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IIP-Danish Institute for Human Rights
Copenhagen, Denmark (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior
Time Away: Summer Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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About: DIHR is a Danish independent national human rights institution, accredited in accordance with the UN Paris Principles, and has, for the last three decades, implemented programs and projects covering nearly all aspects of human rights in Denmark and in developing and transitional countries around the world. DIHR works from a partnership approach, which means that all activity is designed and implemented by or in close collaboration with partner institutions, which provides IIP interns the opportunity to engage directly with other institutions. Priority areas for DIHR include justice, legal reform and rule of law and freedoms relating to civil society.

Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns -- depending on needs, interests and qualifications, will assist staff and management in a wide range of tasks related to program  planning and implementation. All work is related to one or thematic or geographic areas of human rights. This may include research and/or analysis e.g. in the form of baseline studies.
For the Summer of 2017, IIP interns will work in one or more of the following project areas:
  • Human Rights and Business Program - which focuses on supporting national implementation in developing countries of norms relating to human rights and businesses, informing relevant international and regional policy-making processes, human rights and business methodologies such as impact assessment, and capacity strengthening of national human rights institutions (NHRIs). The IIP intern’s duties will include: support in developing capacity building material for NHRIs on the topic of business and human rights; research on National Human Rights Institutions’ mandate and recent undertakings in the area of business and human rights, in particular with regard to facilitating access to remedy; research on National Action Plans for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other research on human rights and business topics on an ad hoc basis.
  • Corporate Engagement - which focuses on the human rights impact of private-sector actors. The IIP intern will also work with the International Secretariat on fundraising related activities. Through research, tools, and direct engagement with diverse stakeholders, DIHR works towards ensuring business’ respect for human rights. DIHR engages with private-sector actors in all industry sectors and world regions, and its approach and tools have been applied in more than 200 companies. In addition to direct engagement with companies, the Institute engages in partnerships with a wide range of institutional actors on human rights capacity development.
    The intern’s duties will include some or all of the following: research on human rights topics, business sectors, and country-specific human rights and business issues; resource development on human rights impact assessment, human rights indicators for business and sustainable supply chain management. This includes e-learning and tools development as well as content research and development and supporting the activities of the international secretariat. This IIP intern will become familiar with both DIHR’s research and its international projects aimed at, and developed in dialogue with, business. In addition, the intern will become familiar with DIHR’s fundraising activities.
Qualifications: IIP candidates should have a background/interest in human rights, law, political science, anthropology and/or social science. Language skills in a language other than English (French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, “Nordic”) would be an asset.

Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: I worked on multiple literary overviews; mapped global human rights ministries; mapped out the theroretical thinking behind my supervisor's ideas on orchestration and how he approaches human rights systems; helped with the presentation of a case used to instruct people from West Africa and Morocco on human rights...I learned a lot about NHRIs, human rights as an academic field, what human rights topics are relevant to today, and the way human rights standards are implemented and monitored around the world...I assisted my supervisors and a few others in putting together a coherent collection of works relevant to their research and putting together the tools which others in the organization will be able to use in the future, thus increasing the efficiency of the organization.  Intern #2:My main task was writing an issue paper on participation and accountability for the institute. The purpose was to define and quantify both participation and accountability so that it is easy to see how a country is progressing with regards to the two. This involved developing indicators to measure a country's participation and accountability. With this paper, the Institute will be able to measure and quantify the two with regards to their work on water, sanitation, health, food, education, and housing…I was solely in charge of this task, and it was the main thing I worked on. However, I also helped translate and develop documents for some work with the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs, conduct research and develop case studies on sexual and reproductive health rights, map the national legislation of Uganda on reproductive and sexual health rights, and I helped develop and edit a chapter in a manual on the right to water…I learned a lot about human rights. There's so many technical, legal, and practical issues that I never considered that affect human rights issues significantly. There's also a huge politics behind how countries address these issues. At work, I learned how an office environment actually works. How everyone helps each other out as much as possible, even with non-work-related things. There really is a team feeling here. Intern #3: I worked on a number of projects. One, which was a 20-30 page paper on the activities of the UN working group on business and human rights since its formation in 2011. The second was a research paper on investment and human rights. While working on these projects I was also given other smaller assignments to do, such as pulling sources and summarizing them for upcoming meetings in Geneva, or updating the sources available on the human rights e-learning page on-line...I learned a great deal about business and human rights, and learned about how trade agreements deal with corporate social responsibility, as well...I felt that my work will definitely contribute to the work that my supervisors are doing. The human rights and business agenda is developing quickly - one of my supervisors was in Geneva discussing proposals for the first-ever binding treaty for corporations and states regarding business-related human rights impacts - and for this reason, I felt that I definitely being put to work on projects that will help the organization. 

View a PowerPoint presentation by past IIP interns:
Kim, Hanna, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark.pptx
Danish Institute for Human Rights_Denmark_Garavito_Maria.pdf
DIHR, Denmark, Kesaieva, Ella.pdf

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This program is not currently accepting applications. Please consult the sponsoring department's website for application open dates.
This program is currently not accepting applications.