Professional Development

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Columbia University Center for Career Education

The Center for Career Education offers extensive internship and job search resources online, in addition to professional skills workshops and individual advising sessions. Students also have access to LionShare and external career resources. Graduate students are encouraged to regularly review the CEE events calendar for information about upcoming networking events, skills workshops, career panels, and other opportunities.

Human Rights Events

ISHR and its students organize regular events that allow students to deepen their understanding of human rights issues, learn about human rights careers, and expand their professional networks. These include:

  • Lectures and brownbags with human rights practitioners and academics
  • Alumni Speaker Series
  • Human Rights Students Networking Series
  • Career and internship panels and discussions
  • "Pizza with Your Prof" Series
  • Graduate Student  Research Series
  • Film screenings

For additional information, please visit the Education Events page. For all ISHR events, please see the ISHR calendar. To receive email announcements about upcoming events and opportunities, students can sign up for our listserves.

Essay Contest

The Human Rights Essay Contest and Colloquium contest and colloquium acknowledges students who have written exceptional academic papers that address issues related to human rights.

Cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to two graduate students currently enrolled at Columbia University. Contest winners, along with other selected participants, are invited to present their papers during the human rights student colloquium. Click here to read more about the Essay Contest.

Listserve Announcements

ISHR sends out a weekly newsletter informing students of upcoming professional development opportunities, including job and internship postings, calls for papers, upcoming conferences, and funding opportunities. To receive the newsletter, students can sign up for our listserves.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences also sends out a weekly announcements and opportunities email to all current students.

Human Rights Organizations

While not required, many students elect to undertake an internship while in the program. Click here for a selection of human rights focused organizations that maintain active mailing lists. This is just a starting point for your search, and is not exhaustive. Please click here for an additional list of organizations (coming soon) that HRSMA alums have worked for.