Opportunities for Students

Children’s Rights Spring Legal Research Assistant: 2019 

The Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC), a Loyola University of Chicago Center of Excellence, promotes its mission to advance and protect the rights of children through an agenda of interdisciplinary research, education, and service that addresses critical and complex issues affecting children and youth, both locally and globally.   The CHRC applies a human rights approach to the problems affecting children, reaffirming the principle of the indivisibility of human rights and the importance of promoting the economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights of children. 

Project Description: One of the CHRC’s current projects addresses the trafficking of Native youth in urban settings for sex and labor.  In collaboration with the American Indian Center, the Center conducts training and outreach throughout the Chicago-land area to bring awareness to this issue.  The Center also provides legal representation to Native youth who have been trafficked. 

Position Description: 

The CHRC is seeking one law student to assist with research and information gathering at the state and federal levels, addressing questions around identification and representation of Native youth who have been trafficked.  Duties and responsibilities will include working with the CHRC Native Trafficking Project attorney to analyze state and federal law and policy, survey local service providers, develop best practices, and write briefs or other publications related to the issue.  This position is an excellent opportunity to work on an issue that has national impact addressing the rights of trafficked youth.  As resources allow, the spring position may be extended into the summer academic term. 


A demonstrated interest in children’s rights issues and creative problem solving, strong research skills, clear and concise writing skills, and the ability to work independently.  Access to West Law or Nexis also required. 


This is a paid position, at approximately 10-15 hours a week.  Work will be performed at the Lake Shore Campus, Cuneo Hall. 

Application Instructions: 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and two references (academic or professional) to chrc@luc.edu by January 7, 2018.  Please note that references only require contact information (vs. a letter of recommendation). The subject line for the email should be “CHRC Spring Legal Research Assistant.” 

For more information, please contact Chlece Neal at the Center for the Human Rights of Children at cneal2@luc.edu.



Children’s Rights Graduate Scholars Program

2018 – 2019

Call for Applications!!

The Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2018-2019 Children’s Rights Graduate Scholar.  Deadline to apply is March 14, 2018.

Program Overview

Launched in 2015, the Children’s Rights Graduate Scholars (“Children’s Rights Scholar”) program is an academic, year-long, internship opportunity with the CHRC.  This competitive internship provides a Loyola University Chicago graduate or doctoral student with an internship (12-15 hours per week) at the CHRC and $7,500 in tuition remission for the academic year.   

The program provides an academic opportunity for graduate-level students to be trained in research and advocacy that promotes the human rights of children.  The CHRC Children’s Rights Scholar works closely with CHRC staff and partners who are engaged in projects that address critical and complex issues affecting children both locally and globally.  Through professional development and project-based learning opportunities, the scholar will develop foundational knowledge about key issues facing children today while developing essential skills for their future career.  In addition to working on a CHRC research project, scholars may gain experience in other areas that will provide scholars with the practical skills necessary for working in a variety of environments.  These opportunities may include the following:  conducting community outreach and education, social media, communications, and event planning.  CHRC staff will strive to tailor the scholar’s experience to their professional goals and interests.

For addition information and to apply, please CHRC Graduate Scholars Application.

For more information about the CHRC Children’s Rights Graduate Scholar, please contact CHRC Associate Director, Adam Avrushin or visit the CHRC Children’s Rights Graduate Scholar page here

Volunteer Opportunities and Internships

The Center places interns and volunteers with related service organizations and within our own Center of Excellence. This provides much needed help for organizations, while increasing Loyola students’ awareness of and involvement in the advancement of children’s rights. Also see our multimedia page.

Student Fellowships

CHRC Student Fellowships are intended to facilitate involvement of students in collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, child rights activists, legal providers, businesses and the government. Through their research and projects, our fellows have worked to improve the policies that surround children's rights. In addition, our fellows have worked to address the issues child trafficking victims face throughout the world. A fellowship with the CHRC is a great way to develop a foundational understanding of the world of child trafficking and the legal policies, in addition to getting involved in the community.

The following are the projects conducted by CHRC Student Fellowships: