The Elisabeth Ruyter Fellowship will be awarded to one undergraduate student who will participate in SCHR’s Summer Human Rights Internship Program.
Internships provide undergraduate, graduate and law students with hands-on training in all areas of capital and civil rights litigation and advocacy. Each year students from schools across the country and abroad spend their summer at the Southern Center completing a variety of assignments under the supervision of experienced staff. As many of SCHR's clients are in prisons outside of the metropolitan Atlanta area, interns are often asked to travel with attorneys, investigators, and other interns throughout Georgia and Alabama.
- Rising junior or senior undergraduate student
- Demonstrated leadership experience and interest in social justice through coursework and/or extracurricular activities
- Interested in pursuing a legal career serving marginalized communities targeted by the criminal justice system
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Willingness to travel extensively by car in Georgia, Alabama, and elsewhere (a driver’s license is required; however, car ownership is not required as SCHR provides vehicles)
- Willingness to work long hours, including some weekends, when needed
- Currently receiving need-based financial aid and ability to provide proof of one of the following need-based federal student aid programs:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Direct Subsidized Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Work-Study