Being an Intern at MCLI

MCLI interns learn the difference between human rights as a concept usually associated with problems in developing countries and human rights as a reality in their own communities by participating in a series of MCLI training workshops, attending public meetings, observing demonstrations and rallies, shadowing a Board Member, keeping a journal of reflections, researching and writing reports on human rights violations in the United States, and meeting with community members and other non-governmental organizations.

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MCLI has always been part of a multi-generational movement, inspired by elders and youth alike. Our mission to build the leaders of tomorrow’s movement centers around our tradition of training interns. MCLI now boasts over 400 intern alumni, many of whom now practice law, teach, and/or work for non-governmental organizations domestically and internationally. Two intern alums who worked for MCLI in the late 1970s and still keep in touch with MCLI, Colleen Rohan and Gregor Guy-Smith, first worked in the ad hoc tribunals to try war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and now practice law in the International Criminal Court. Another intern alum who interned in 1996, Lindsley Smith, now impacts law as a state legislator in Arkansas.  Interns are taught to analyze a broad range of issues using a human rights framework. Liz Troutman, one of our 2008 summer interns from the University of North Carolina School of Law, states: “During my summer at MCLI, I’ve had a broad exposure to how international law relates to domestic public policy. I plan to practice immigration law, and I can more clearly see how my exposure to human rights law at MCLI will inform the way I practice law in the future.”