Human Rights in Iran Unit

The International Affairs Concentration at Brooklyn College – CUNY Internships on Human Rights in Iran


In 2012, the Masters Program in International Affairs at Brooklyn College CUNY established the Human Rights in Iran Unit (HRIU) to provide research support to United Nations’ Special Rapporteur (SR) on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, an independent expert authorized to investigate evolving human rights conditions in the Iran in and to report findings to the UN.

This project includes the following efforts:

▪ Investigation of Iran’s human rights practices on rights specified in existing national laws and ratified international treaties. Monitoring rights in Iran through news reports, blogs, and other social media

▪ Scholarly research on topics such as Iran’s criminal justice system, gender equality, the treatment of civil society and minority groups, and the impacts of economic sanctions

▪ Coordination with non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders to monitor human rights developments in the country

▪ Conducting interviews with individuals with first-hand knowledge of human rights violations

▪  Contribution to and maintenance of the project website

For all report and other work of the SR, please visit the SR website,


To assist in this research, we seek four interns to work approximately one full day a week at our office at the Brooklyn College campus in Manhattan at 25 Broadway, for one semester with a possibility for extension to a full academic year.  Interns may be current or recently graduate CUNY students or undergraduate students with a background in Iran.  While we do not expect any one applicant to have all of the following, we are looking for a team of interns who will combine the following experiences, skills, and specializations:

▪  Professional experience in human rights issues

▪  Academic specialization in international relations, particularly on intergovernmental organizations, or in comparative politics, especially in the Middle East or Islamic societies

▪  Media experience, such as organizing press conferences, or drafting talking points for interviews

▪  Training in research methods, including both qualitative and quantitative methods

▪  Strong writing and analytical skills

▪  Meticulous attention to detail as well as the critical perspective needed to understand and detect bias

▪  Ability to be diplomatic on sensitive issues

Internship Credit

Interns will receive 3.0 credit hours of class and/or a small stipend.


To apply, please submit the following via email to by January 10, 2014:

1. Cover letter describing what skills, experience, and knowledge you could bring to the project, your interest in the project, as well as the time that you could commit to the project

2. Resume or CV

3. One letter of recommendation (as an e-mail message, word document, or PDF attachment).  The letter may be from a professor, employer, or supervisor.

For more information, please see or contact Prof.  Mark Ungar at

Background Information

• Special Rapporteur’s report to the Human Rights Council, March 2012:

• Special Rapporteur’s report to the General Assembly, September 2011: SR Iran 2011 first report

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