The following opportunities are available to all Yale undergraduates, not only those interested in or eligible for the Multidisciplinary Academic Program.

Join the Human Rights EliList:

To receive information about human rights at Yale, go to groups.bulldogs.yale.edu and join the EliList humanrightsatyale. To publicize an event related to human rights, send an email directly to humanrightsatyale[at]elilists.yale.edu.

Attend Events at the Schell Center:

The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School organizes open events on a wide range of human rights issues throughout the year. Undergraduates are welcome to attend the biweekly Human Rights Workshop as well as other events. Email [email protected] if you would like to be added to the email list for announcements about upcoming events.

Collaborate with the Schell Center:

The Schell Center offers support to undergraduate groups for events and activities related to human rights. Support can take the form of providing limited funding, suggesting and connecting groups to relevant speakers, and publicizing events. If you are the head of an undergraduate group interested in collaborating with the Schell Center, email Schell Center Undergraduate Assistants Charlotte Finegold (charlotte.finegold[at]yale.edu) and Shyamala Ramakrishna (shyamala.ramakrishna[at]yale.edu).

Obtain Summer Funding for Human Rights Work:

See here for a list of Yale fellowships that may be applicable to research, projects, or internships related to human rights.

Schell Center Human Rights Mentorship Program:

The Human Rights Mentorship Program pairs students from Yale Law School and other graduate school programs with Yale undergraduates passionate about human rights issues. In the past, we have placed an emphasis on connecting undergraduates interested in studying law and gaining exposure to human rights law, and the Mentorship Program is a way for undergraduates to clarify their interests and get information and advice about the kinds of opportunities that are available. This year, we are also interested in getting graduate students interested in or working on human rights issues in a variety of fields, so as to bring a greater diversity of undergraduate and graduate students together.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in human rights, and considering pursuing that interest through law, policy, international relations, or another field, the Human Rights Mentorship Program offers an opportunity for you to get to know a Yale graduate student involved in human rights work. 

Note: Check back soon for updated information on our Mentorship Program.

“Law and Human Rights” is an annual event held at the Law School for undergraduates interested in human rights. Moderated by Jim Silk, Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights, the event features a panel of current YLS students who have had a diverse array of experiences with human rights. They speak about their interests in human rights, human rights-related work undertaken during college and law school, and summer internship and work experiences, as well as presenting their views on the value of law as a tool by which to advance human rights. See more information about the event this past year here.

Note: Check back for updated information on this year’s event.