Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Social Justice

Fall 2019

Position: Undergraduate Intern
Student: IRG & Government Senior

Over this past semester, I was granted the opportunity to work at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Texas at Austin Law School. As an undergraduate intern for the Center, I took a more hands-on approach to human rights and social justice at the intersection of academia and advocacy.

            Through the Center, I was able to learn more about the behind-the-scenes work when it comes to human rights. I was able to write articles for and design its Annual Review publication as well as coordinate the logistics behind its annual conference. This way, I could engage with like-minded students and renown scholars from across the world, with all of us working towards fulfilling a shared passion towards human rights.

We also have weekly meetings with the entire Rapoport Center team. This is a wonderful opportunity for interns to engage with the Center’s staff, professors/faculty, other interns, graduate students and law students or “human rights scholars”. Beyond planning and setting the agenda for the next week, the team meetings provide a safe space to discuss a variety of important, and often sensitive, topics regarding human rights. This leads to vibrant discussions that are vital prerequisites for anyone interested in pursuing a career in advocacy, especially those pertaining to social justice. These discussions coupled with the Center’s colloquium speakers’ series and annual conference really helped broaden my horizons and acquire more information on a variety of human rights topics that I was not as informed about previously. This education was further supplemented with research interns conducted on human rights and social justice issues within Texas and across the world for article set to be publishes in the Rapoport Center’s Annual Review and publications elsewhere.

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