Note: applications are due in February prior to the summer of the internship.
Pathways of Change is a summer internship program run by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for students interested in the areas of business and human rights, women’s rights and environmental justice. Students intern with organizations working for social change across these fields, and work together to explore the trade-offs between different approaches towards social change.
In addition to working with the partner organizations, students conduct profiles of the people in their organizations and write “letters home” about the best ways to effect change in corporate human rights practices.
- Read student reflections on the Pathways of Change journal page
- Learn more about leaders in these organizations through Q&A profiles
As part of the Pathways of Change program:
- Each internship comes with a $5,000 stipend.
- Partner organizations serve as hosts to the summer intern.
- Students blog about their summer experiences and conduct profiles of people working in their fields, and
- Students participate in an interdisciplinary seminar in the Fall of 2018 on Theories and Strategies of Social Change.
Pathways of Change Program Partners:
- Feminist Majority Foundation (Washington, DC) – An 8-10 week internship with June 2018 start date to be negotiated. Additional information about FMF – DC internships can be found here.
- Feminist Majority Foundation (Beverly Hills, CA) – An 8-10 week internship with June 2018 start date to be negotiated. Additional information about FMF – West Coast internships can be found here.
- Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South (RCWMS) (Durham, NC)– An 8-10 week internship with summer start date to be negotiated with the Center. Additional information on the Resource Center can be found here.
- Accountability Counsel (San Francisco, CA) – A 10-week minimum position and flexible start date, though most interns start first week in June. Additional information about potential internship can be found here.
- Business Social Responsibility (San Francisco, CA) – Preference for 10 weeks or longer, and May/June start date.
- Corporate Accountability (Boston, MA) – Preference for 10-week duration that starts either week of May 28th or week of June 4th. Additional description of possible internships are here and here.
- International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (Washington, DC) – A 10-week minimum position, flexible on start date though prefer early start date. Internship would most likely be with the Campaign and Advocacy Director.
- SAS (Cary, NC) – 8 or 10-week position and flexible start date.
- Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, a non-profit community-based organization in Duplin County, NC and Southern Environmental Law Center, an non-profit public interest law firm in Chapel Hill, NC. Flexible with start/end date. Requires a 10-week commitment. (Position will be located in the offices of REACH in Duplin County and co-supervised by REACH and SELC.)
- North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, a non-profit community-based organization in Duplin County, NC and Southern Environmental Law Center, an non-profit public interest law firm in Chapel Hill, NC. Flexible with start/end date. Requires a 10-week commitment. (Position will be located in the offices of the NCEJN and co-supervised by NCEJN and SELC.)
- Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a private family foundation whose work across North Carolina includes matters of sustainability, equity, and justice. Flexible with start/end date. Requires a 10-week commitment. (Position will be located in the offices of Z. Smith Reynolds in Winston Salem, NC.)
To apply to the Pathways of Change program, please include the documents noted below in a single PDF, in the order listed, with pages numbered. Please email application to Suzanne Katzenstein (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Application Form (available here)
- Cover Letter – this can be a general later about why you want to participate in the program, and should not be specific to any organization.
- Writing Sample – 5-10 pages, please note at top which class it was for. This writing sample can be about any topic — something that showcases your best academic writing.
In the email, and NOT in your application, please rank your potential placements with different partners, with #1 as your top preference. Please list only partners you would be willing to intern with. If you are flexible on placements, please note that. Do not include this information in your application , as we may forward your application to one or more partners.
2018 Pathways of Change FAQs:
2018 Pathways of Change Summer Interns (read their journals):
Business and Human Rights
She loves doing interdisciplinary research and working with data in ways that benefit the public good and protect human rights. She also enjoys traveling, singing with the Duke Chorale, and teaching app development skills to middle school students through the Mobile Citizens program.
She is a first-generation college student from the small town of Lenoir, North Carolina, and enjoys singing, cooking, and traveling. On campus, she is a Peer Preceptor for the Rubenstein Scholars, an intern in the Global Education Office, and Vice President of Duke Chorale. Tiffany is passionate about the need to amplify the voices that are too often drowned out by repressive governments or powerful corporations and she hopes to turn this passion into a career after law school.
Annie Delmedico, placed with Accountability Counsel, is a rising senior from Raleigh, North Carolina, majoring in History with a concentration in Social Movements and Human Rights and a minor in Education.
At Duke, she plays on the club volleyball team, produces Me Too Monologues, and has worked on a Bass Connections team studying the impact of mindfulness on the wellbeing of middle school students.
Sara is passionate about social justice and bridging intersectional, community-driven change with institutional mechanisms of accountability. She is also especially interested in issues surrounding forced migration, and has worked with forcibly displaced people through DukeEngage Dublin, Duke Immerse: Uprooted/Rerouted, the Kenan Refugee Project, and Supporting Women’s Action. She is hoping to write her senior thesis on the way that differential humanitarian mandates impact the lived experiences and future imaginings of Iraqi and Palestinian refugees living in Jordan.
He is interested in issues related to data privacy, international security and human rights, and foreign policy. At Duke, Henry has participated in the Duke Engage Jordan program, where he learned more about the Middle East and researched human trafficking legislation for an NGO. He is a member of the Outing Club and loves everything related to the outdoors. He first became involved with Kenan through the Ethics FOCUS cluster his freshman year.
His interests with politics intersects with his activities outside of the classroom. Corey has spent his last two years at Duke examining race and gender through his work with the Women’s Center and the Black Men’s Union. Before his current role as a Gender Violence Prevention intern at the Duke Women’s Center, Corey served as the co-chair for Black Student Alliance where he oversaw the largest incoming class of black freshman to date. In his spare time, he enjoys black and white photography and playing video games.
