Kathryn served with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights in Democracy in Dharamsala, India in summer 2016.
I applied to law school with dreams of becoming an international human rights and global health lawyer. After studying the typical first year law courses, I was eager to travel and advocate for the human rights of vulnerable communities outside of the U.S. Working as a legal intern for the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy was the perfect introduction into international human rights law in a professional, non-governmental setting. The internship expanded my legal research and writing skills in the field of international human rights law as I wrote a special report on language rights and bilingual education policy within Tibet. The goal of this special report is to create global awareness of the People’s Republic of China’s violations of Tibetans’ linguistic and education rights. Altogether, this fellowship broadened my understanding of human rights within a multi-cultural and politically tumultuous environment and trained me for future advocacy work involving human rights issues affecting communities in other parts of the world. I highly recommend this internship for the well-traveled, curious, open-minded, and determined law student.