International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP)

The International Human Rights Internship Program (IHRIP)'s mission and work are based on the belief that human rights activists have knowledge and skills as a result of their day-to-day work which are important to the success not only of their own work, but to the work of other activists and organizations, whether in their own or in other countries and regions. The human rights movement—in specific countries and regions as well as internationally—is strengthened through the exchange of this knowledge, experience and expertise.

IHRIP seeks to facilitate this exchange through sponsoring professional development and exchange projects for staff of human rights organizations; and the development, in collaboration with other organizations, of a variety of resources designed to help strengthen human rights work.


IHRIP began in 1976 as the International Human Rights Internship Program. Based first at the University of Minnesota, in 1983 the Program moved to the Washington, DC office of the Institute of International Education (IIE), where it has been housed ever since.

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