Our Interns

Chiara Menghetti - Programme Intern (Geneva)

Chiara (she/her) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Bologna and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Leiden University. Her interest in human rights comes from the impact that the migration crisis had on her home country, Italy, from 2014, and then developed through her studies, internships and volunteer experiences. Before joining ISHR, she has worked at the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, focusing on human rights in places of deprivation of liberty. More recently, she has worked to raise public awareness about human rights issues that affect minorities, Indigenous people and vulnerable groups in South East Asia. She has also volunteered in Indonesia with children from difficult backgrounds, and in Italy supporting migrants. At ISHR, she will be focusing on the business and human rights programme.

Céline Buholzer - Communication Intern (Geneva)

Céline (she/her) graduated in Graphic Design at the Geneva Centre de Formation Professionelle des Arts (CFPA). She also studied Design for two years at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Before joining ISHR, she has worked in a shelter welcoming young children from different communities with difficult family situations, offering them care and supporting them in their development. Céline is particularly interested in creating positive environments for all communities, defending human rights and creating links between all through communication and social contact. Her mission at ISHR will be to suport the Communications team and discover how NGOs and international organisations collaborate towards better protecting human rights.

Sofía García Baudino- Communications Intern

Sofía (she/her) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain and a Master in International Relations and African Studies from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Before joining ISHR, she has worked for environmental rights and with human rights and defenders, especially women, children and Indigenous peoples in Latin America. Her interest in the field of human rights is inspired by her grandmother, a defender and activist in Patagonia, Argentina. Prior to joining ISHR, Sofia has worked with several NGOs such as AIETI or Aranjuez Sostenible in Spain. She is also a volunteer in the Red Cross Spain in the Refugees Department.

Valeria Castellanos - Programme Intern

Valeria (she/her) holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in International Cooperation for Development from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Previously, she has worked with several local and international organisations in Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela on issues of women’s rights, migrant protection, and humanitarian assistance. At ISHR, Valeria will be providing support for the Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Program (HRDAP) and the ISHR Academy, as well as overall assistance in different advocacy training and support activities for defenders.

Javier Urizar - Programme Intern (Geneva)

Javier (he/him) is a beneficiary of the DLA Piper Global Scholarships Programme who is currently on the final year of his Bachelors' degree in Law at Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala. He has served as a human rights researcher, as an analyst for the Judicial Observatory of the Criminal Justice System in Guatemala, and as a paralegal at the International Justice Mission. Javier will be assisting ISHR's Director of Development and Treaty body advocacy by contributing to the work at the UN Human Rights Council and Treaty Bodies.