Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance

Open Society Internship for
Rights and Governance


  • 10-day clinical seminar in Budapest
  • Six-week intensive internship at a policy/rights-oriented NGO


Applications are no longer being accepted
for the summer 2014 internship.


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 of the 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 10-day clinical seminar in Budapest at the School of Public Policy of the Central European University, followed by a six-week intensive internship at a policy- and rights-oriented nongovernmental organization selected for its outstanding work. Together the distinctive seminar and internship will prepare participants to act confidently in complex situations where policy, advocacy, international actors, and human rights intersect.

In its first year the program accepted students from Oxford University in England, Harvard University in the United States, Sciences Po in France, Di Tella University in Argentina, O.P. Jindal University in India, and Tsinghua University in China.

Applicant Pool:

Because of the internship's goal of increasing the ranks of practitioners committed to working in the public interest at the forefront of global policy, applicants are primarily limited to Harvard Kennedy School students. However, Harvard graduate students studying in affiliated fields such as law, education and public health, may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Charlie Clements, the Carr Center's executive director  prior to applying, if you are not a Kennedy School student. (


All applications must be submitted electronically to the email address below:

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Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Application Timeline:

November 18, 2013 Application submission deadline
January 2014 awards announcement

More Information:

  • List of confirmed host institutions
  • Go to OSF internship web page 
  • OSF's 2014 Internship Student Guide: Please come by the Carr Center to pick up a printed copy of this 12-page overview of the Internship for Rights and Governance, produced by the Open Society Foundations. We're located on the second floor of the Rubenstein Building. 
  • Video recording of the Carr Center's November 1 information session, in which two past internship recipients, Kavitha Sivadasan and Divya Varma, discuss their experiences; and Douglas A. Johnson, the internship's co-director and faculty director at the Carr Center, provides a brief overview of the program.

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