Human Security

Most students choose to pursue summer internships in their fields of interest. Select student internships include:

International Rescue Committee
Monrovia, Liberia

"Working with an organization that does cutting-edge work on gender-based violence in a post-conflict situation was an extremely important component of my Fletcher education. I worked with national training staff to develop skills-based, participatory workshops not based on literacy for communities that are preventing and responding to gender-based violence."

Save the Children in Uganda
Lira, Northern Uganda

"This was my first exposure to the challenges of protecting civilians, especially children, displaced by protracted conflict. It also gave me insights into the difficulties of coordinating a humanitarian response in a context of internal displacement. My responsibilities included field visits to assess child protection issues, participation in inter-agency initiatives and independent field research in internally-displaced persons camps."

Winrock International
Kathmandu, Nepal

"Nepal is beautiful and fascinating. I was treated like a professional rather than a student. I was given a great deal of responsibility and any and all available resources to help me accomplish my tasks. My time was divided between the field (25 percent) and city (75 percent), which included a number of conferences and meetings with other NGOs. I did extensive field research, some data analysis, trained local staff and drew on material from each of my first year's classes in order to accomplish all this. It was intense, challenging and rewarding."

The Asia Foundation
Colombo, Sri Lanka

"I enjoyed interacting with survivors of the tsunami and monitoring programs that helped their mental health. It was also very educational to observe an efficient NGO in the field. My internship allowed me to document human rights violations, monitor psychospiritual healing programs for tsunami survivors and find theater groups to develop programs to enlighten the public on the prevention of torture."

Sanlaap
Calcutta, India

"Sanlaap is a local NGO fighting human trafficking. Working in the field and working directly with the people affected by trafficking issues was intense. I conducted a research project evaluating the organization's youth advocacy program. The program teaches survivors of trafficking and youth from the red light districts to organize and advocate for themselves on issues relating to commercial sexual exploitation of children."