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 2016-17 academic year, the Center will offer up to $5,000 in individual stipends to qualified students in the graduating classes of 2017, 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 2017 internships is March 1, 2017. 

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: enelsonw@iwu.edu. Please have letters of support sent directly to the same address. All documentation must be received no later than March 1, 2017.