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 Due Nov 14th

The seminar will take place from 13 June to 25 June 2015

All Applications via:



OSIRG allows students to immerse themselves in the ideas and practice of open society by participating in a clinical seminar held at SPP at CEU in Budapest, Hungary. The seminar is followed by an 8- or 12-week intensive internship at an OSF-selected non-governmental organization, where students will complete a project developed by one of OSIRG’s partner host institutions.

Students and hosts will have the opportunity to collaborate on project development. Clinical seminar in Budapest Taught by leading lecturers and social scientists from universities around the world, students will examine both the applied and conceptual practice of public policy in a rigorous course on human rights and governance. The clinical seminar will utilize tailored curricula, informal discussion, and group work to explore themes ranging from civil society and public policy to implementation of international law.

More Information:

Please contact Charlie Clements, the Carr Center's executive director  prior to applying, if you are not a Kennedy School student. (

OSIRG uses Submittable, an online application system that streamlines the application process for students, university reviewers, and OSIRG staff.Students who have limited access to the Internet are encouraged to contact OSIRG staff ( to make alternate arrangements, as the system requires Internet access. Students may access OSIRG’s application by using the following link: A link to the application can also be found on OSIRG’s OSF and School of Public Policy at Central European University’s web pages.

The OSIRG application is separated into eight sections. Students do not have to complete their application in one sitting. Submittable allows an applicant to save a draft and return to the application up to 21 days later. Please be advised that an application cannot be submitted unless all fields marked with a red asterisk are completed. The following includes further information on each part of the application: 

I. Personal information: All contact information should be current. 

II. Emergency contact information
All emergency contact information should be current

III. Academic history:
Students are required to provide information about their bachelor’s degree and the master’s program in which they are currently enrolled. There is also space to provide information about one additional degree or certification. 

IV. Professional history: Only information that is relevant for the internship should be listed in this section. Previous positions, volunteer work, or activities that are unrelated to the project should not be included. Students will need to provide a comprehensive curriculum vitae or professional résumé in addition to this abbreviated listing. 

V. Language skills and additional information: Students should only list those languages in which they are fluent. 

VI. Essays Students are asked to answer both essay questions. Please remember that the response to Essay B will assist OSIRG staff in matching accepted candidates and host institutions. Also note that applications with essays that are longer than the maximum length will not be accepted for consideration. 

A. Personal statement: In 500 words maximum, students should write a personal statement discussing their interests, life experiences, goals, and commitment to human rights and governance.
B. Demonstrated interest in human rights and governance: In 1,000 words maximum, students should describe a policy area, related to the field of human rights and/or governance, where they believe some reform can be made to improve the lives of relevant populations. The essay should include a specific illustration of 8 the issue, describe potential solutions, and present what actions might be taken to reach the proposed resolutions. 

VII. Required attachments: Students are required to attach a print-quality (300 dpi or higher) passport-sized photo or headshot of themselves, as well as a copy of their passport identification pages. VIII. Signature In order to complete the application, students must certify that all information provided is true to the best of their knowledge.

    November 14, 2013

    Application submission deadline

    January 2014

    awards announcement

More Information:

    • List of confirmed host institutions
    • Go to OSF internship web page 
    • OSF's 2015 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.

More information

November 14th: Application Deadline

January 2015: Awards Announcement