The UI Center for Human Rights Rex Honey internship program gives University of Iowa students the opportunity to be directly involved in human rights-related education on campus, in the Iowa City community, and around the state. This unpaid internship position will require a 10 hour commitment per week. Schedule is flexible and will be worked out with the supervisor, Erika Christiansen.

Our interns are an integral part of the Center and contribute in three primary areas:  

  • Designing and planning new and innovative events
  • Conducting mentored human rights research projects
  • Implementing the Center’s communications strategy and initiatives 


  • Current student at the University of Iowa in good academic standing
  • Strong interest in advancing human rights education and awareness
  • Commitment to diversity of background and perspectives
  • Ability to work independently and demonstration of self-motivation for assignment completion
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work with and build strong working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups to contribute to the Center’s mission

To apply

To apply for the internship, we will request that you send a cover letter and resume to Erika Christiansen at 


The program was created in 2011 in memory of Professor Rex Honey who sought to give undergraduates the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience in the field of human rights. Professor Honey was a co-founder of the UI Center for Human Rights, along with Burns Weston, Dorothy Paul, and Gina Crosheck. Over the years, his work to sustain the Center’s position as a vital university entity was invaluable. He helped to found the newly-launched human rights certificate program that the Center now maintains, and he served on its Faculty Advisory Board. He was intricately involved in many programs that served the university, the state, and the world.