Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Physicians For Human Rights

This placement is with PHR’s National Student Program. Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all. Harnessing the specialized skills, rigor, and passion of doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists, PHR investigates human rights abuses and works to stop them. PHR’s National Student Program strives to advance students’ understanding and lifelong investment in health and human rights activism, and to cultivate their unique contributions as advocates promoting health and human rights locally, nationally and globally. For more information see:

Proposed responsibilities include:

  • playing a major role in planning PHR’s National Student Conference including event planning, communications, design, research and editing
  • assisting staff in tracking and researching human rights violations in particular countries
  • participating in organizing campaigns and educational events on select human rights issues, such as global AIDS and Darfur
  • researching selected human rights issues where medicine and law intersect
  • monitoring the media’s coverage of human rights issues
  • assisting the communications department in outreach to all forms of media (TV, radio, newspaper)
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor