CCHR Summer Fellowship

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The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) sponsors the CCHR Summer Fellowship, a $5000 stipend for legal work in a public interest organization that promotes civil rights and/or the enforcement of federal rights on behalf of underrepresented minorities. Topics on which a fellow might work include, but are not limited to, voting rights, fair housing, employment, immigrants’ rights, and prisoners’ rights.


The CCHR Summer Fellowship will be awarded to one Notre Dame 1L or 2L student who acquires a summer internship consistent with this description. The CCHR Summer Fellow may opt to combine the fellowship with federal work study funds but is not required to do so.

Fellowship applicants are required to submit:

  • Current resume
  • Academic transcript
  • Cover letter describing the proposed internship and how it relates to the CCHR’s mission.

The successful awardee will need to secure a written internship offer from the placement organization. The CCHR Summer Fellow will be required to organize a public presentation on the topic of her or his work during the next academic year.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Summer Fellowship

Please send your resume and cover letter to Katelynn McBride at by Monday, March 20 if you wish to apply. Decisions will be made by Friday, March 31.

Founded by Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., the CCHR recognizes that every human being, created in the image of God, has a dignity entitled to respect and protection. In all of its efforts, the Center stands in solidarity with the oppressed, the afflicted, and the vulnerable and seeks to secure their civil and human rights and the conditions for their flourishing.