SRHRL Internship

The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology. The Program has a long-standing commitment to providing substantive internship opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs from all fields of science and engineering, as well as law students.

Who Should Apply

Candidates should have an interest in the intersection of science and technology, human rights, ethics and the law; excellent written and oral communication skills; and a strong academic background - all fields will be considered. Undergraduates, graduate students, law students and post-docs are all eligible to apply for the internship.  

Scheduling is flexible, but interns are expected to work at least four days per week for a minimum of 32 hours per week. Internships are for a period of 10-12 weeks, with preference given to candidates who can intern for at least 12 weeks.

What the Internship Involves

Interns work closely with AAAS staff across a range of projects, helping to prepare proposals, participate in on-going research, organize meetings, and contribute to publications. They also have the opportunity to attend relevant conferences and meetings in the Washington, D.C. area, and write for the Program's newsletter, Professional Ethics Report. Information about the Program's current projects and acitivites is available under the human rights and ethics and law tabs at the top of the page. 

Internships are paid, however, the Program is unable to subsidize expenses related to housing or travel. The Program will accommodate students interested in receiving course credit. Requests for course credit must be pre-approved by your academic department and indicated in your application.

Special Offering: Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project Intern

The Program is interested in an intern with experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing to work with the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project. The Project seeks an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in geography, remote sensing or a related field. Recent graduates are also welcome to apply. Applicants with GIS or image processing experience (e.g., ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, etc.) are preferred. Please note in your application cover letter whether you wish to be considered for this position.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your dates of availability and a resume to Rebecca Carlson at with "AAAS Internship" as the subject line. It is not necessary to submit an application through the AAAS Employment Website.

Required Application Materials

  • Dates of availavility (please indicate in your cover letter)
  • Cover letter (pdf preferred)
  • Resume (pdf preferred)

Application Deadlines

  • Winter/Spring - November 15 
  • Summer - March 15
  • Fall - July 15

Current Interns

Josh Ettinger

Josh is an intern with the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program. In the past he has interned with Congressman Steve Israel, Human Rights First and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Josh is particularly interested in the application of science and technology for international development and the promotion of human rights. He is a recent graduate of Hofstra University’s Honors College, where he completed a senior thesis examining child labor rates vs. free trade policies.

Andréa Hughes

Andréa is currently interning with the AAAS Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project, utilizing high- and low-resolution remote sensing data to assess human rights conflicts around the world.  A Planetary Geologist by training, she earned her Master’s degree in Planetary Geosciences from the University of Tennessee, and her undergraduate degree in Space Sciences from Florida Institute of Technology.  Andréa has previously interned with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, NASA, and the German Aerospace Center.  Andréa plans to pursue a future career in Earth and Planetary Sciences that will advance our current knowledge and further space exploration.