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Center for Civil Liberties

Submissions open: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 23:59

Host Organization:

Center for Civil Liberties


Organization profile:

The Centre for Civil Liberties (CCL) was established in 2007 to promote the values of human rights, democracy and rule of law in Ukraine and Eurasia to reinforce the principle of human dignity. The organization is developing legislative changes, exercises public oversight over law enforcement agencies and judiciary, conducts educational activities for young people, monitors political persecution in occupied Crimea, documents war crimes in Donbas and implements international solidarity programs. 

The uniqueness of the organization’s work is the long-term experience of working with volunteers and trainees from Ukraine and other countries (Poland, France, Great Britain). During the Revolution of Dignity, the CCL coordinated the Euromaidan SOS civic initiative, which brought together several thousand people to support persecuted protesters across the country. At the moment, the organization is coordinating several volunteer initiatives and international campaigns, such as the #SaveOlegSentsov Global Campaign to release the Kremlin prisoners. As part of the #SaveOlegSentsov Global Campaign, synchronous collective actions are held in about 30 countries of the world, as well as constant activities of self-organized groups in a number of countries.

The Center for Civil Liberties enjoys high prestige, thanks to which it is actively working to consolidate the efforts of the human rights community in Ukraine. The organization initiated the creation of the Human Rights Agenda Platform that unites the key human rights organizations of the country. All these years, the Platform participants have been working on judicial and police reforms and bringing national legislation in line with international humanitarian law. At present, the focus of the Platform is on countering initiatives by the Ukrainian authorities to illegally restrict rights and freedoms under the pretext of fighting Russian aggression, as well as attacking civil society in the form of legislative initiatives on foreign agents, discrediting anti-corruption organizations, physical attacks on civil society activists, etc.

The organization actively cooperates with international intergovernmental organizations of the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the EU. The head of the CCL was awarded a number of international prizes, including the international prize for human rights and democracy by the Kingdom of Norway, the Democracy Defender Award “for outstanding contribution to advocating democracy and protecting human rights” from of the OSCE delegations, etc.



Department Profile:

human rights, democracy, rule of law, civil society

Work description:

The CCL plans to attract interns to the following forms of activity:

- preparation of analytical and other documents on human rights issues, rule of law, civil society in Ukraine based on the range of interests of the intern and his/her qualifications,

- participation in the organization and holding of public events of the organization (human rights clubs, film screenings about human rights, expert round tables, etc.),

- participation in the work of international campaigns for the liberation of people imprisoned for political motives in Russia, the occupied Crimea and Donbas,

- participation in civic monitoring of court hearings on high-profile cases and police actions during peaceful assemblies,

- collection of information about cases of persecution of civil activists in Ukraine over the past two years,

- assistance in organizing expert meetings dedicated to promoting reforms in Ukraine and solving other systemic problems of human rights, the rule of law and democracy,

- other tasks, based on their competencies and the needs of a particular person.

Internship projects can be designed to match interns’ preference and needs.



Internship Dates:

June 22 – Aug. 14, 2020

Work Attire:


Local language:

Ukrainian, Russian

Basic reading, writing, and speaking (one-year level at Stanford)

Acceptable level of command of Ukrainian or Russian

Intermediate reading, writing, and speaking (two-year level at Stanford)

Desired level of command of Ukrainian or Russian

Additional information:

The office of the organization is located on the third and fourth floors in a historic building with no elevator and ramps.

City or Cities: 
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and coterms who are undergraduates in all majors, including undeclared. Coterm students must still have undergraduate status.
  • Applicants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
  • Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the spring quarter. 

For more internship positions provided by the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program, please see our internship listing.  

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