Elisabeth Ruyter Fellowship

Atlanta, ,
United States
Term: Summer

Funds participation in SCHR’s Summer Human Rights Internship Program featuring hands-on training in capital and civil rights litigation and advocacy

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.

During the summer, the Center provides fellows with a multiple-day orientation and training program. Here, fellows gain substantive background knowledge on SCHR’s work, including the legal and procedural aspects of the death penalty appellate process and the legal grounds for prisoners’ rights cases. Additional training sessions include brown-bag lunchtime talks, film screenings, and joint activities with other organizations throughout the summer. The SCHR's small staff size ensures that fellows receive regular supervision and support. Upon completion of their assignments fellows review their findings with the attorneys and develop follow up action plans.
The summer internship will begin at the end of May and end in early August. The successful applicant will receive a $5,000 stipend to cover their summer living expenses and travel to and from Atlanta.


  • 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

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Junior, Senior
Fellowship Type:
Public Service, Summer Opportunity
Atlanta, ,
United States

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Apply early - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.