Student Engagement and Research


There are many programs offered by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Institute at large which allow for purposeful community engagement and interdisciplinary research opportunities. These include a summer internship in human rights, DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted, and a Bass Connections project on Displacement, Resettlement, and Global Mental Health. Participants write weekly updates or periodic blog posts reflecting on their work.

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Six Duke undergraduates will spend the summer of 2016 as interns placed with both corporate and non-profit organizations seeking to explore the best ways of effecting change in corporate human rights practices.

Read their letters home throughout the summer

DukeEngage: Dublin

Kenan’s DukeEngage program takes students to Dublin, Ireland, to explore issues of migration with local immigrant and refugee communities.

Summer 2016
Summer 2015
Summer 2014
Summer 2013
Summer 2012

DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted




Twelve students in two teams spend a month doing field research with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, Iraqi refugees in Egypt, or Syrian refugees in Jordan. These students spent the first part of the semester gaining knowledge on refugee issues and research methods, then used their time abroad to collect refugee narratives for individual reports on different themes of life in the camps.

Bass Connections team: Displacement, Resettlement, and Global Mental Health

2014 Research Blog
2015 Research Blog

This research team, comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and a post-doctoral fellow, analyzed existing data from previous field research collected by students with the Kenan Institute for Ethics as well as traveling to Jordan for additional work with Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Read their research blog to learn more about the nature of the work and its challenges.

Kenan Human Rights Internships

Summer 2014
Elizabeth Hoyler, World Food Programme in Nepal

Summer 2013
Virginia Dillon, World Food Programme in Nepal