Spring/Summer 2012 Internship

Spring/Summer 2012 Children’s Rights Internship Opportunity: March 19 –May 3, 2012

Loyola’s Center for the Human Rights of Children represents, coordinates, and stimulates efforts to understand, protect and apply the human rights of children in the face of injustice and poverty of body, mind, and spirit. In addition to working on individual projects, interns have a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the Center and various human rights issues impacting children and youth, both locally and globally. Under the supervision of the Center Director, each intern will complete a project or support a core function of the Center. Projects are based on the Center’s current programmatic efforts.

Spring 2012 Internship Description

The Center for the Human Rights of Children is seeking two graduate level interns – one social work and one law - to assist with a new research project, “Conducting a Legal Services Assessment for Child Trafficking Survivors in Cook County.” Duties and responsibilities will include working on various aspects of the project, including conducting foundational research in the legal and social science literature related to legal needs of child trafficking survivors, identifying organizations working in the field working with child trafficking survivors, drafting and developing survey instruments, in person and telephonic interviews with legal and social service providers, analyzing survey results, writing reports, and possibly some event planning/coordination. The intern will directly report to the CHRC Director and consultant working on this project. This internship is an excellent opportunity to work on an issue that has both local and national impact addressing the rights of children.

Qualifications include a demonstrated interest in child rights, strong research skills, strong communication and writing skills, organizational skills; willing to travel locally using own transportation (mileage reimbursed); familiarity with LUC library system, including scholarly and web-based research. Ideal candidates will demonstrate experience or interest in a) interdisciplinary projects engaging public, private, and academic sectors, or b) effective liaison relationships with public and public service providers working with vulnerable children.


The position is non-paid, and will require 8-10 hours a week during the Spring 2012 term, with option to extend to Summer 2012 term. Students are encouraged to identify opportunities to receive credit for their work as part of this project.  Work will be performed at the Water Tower Campus at 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL, and meetings with organizations throughout Cook County.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to agikas@luc.edu  by March 2, 2012. The subject line for the email should be “CHRC Spring 2012 Internship.”