Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice Internships

Thanks to the generous support of IWU alumni from the class of 1970, the Fund for Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice, to be administered by the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, has been established for the purpose of supporting relevant student internships and campus programming in these thematic areas.

Beginning this summer and continuing through the 2019-2020 academic year, the Center will offer up to $5,000 in individual stipends to qualified students in the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 who complete human rights, environmental sustainability, and social justice internships.

Assistance will be offered both to students who have already secured an internship placement but are in need of additional financial assistance and students who are pursuing new internship opportunities that have not been previously established on a formal basis. Preference will be given to those students with first, second, and third year standing. Students awarded internship support commit to sharing the results of the internship experience by participating in a public forum on campus after its completion.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by the IWU Fund for Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice Steering Committee and recipients will be selected on the basis of their expressed commitment to human rights, environmental sustainability, and social justice, the relevance of their proposed internship experience to these themes, the quality of their previous academic and experiential preparation, and the demonstrated value of the internship to the students' current and future courses of study or their post-graduate plans. The deadline for receipt of applications for Summer 2018 internships is March 1, 2018. 

Application Materials

A complete Fund for Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Justice Internship Program application must include the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Resumé
  • Narrative Statement Addressing Designated Questions
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must speak to the candidate’s academic competencies.

Please e-mail the completed application form, a current resumé, and a narrative, 750 word statement addressing specific questions noted below to: Professor William Munro ( Please have letters of support sent directly to the same address. All documentation must be received no later than March 1, 2018.


Read below about Lucy Bullock's '17 Human Rights Summer Internship experience!


"During the summer of 2017, I worked as a mission Impact Intern under the Mission Impact Director, Jennifer Carrillo at the YWCA McLean County. This was an extremely memorable experience which focused on organizing events, drafting policies, and facilitating trainings that supported their mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. My main role was to design an event that fought against the over-criminilization of African Americans. To do this, I organized an expungement workshop to help community members seal or clear their criminal records. I reached out to local law services, non-profits, and city officials to help promote and co-sponsor the event. We provided the necessary information, forms, and support for people who wanted a fresh start. After weeks of planning and organizing, the YWCA Mission Impact Department was able to help 65 people start the process in clearing or sealing their criminal record. 4

This internship taught me two main things: the significance of direct communication with the community and how to build partnerships with other local organizations. My role provided me with the opportunity to make powerful connections with community members, organizers, and leaders. Not only did I develop a strong relationship with the director herself and other community agencies in town, but also with McLean County State's Attorney, Jason Chambers, who is an alum of IWU. Jason was in fact the one who connected me to the Children's Advocacy Center, where I currently work as a Child & Family Advocate. 

As the internship position was unpaid, the funds were used as a personal stipend. Along with the stipend, I was also given free on-campus housing. The internship served as a perfect transition from life as a student into the beginning of my career in social work. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with so many inspirational people such as Jennifer Carrillo and the other community leaders that collaborated on the projects."