Her interests are environmental justice, particularly in relation to legislation and energy policies. She is also interested in law and history in general. She is an international law writer for Juris, Duke’s undergraduate law magazine, and did research on the intersection of counseling psychology and anti-black racism in the past semester.
Through coursework, she has developed an understanding of policy analysis, policymaking, and the ethical considerations in doing human rights work. She is specifically interested in theoretical and practical matters surrounding black feminism. She has a passion for advocacy and has applied it through engagement with minority communities and as an online writer exploring themes of intersectionality and sexual violence. Currently, she is researching women’s feminist movements across Africa, and in the future she is interested in doing research on gender and sexuality in African contexts.
Victoria Wang, placed with Feminist Majority Foundation at the LA/Beverly Hills office, is a rising senior majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Global Health and Economics.
She is passionate about gender equality and the decriminalization of sex work. She hopes to pursue human rights law and non-profit work in the future.
Amy Windemuth, placed with Feminist Majority Foundation at the LA/Beverly Hills, is a rising junior from Berlin, Germany.
At Duke, she is majoring in Global Health and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist studies. Amy is passionate about reproductive rights and hopes to explore the intersection between sexuality, gender, and the law in the future. In her spare time, she is a student-manager for Duke’s Women’s Basketball team and is also a member of Business Oriented Women.
2017 Focus Areas and Participants
2017 areas of focus and participants were:
Business and Human Rights/Corporate Social Responsibility
She is passionate about economic development and the intersection of business and social impact, particularly within a corporate setting. Carolyn previously participated in DukeEngage: Guatemala where she learned about microfinance, social entrepreneurship and various business structures through a consulting role. An alumna of Kenan’s pre-orientation program Project Change, she is also a research assistant for the Duke Neuroeconomics Lab, Social Impact 360 mentor, and a member of Business Oriented Women on campus.
She is passionate about international business and human rights, especially regarding international protection and accountability mechanisms. At Duke, she has been involved with the Kenan Institute for Ethics through both the Kenan refugee project and the Duke Global Human Rights Scholars program studying UN involvement in South Sudan. She plays on the women’s club lacrosse team and is part of the BASS connections schooling and parenting team researching the impact of school tracking on students’ academic identity.
She is majoring in International Comparative Studies (with a regional concentration in Francophone Africa) and minoring in French. Ebony is passionate about economic inequality in the Global South and has taken a particular interest in studying how globalization impacts people of the African diaspora. She hopes to write her Honors ICS Thesis examining the relationship between multistakeholder initiatives, development, and human rights within the cocoa industry in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
After living in three different continents throughout her childhood, she has developed a passion for international law, specifically within the context of human rights. At Duke, Carolina works as a Peer Advisor to first- and second-year students, tutors children at local elementary schools through America Reads America Counts, and organizes fundraising efforts for Duke Children’s Hospital as an Executive member of DevilThon, Duke’s Dance Marathon organization.
He is most interested in understanding and influencing governmental, corporate, and individual behavior to promote positive change in society. He is also passionate about working with refugees and has done so through DukeEngage Ireland, Bass Connections: Citizenship Lab, and the Duke Immerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program.
Bryce Cracknell, placed with Southern Environmental Law Center and the NC Environmental Justice Network, is a junior from Charlotte, NC majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Race and Poverty with a minor in Environmental Science and Policy.
He is interested in issues pertaining to the environment, human rights, and environmental justice. In his free time, Bryce enjoys playing soccer, cheering on Duke Athletics, attending plays/musicals, reading, discussing politics and anything Star Wars.
She is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy as well as Cultural Anthropology, and is extremely interested in the intersection between the environment and humanity through environmental and social justice. She also comes from a background in the arts and has spent the majority of her life as a dancer.
He is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Marine Science and Conservation and is in the certificate program for Energy and the Environment. Sam has spent the past two summers researching marine mammal acoustics at Duke’s Marine Laboratory in Beaufort and participated on the 2017 Bass Connections team on Ocean Energy.
She is studying Public Policy and Gender, Sexually, Feminist Studies and has a background in criminal law, spending two summers working at the Miami State Attorney’s Office. Amanda has a passion for feminism, and hopes to turn it into a career through law school.
She is majoring in psychology and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. In her spare time from academics, Savannah works at Duke’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and performs, directs and costume designs with Hoof ’n’ Horn, Duke’s student-run musical company (credits include HAIR, Next to Normal, American Idiot, Sweeney Todd). She is passionate about the manifesto genre, social justice movements, radical compassion, self- and communal-care, books, loose-leaf tea, dogs, and really nice pens.
She is a Robertson Scholar, majoring in International Comparative Studies and minoring in Arabic. Sydney is interested in women’s economic empowerment opportunities in the Middle East. She hopes to write a senior thesis on the role of women in peace organizations dedicated towards resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict. At Duke, she works at the Duke Phonathon, is a member of the Duke Honor Council and is founder of Mussar at Duke, a program focused on Jewish ethics and spirituality.
She is majoring in African and African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies with a minor in Theater Studies. Colleen is passionate about intersectional and anti-racist organizing against sexual violence. Her work includes art making, focusing now through reclaiming Shakespearean texts. She hopes to continue working to support anti-sexual violence organizing in Durham after graduating from Duke.
Read about our 2016 students and interviews they conducted profiling business and human rights professionals. A list of previous internship partnerships can be found here.