7.31.2019
By Caroline Safran
Meet our 2019 Summer Interns!

We’ve got a great team here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and our summer interns have been no exception! Our summer intern cohort is a phenomenal group, who each have let their passions and strengths shine this summer. From Compass to Speak Truth to Power, their work has contributed to our mission of creating a more just and peaceful world. Introducing...the summer interns!

Brianna

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I am the Summer Compass intern.

Why did you want to work here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I wanted to work here at RFK Human Rights because most of my experiences both professionally and personally have revolved around human rights. As a result, I knew it would be an amazing opportunity to intern with an organization that works towards social justice from many different angles. Whether it is through education, advocacy, or litigation - Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights offers a platform that is inclusive to all who seek to work towards their mission.

What are you studying? I am currently a senior at SUNY Binghamton University majoring in human development and sociology.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? My favorite part about the internship process is even if you intern under a specific department, you still have the ability to network and learn about other areas of the organization. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights had Brown Bag Lunches once a week and during these lunches they invited different department officers and directors to speak with the interns.

What is your favorite Bobby Kennedy quote? “Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”

Morgan 

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I am a development intern.

Why did you want to work here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I wanted to learn more about nonprofit organizations, how they work internally, and how they collaborate with external partners. I did not know much about fundraising and development before entering the organization, but I have learned a lot along the way.

What are you studying? I am a double major in Organizational Studies and Sociology with Law Justice Social Change sub-major. I am a rising junior and plan on attending Law School after graduation.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned during your internship? Thanks to Nisa, Monica, and Suzanne, I have learned fundamental features of development work. I learned how to research organizations and write donor profiles and Foundation Briefs. I have also learned multiple aspects of Salesforce. The Development Team has given me substantial responsibility in organization and research, and I have been extremely grateful to provide assistance and information for them.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? The company culture here at RFK Human Rights has been so enjoyable to be a part of. I have loved getting to know both the employees and other summer interns. It has been great learning about other employees’ jobs here at the organization as well as their careers prior to joining RFK Human Rights.

Olivia

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I am the Multimedia Intern.

Why did you want to work here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I wanted to work at RFK Human Rights because it allowed me to combine my interest in human rights with the ability to tell stories in creative ways such as film and photography.

What are you studying? I am currently a political communications major at George Washington University.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? My favorite part of my internship has been meeting all of the great people who work at RFK Human Rights and learning about the incredible work they do.

Lilian 

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I am the Communications and Development Intern.

Why did you want to work here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I was drawn to RFK Human Rights after taking an introductory course in human rights law. I felt this organization was the right place to be in helping protect those most vulnerable to human rights abuses. 

What are you studying? Economics at Hunter College.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? My experience at RFK Human Rights has reaffirmed my commitment to working in a field that promotes civic engagement and advancing human welfare. I greatly enjoy being surrounded by people who are passionate about their work and inspire social change.

Cara

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? Georgetown Pinto Summer Associate for the Latin America Program. 

Why did you want to work here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? Through my studies in history, human rights, and law, I have realized the power of lawyers, in partnership with civil society, to effect positive change. Given my focus on Latin America and the fact that Partners for Human Rights staff members regularly advocate and litigate before the Inter-American Human Rights System, I felt that a summer internship with RFK Human Rights would offer me an invaluable learning experience.

What are you studying? I am an aspiring human rights attorney in my third year at Georgetown University Law Center. I have a B.A. in History with a Minor in Human Rights from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in History with a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut; I devoted my studies to the history of U.S. foreign policies toward Latin America from a human rights perspective.

What have you enjoyed most about the internship? Rarely do students have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to ongoing human rights litigation; I felt privileged to be able to utilize my research and writing skills to further cases that may set important human rights standards in Latin America.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? Everyone at RFK Human Rights genuinely cares about the mental and physical health of their staff members and interns who work every day to advocate for justice for victims of human rights violations around the world.

What is your favorite Bobby Kennedy quote? “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Lucie 

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? My role is to conduct international human rights legal research, monitor human rights issues of concern to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and providing additional support to the team. 

Why did you want to work here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I wanted to work at RFK Human Rights because the organization is dedicated to exposing injustice, teaching change, and healing pain.

What are you studying? I am studying International Legal Studies at American University/ Washington College of Law.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? The welcoming work environment and the joyful coworkers.

Kate 

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I am the Speak Truth to Power Intern.

What are you studying? I am studying political science with a concentration in international relations and psychology.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? The best part about working here are the people in the office. Everyone in  is wonderful, but I especially loved working with all the passionate and inspiring women (#girlpower). My favorite part about RFK Human Rights as an organization is The Speak Truth to Power program! I’m studying international relations and found myself to be very passionate about human rights at home and abroad. I decided this organization was a great place to further explore my interest in human rights.

What is your favorite Bobby Kennedy quote?  "Just because we cannot see clearly the end of the road, that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey." 

Caroline

What is your role at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I am the Communications Intern working out of the Washington, DC office.

Why did you want to work here at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I wanted to work here because RFK’s morals and values align so closely with my own. He once said that “those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe,” and I think I have found some of that courage here.

What are you studying? I am studying political science and communications at American University.

What has been your favorite aspect of working at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights? I have loved getting to work with both the DC office and the NY office! I have been able to expand my knowledge about communications in a nonprofit space, which has been invaluable. The people here are so genuine and driven, and it has been incredible getting to work with them.