Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance
The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance is a project of the Open Society Foundations that launched in the summer of 2013 in partnership with the School of Public Policy at Central European University. It is designed to inspire a new cohort of practitioners committed to working both in the public interest and at the forefront of global policy.
The highly competitive program allows a limited number of students from top public policy schools to immerse themselves in the ideas and practice of open society through a clinical seminar in Budapest at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University, followed by an eight- or twelve-week intensive internship at a policy- and rights-oriented nongovernmental organization selected for its outstanding work.
Applications will only be accepted from the following universities:
- American University of Beirut, Faculty of Arts & Sciences (Beirut, Lebanon)
- Birzeit University Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (West Bank, Palestine)
- Boğaziçi University Department of Political Science and International Relations (Istanbul, Turkey)
- Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Massachusetts, United States of America)
- The International University of Rabat, School of Political Science (Rabat, Morocco)
- School of Public Policy at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
- Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (Paris, France)
- The University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy (Illinois, United States of America)
- University of the Andes Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government (Bogota, Colombia)
- University of the Andes Masters in International Law (Bogota, Colombia)
- The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law (Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong)
- The University of Hong Kong Journalism and Media Studies Centre (Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong)
- University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford, United Kingdom)
- University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights (Pretoria, South Africa)
- University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs (Toronto, Canada)
If you are a candidate for a master’s degree at one of these universities and you would like to apply to the Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance, please contact your university directly for the 2017 application guidelines and form. At the School of Public Policy at Central European University, students enrolled in the MPA program are eligible.
Purpose and Priorities
Individuals committed to advancing local and global forms of human rights and justice are constantly confronting new and unforeseen challenges. This changing landscape coupled with the dynamic role of civil society actors complicates our understanding of human rights promotion. Simultaneously, information and communication technologies, freedom of movement, and democratic accountability afford policy practitioners new channels through which they can increase human welfare and dignity. These conditions require innovative policy ideas that effectively integrate theory and practice to foster and sustain open societies.
The Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance is specifically tailored to invest in the next generation of leaders poised to pursue these ideas. The program takes a broad definition of human rights and governance that is inclusive of promoting fundamental freedoms, expanding public access to information, challenging inequalities through development and rights, and advancing approaches to ensuring transparency and accountability in a global context.