First Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance Kicks off with Clinical Seminar in Budapest

Participants and teachers of the first Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance.

The first Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance (OSIRG) began with a 10-day Clinical Seminar in Budapest from June 15 to 24.

The OSIRG Clinical Seminar was held to start the first year of the newly launched OSIRG program. Hosted by the School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU), the seminar was held to introduce interns to some of the far-reaching topics which they will encounter during their internship.

"This first clinical seminar was highly rewarding," said Assistant Professor Daniel Large, who taught a number of sessions during the seminar. "It involved an impressive, talented set of students from all over the world, and successfully married the very best of academic knowledge and practitioner experience in innovative and productive ways." 

Created by the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and SPP, the Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance (OSIRG) supports 14 students from top graduate-level programs to work at the intersection of public policy, advocacy, and human rights. The internship program promises to build a dedicated alumni network that will support innovative policy-making in the rights and governance fields.

This highly competitive program allows a limited number of students from top public policy schools to immerse themselves in the ideas and practice of open society through the Budapest seminar, which is followed by a six-week intensive internship at a major international non-governmental organization. Together, the distinctive seminar and internship will prepare participants to act confidently in complex situations where policy, advocacy, international actors and human rights intersect.

The OSIRG Clinical Seminar covered topics which included the root causes of human rights violations and corruption, and the rise of emerging powers and how they are impacting on rights and governance. Kathryn Sikkink, Regent’s professor and holder of the McKnight Presidential Chair in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and Douglas Johnson, former executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture, led the seminar. SPP staff members and faculty including Dean Wolfgang Reinicke, Senior Advisor Thorsten Benner, Visiting Professor Katrin Kinzelbach, and Assistant Professor Daniel Large taught a number of sessions during the seminar. Meanwhile, OSF and CEU Founder and Honorary Chairman George Soros, CEU President and Rector John Shattuck, and OSF President Chris Stone joined participants on a number of the sessions.

The participating interns travelled to Budapest from Harvard University in the US, O.P. Jindal Global University in India, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, Tsinghua University in China, the University of Oxford in the UK, and Sciences Po in France. Next year’s seminar will also be attended by students from SPP.

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