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Resources and Opportunities

Committed to Social Responsibility and Workers' Rights?

The Fair Labor Association Student Committee offers students an opportunity to learn about social responsibility and connect with others who share similar interests. The group meets on Fridays throughout the academic year, typically for about one hour.During meetings, members interact with guest speakers, participate in learning and networking opportunities, and plan the publication of a Student Committee Journal.

Complete the application by September 29 to be considered for the 2023-24 Student Committee cohort.

Send questions to [email protected].

Apply for International Rescue Committee Internships

The International Rescue Committee in San Diego is recruiting for their Summer Internship Program. The internships will run tentatively late May-August. In-office dates will depend on public health guidance, with the possibility of remote opportunities earlier. They are still recruiting interns for 17 different positions throughout their departments.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Their San Diego offices in City Heights and El Cajon communities work to provide refugee families and individuals with resources that allow them to thrive in the United States. 

Their Internship Program is a great opportunity for students to gain experience working for an international humanitarian organization, while fostering their academic interests. I would be very grateful if you could pass this information along to any interested students!

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please reach out to Megan Baughman, Coordinator for Volunteer and Internship Opportunities, at [email protected]. Otherwise, students can browse different positions and apply via our website.

International Rescue Committee: volunteer opportunity

The International Rescue Committee in San Diego is seeking volunteers in its Immigration Department. It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working with an international humanitarian organization!

Immigration volunteers gain hands on experience helping our clients apply for U.S. citizenship, Permanent Resident Status, petition family members, DACA and more. It is a great learning experience for anyone interested in the U.S. immigration process, and holds a lot of opportunity for students as many volunteers go on to become interns within the department.

Download the flyer for more information or contact Megan Baughman at [email protected].

Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent

The Fellowship programme for people of African descent is a three-week intensive learning opportunity for people of African descent from the diaspora, who are engaged in promoting the rights of people of African descent.

The Fellowship programme provides the participants with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and deepen their understanding of the international human rights law and the UN human rights system, the international framework to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and intersecting issues with a focus on people of African descent;
  • Strengthen skills in developing project proposals, delivering presentations and submitting information to human rights mechanisms;
  • Gain first-hand exposure to human rights mechanisms;
  • Meet with a wide-range of actors.

It takes place once a year at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. 

Successful applicants receive:  a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva; basic health insurance; and a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.  Learn more about the program. 

SDSU Library Special Collections Network Television News Video Research Archive

The archive contains MP4 videos of more than 350 local and network television news reports covering a variety of research topic areas, including human rights subjects. The stories, reported by San Diego State journalism graduate John Martin, appeared between 1966 and 2002 on ABC News, NBC News, and KCRA News, (Sacramento). The videos are available for screening in the SDSU Library Special Collections Archive (Contact: Robert Ray, 619-594-6791). View the holdings.