The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice is now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 Barbara Harlow Internship in Human Rights and Social Justice. This internship, which offers a modest stipend, is only open to BDP students. Our spring 2021 internships will be remote. Please help us circulate this announcement to qualified, interested candidates. Applications will be due by midnight on Sunday, November 15, 2020.
The Barbara Harlow Internship honors the life and work of Barbara Harlow (1948-2017), who was the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature at the University of Texas. She was a committed colleague, friend, and mentor to countless students, activists, and intellectuals. As a collaboration between the Rapoport Center and the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP), the internship aims to introduce BDP students to Harlow’s scholarship and activism, and to encourage them to imagine future trajectories for her work.
This internship is chosen to honor Barbara Harlow because it was largely through her efforts that the Rapoport Center and the BDP partnered to create the Human Rights & Social Justice BDP certificate in 2009. Harlow chaired the faculty panel for the certificate from its inception until 2017. While the internship is open to all BDP students, regardless of which certificate they are pursuing, it is meant for students who are working on issues of social justice. Read more about Harlow and about the internship here.
Harlow interns bring excitement and expanded capabilities to the Rapoport Center and play an important role, supporting various initiatives depending on their background, interest, and the needs of the Center. Primary duties include:
- Assisting with research and advocacy projects
- Supporting the coordination and publicity of events and programs
- Writing and editing articles, designing layout, and working extensively with the software program InDesign for the Center’s Annual Review publication
- Expanding the Center’s social media outreach
- Providing administrative support for Center programs
- Contributing written work for press releases, website, and Annual Review publications
- Serving as liaison to UT undergraduate community (through the Human Rights Student Advisory Council) and helping develop Center’s undergraduate outreach
- Assisting Co-Directors, Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Rights Scholars, graduate students, and affiliated faculty with other projects and tasks as assigned
- Commitment to working on issues of human rights and justice
- Excellent writing and editing ability
- Individual initiative and flexibility
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Professional demeanor
The following qualifications may be preferred in some candidates:
- Proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese
- Demonstrated experience/expertise with videography, video-editing, podcast production, and/or webisode production
Additional Information & Expectations
Our spring 2021 internships will be remote. Selected interns should be available at least 10 hours per week during the semester, and 20 hours per week during the summer. Though the internship is similar to the Rapoport Center’s standard undergraduate internship, the Harlow internship offers a higher stipend and requires three additional components:
- In the cover letter, students should reflect (in one paragraph) on how Harlow’s scholarship and activism might influence their work with the Rapoport Center and their pursuit of human rights and social justice more broadly (see below).
- During the internship, each recipient will write a piece for our Human Rights Commentary page, which either engages directly with Harlow’s work or uses her work as a lens through which to engage critically with a topic.
- After the internship, each recipient will create a poster to reflect on the internship, taking into account Harlow’s impact on their experience, and present it at the Annual BDP poster session in April. (Fall and Summer interns will submit at the end of their respective term, and then present in April.)
How to Apply
Qualified students should submit the following items through our online application system.
- Cover letter
State why you are interested in the position; demonstrate basic knowledge of our programs and activities. Reflect (in one paragraph) on how Barbara Harlow’s scholarship and activism might influence your work with the Rapoport Center and your pursuit of human rights and social justice more broadly.
Indicate any relevant skills and foreign language proficiency
Unofficial is acceptable; an official copy can be mailed or emailed if needed, to arrive by the application due date
- List of three references
At least two must be UT faculty; include name, title, and contact information; full letters not required
- Writing sample
3-5 pages; does not need to relate directly to human rights, although that is preferable
Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2020
Contact: Rapoport Center Assistant Director Sarah Eliason at firstname.lastname@example.org.