Internships and Fellowships

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) is an international non-governmental organization which works to promote social and economic justice through human rights. It carries out research and advocacy on policy trends affecting economic and social deprivation and inequality across the globe, and supports efforts of activists and communities to claim and defend economic and social rights.
1. Graduate Research Internships
General Information
CESR often takes graduate research interns in Spring Semester (January – April); over summer (May – August); and Fall Semester (September – December). Our interns generally work part-time over the Spring and Fall semesters and full-time over the summer. Although we are eager to negotiate a relatively consistent schedule, days and hours of work are flexible. Interns are based at CESR’s New York office. Arrangements for off-site internships may be considered for particularly well-qualified candidates.

When a call is issued, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications to Please indicate "Graduate-Level Internship" in your application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the date specified above (see current openings). Early applications are strongly encouraged! Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.
Intern Responsibilities

Interns contribute substantively to the Center’s work in one or more of program areas. In particular, interns carry out research that analyzes trends in global policy. They also contribute to the Center’s research documenting deprivations of economic and social rights in specific countries contexts; this interdisciplinary research deploys social science and statistical methods alongside traditional techniques of human rights reporting, such as legal analysis and narrative testimony. Interns are also involved in preparing reports and other advocacy materials based on the findings of such research, to present to relevant institutions at the national, regional and United Nations level. As a small NGO, the Center has established robust partnerships with national, regional and international organizations that allow for mutual exchange of expertise. Interns may also interact with our partners, including by attending meetings and workshops, preparing or delivering presentations, authoring blogs posts and opinion pieces, etc.




·       Recently completed, or in pursuit of a law or graduate degree in a related field, especially human rights and/or international development;

·       Consistent attention to detail;

·       Capacity to read, write and communicate in English;

·       Strong writing and communication skills, including an ability to clearly explain complex technical issues in an accessible language and synthesize and evaluate data;

·       Knowledge of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights;

·       Experience in conducting research, both quantitative and qualitative;

·       Capacity to work independently.

Highly desirable

·       Capacity to read, write and communicate in Spanish or Arabic;

·       Background knowledge on human rights monitoring methodologies;

·       Background knowledge of applied macroeconomics and statistics;

·       Experience with communications for social justice;

·       Experience developing online resources and/or familiarity with interactive web-based or other technologies for use in social justice advocacy, such as wikis, video and audio podcasts, social networking sites, etc.

·       Familiarity with resource centers and databases, especially on socio-economic and development data from various international agencies and trusted sources.



2. Post-graduate Fellowships

CESR periodically hosts post-graduate fellows who have been awarded funding from their university. Often, fellows will focus on a specific project, defined in consultation with CESR and their university. We do not have a formal application process for fellows. To inquire about working with us as a post-graduate fellow, please email