 15 or until filled.

Winter/J-Term – mid-December to January. Applications reviewed November 1-December 15 or until filled.

Spring – January to May. Applications reviewed December 1-January 15 or until filled.

Summer – May to September. Applications reviewed March 1-April 15 or until filled.

August – Applications reviewed May 1-June 30 or until filled.


To Applyclick here


Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Legal Internships 
Muslim Advocates (MA)

USA – Washington, DC

Description – Overview

Muslim Advocates (MA), a national legal advocacy and educational organization, is seeking applications from law students for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 internships in our Washington, DC office. MA interns will participate in a wide range of activities and will join an organization working on the frontlines of some of the nation’s most pressing civil rights issues. Interns will be expected to work at least ten hours per week for a period of ten weeks.

Muslim Advocates has been fighting to promote freedom, justice, and equality for Americans of all faiths since 2005. In addition to conducting legal advocacy, policy engagement, and civic education, MA utilizes targeted litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of American Muslims. Our work includes projects aimed at addressing discriminatory surveillance programs, hate crimes, and border search issues; we are also directly engaged in challenging the unconstitutional Muslim travel ban. In addition, MA continues to serve as a legal resource educating American Muslims about the law and their rights and promoting their full and meaningful participation in American public life.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research and analysis.
  • Draft and prepare legal memoranda and other legal documents.
  • Participate in factual investigation and discovery review.
  • Create non-legal advocacy materials in support of education and outreach efforts.
  • Other projects related to MA’s legal, policy, and civic education work as they arise.


  • Current first, second, or third-year law student.
  • Strong research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask.
  • Desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people in a collaborative work environment.
  • Commitment to MA’s mission.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, references, and brief writing sample (no longer than 5 pages) by email to phil@muslimadvocates.org . Please include “Legal Internship” in the subject line. Applicants should also specify which term (Fall 2017 / Spring 2018) they wish to apply for. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information about Muslim Advocates, visit: www.muslimadvocates.org. Internships are unpaid and are limited in number.

Apply online here