Past Internships

The Tufts Oslo Scholars have engaged with Oslo Freedom Forum speakers in their home countries to promote their work as human rights leaders.

2018

Atrey Bhargava (A21) worked with Srdja Popovic as a Research intern for his organization, the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, Serbia. While in Belgrade, he worked with different protest movements and was lucky enough to interact with passionate leaders who were striving to create democracy and the rule of law in different parts of the world. He was able to fathom the strength of “people power” and the need for vigilance and active civil society to maintain liberty. Read about his experiences here.

Carlos Irisarri (A21) completed a summer internship at El Chigüire Bipolar, a Venezuelan satirical news source. During his internship he conducted general research, provided support with Spanish language translation, and created presentations for NGOs among other things. Read Carlos' reflection on his work here.

Claire Trilling (A19) interned remotely with Jamila Raqib and her organization, the Albert Einstein Institution, which specializes in the study and application of nonviolent resistance in conflicts. As a part of her work, she researched nonviolent current events around the world, assisted Jamila with speech-writing, and prepared briefings for upcoming events. Read about her work here.

2017

Zara Rancheva (A18) spent her summer working as a research intern with Srdja Popovic at his organization, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action Strategies. Read Zara's reflection on her work here.

Anne Hall (A19) interned with Dr. Nada Dhaif and her organization, the Bahraini Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organization. Read her reflection on her work here.

Sara Arman (A19) worked alongside Jamila Raqib at the Albert Einstein Institution, working on non-violent resistance strategies. Read her reflection on her work here.

2016

Nayana Bijli (A16) and Benya Kraus (A18) worked alongside Alaa Murabit and her NGO, Voice of Libyan Women, on the intersection between gender and security. Read a reflection of their work here.

Shawn Patterson (A17) interned for Srdja Popovic and his organization, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action Strategies, expanding the field of strategic nonviolence. Read his reflection on his work here.

Hnin Darle Lin interned with Suleiman Bakhit at the Hero-Factor Project, dedicated to promoting heroism as an antidote to extremism for Middle Eastern youth. Read a reflection of the experience here.

Oğul Girgin (A17), Nora Nord (A18), and Liam Flaherty (A18) interned with Justine Hardy at Healing Kashmir in Srinagar, India, working on the impacts of conflict on the psychological well-being of adolescents. Read their reflection on their work here.

Katie Cho (A18) spent her summer working with Ji Seong-Ho, founder of Now Action in Unity of Human Rights in Seoul, South Korea, advocating for the human rights of North Koreans.

2014

Jack Margolin (A16) worked with Srdja Popovic and his organization, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, Serbia, conducting research and analysis, and authoring reports for the use of activists and trainers. Read Jack’s reflection on his work with CANVAS here.

Caitlin Thompson (A17) interned at the Institute for Modern Russia, a public policy think tank that aims to assist in building democratic institutional structures in through research and advocacy. She also worked at the Human Rights Foundation, which puts on the Oslo Freedom Forum and promotes human rights and liberal democracy around the world. Read about her experience here.

2013

Carlota Fernandez-Tubao Rullo (A15) supported the work of Rafael Marques de Morais, Angolan journalist and civil rights activists known for his work reporting on government corruption and blood diamonds. Read Carlota's thoughtful piece on Rafael's work here.

Christina Luo (A13) interned with Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile, in Dharamsala, India. Read Christina's blog entry from the Oslo Freedom Forum 2013 titled "Sustainable Hope" here.

Jonathan Wolff (A14) and Niya Shahdad (A16) supported Justine Hardy and her organization, Healing Kashmir, which provides mental health services and builds resiliency and strength among people affected by Kashmir's political violence. 

2012

William Luk (A13) supported the work of Abebe Gellaw, exiled Ethiopian journalist and founder of Addis Voice, a source and platform for content forbidden by the Ethiopian government. Read William's blog post recounting his experience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia here.

Sabrina Ghaus (A14) supported the work of Asma Jahangir, human rights lawyer in Pakistan. Read Sabrina's blog post from the Oslo Freedom Forum here.

Carolina Cardenas (A13) worked with Oslo Freedom Forum delegate Mauricio Rodas, scholar and founder of the Ethos Foundation, an organization promoting equal opportunities, liberty, and human rights in Latin America. Read Carolina's reflection from Quito, Ecuador titled "Looking at Povery in a Different Light" here.

Nishant Saharan (A14) spent his break supporting Justine Hardy and her organization, Healing Kashmir, which provides mental health services and builds resiliency and strength among people affected by Kashmir's political violence. Read Nishant's reflection here.

2011

Garrett Friedman (A14) and Patricia Letayf (A12) interned in the summer of 2011 at Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish's foundation, Daughters for Life. Dr. Abuelaish is author of I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity (2011, Walker & Co)

Nithyaa Venkataramani (A13) interned with Vincent Manoharan's Cornerstone Trust, a Dalit rights and advocacy organization based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Vasundhara Jolly (A13) spent her break supporting Justine Hardy and her organization, Healing Kashmir, which provides mental health services and builds resiliency and strength among people affected by Kashmir's political violence. Read Vasundhara's blog from her internship here.  And read 2011 Oslo Scholars Program Coordinator Mike Niconchuck's reflection from Kashmir during a visit with active scholars here.

2010

Kelly Holz (A10) supported Mukhtar Mai's work to liberate Pakistani girls through education at the Mukhtar Mai School for Girls. Read Kelly's reporting from the field in the context of the simultaneously tragic 2010 Pakistan floods here.