Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Internship Program

“The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. In addition to publishing Science, AAAS fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy; diplomacy; education and career support; public engagement with science; and more.  AAAS is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2017 Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law internship program.

The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology. The Program has a long-standing commitment to providing substantive internship opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs from all fields of science and engineering, as well as law students.

Who Should Apply

Candidates should have an interest in the intersection of science and technology, human rights, ethics and the law; excellent written and oral communication skills; and a strong academic background – all fields will be considered. Undergraduates, graduate students, law students and post-docs are all eligible to apply for the internship.

Scheduling is flexible, but interns are expected to work at least four days per week for a minimum of 32 hours per week. Internships are for a period of 10-12 weeks, with preference given to candidates who can intern for at least 12 weeks.

What the Internship Involves

Interns work closely with AAAS staff across a range of projects, helping to prepare proposals, participate in on-going research, organize meetings, and contribute to publications. They also have the opportunity to attend relevant conferences and meetings in the Washington, D.C. area, and write for the Program’s newsletter, Professional Ethics Report.

Internships are paid, however, the Program is unable to subsidize expenses related to housing or travel. The Program will accommodate students interested in receiving course credit. Requests for course credit must be pre-approved by your academic department and indicated in your application.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter indicating your dates of availability and a resume to with “AAAS Internship” and your name as the subject line. It is not necessary to submit an application through the AAAS Employment Website.


  • Dates of availability (please indicate in your cover letter)
  • Cover letter (pdf preferred)
  • Resume (pdf preferred)”

The application deadline for Summer 2017 is March 15, 2017.

Learn more about the SRHRL program at


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