ISHR Interns and Fellows

Meet the talented, passionate people who are gaining experience at ISHR - and who bring a whole fresh look into our activities!

Our internships and fellowships provide hands-on experience working for an international non-governmental organisation as well as the opportunity to contribute to our work supporting human rights defenders, strengthening human rights systems, building and leading human rights coalitions, and responding to significant and systemic human rights concerns. 

Our interns and fellows make up a diverse team of incredibly talented and passionate people: meet them below!

Irina Agapova

(she/her)

Finance & Grants Management Assistant

Irina joined ISHR in November as Finance & Grants Management Assistant. She has previously worked in international banks and financial services companies...

Irina Agapova

(she/her)

Finance & Grants Management Assistant

Irina joined ISHR in November as Finance & Grants Management Assistant. She has previously worked in international banks and financial services companies. In 2022, she has discovered the world of non-profit organisations, which matched her personal values and motivated to pursue career in non-profit sector. Currently Irina is enrolled to Master’s programme in Sustainable Development at the University of Sussex. She has a strong interest in women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and sustainable development.

photo of ISHR intern Giselle Ayala

Giselle Ayala

(she/her)

Communications Intern

Giselle is interning with ISHR’s communications department during her fall semester abroad studying at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
photo of ISHR intern Giselle Ayala

Giselle Ayala

(she/her)

Communications Intern

Giselle is interning with ISHR’s communications department during her fall semester abroad studying at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She is a current junior majoring in International Relations and minoring in Film and Media Studies at Colgate University in New York. As a Mexican American woman, she is particularly interested in economic and developmental studies, gender equality, and immigrant and refugee rights.

Profile Photo of ISHR fellow Lamar Bailey Karamañites

Lamar Bailey

(she/her)

Fellow

Lamar joined ISHR in 2022 to contribute to an anti-racism project, supporting the civil society coalition's work.
Profile Photo of ISHR fellow Lamar Bailey Karamañites

Lamar Bailey

(she/her)

Fellow

Lamar joined ISHR in 2022 to contribute to an anti-racism project, supporting the civil society coalition’s work.
 
Lamar is a Panamanian/American afrodescendant activist, educator, and facilitator. She graduated from the Baruch College (CUNY) and is currently doing a Master programme in development and cooperation in the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, in Spain. Additionally, she graduated from the Centro de Estudios Afrolatinoamericanos (ALARI) from the Hutchins Center in Harvard University.
 
In Panama and in Spain she has been a part of civil society organisations including: the Afropanamanian Youth Network, Voices of Afrodescendant Women in Panama (VOMAP) and the Afropanamanian Forum and UHURU.
Photo of ISHR intern Jessica Biewers

Jessica Biewers

(she/her)

Programme intern

Jessica recently graduated from a Master's Degree in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and is remotely completing a degree in International Humanitarian Law.
Photo of ISHR intern Jessica Biewers

Jessica Biewers

(she/her)

Programme intern

Jessica recently graduated from a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and is remotely completing a degree in International Humanitarian Law. Jessica has previous experience working with international NGOs but also grassroots organisations: Amnesty International, Save the Children and the Intereuropean Human Aid Association (IHA). Jessica wishes to help NGOs in protecting and assisting people whose fundamental rights are violated, including the most vulnerable people such as children, women and refugees.

Photo of ISHR intern Laura Chaparro

Laura Chaparro

(she/her)

Programme intern

Laura is a Colombian lawyer currently enrolled in the MA in Human Rights at the University of Nuremberg in Germany. She has engaged in several human rights projects focusing on transitional justice, truth commissions, and gender-based violence in armed conflicts both in Colombia and Germany.
Photo of ISHR intern Laura Chaparro

Laura Chaparro

(she/her)

Programme intern

Laura is a Colombian lawyer currently enrolled in the MA in Human Rights at the University of Nuremberg in Germany. She has engaged in several human rights projects focusing on transitional justice, truth commissions, and gender-based violence in armed conflicts both in Colombia and Germany. She has volunteered at NGOs in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico, promoting women’s, children’s, and LGBTIQ+ people’s rights. Laura is particularly interested in women’s rights, transitional justice, international criminal law, and refugee rights.

Anna Devine

(she/her)

Programme Associate

Anna joined ISHR in May as a Programme Associate. She has previous experience working in international law firms and organizations, during which she was particularly invested in pro bono activities, notably in relation to business and human rights.

Anna Devine

(she/her)

Programme Associate

Anna joined ISHR in May as a Programme Associate. She has previous experience working in international law firms and organizations, during which she was particularly invested in pro bono activities, notably in relation to business and human rights. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Law from the Universities of Geneva and Basel, where she focused on human rights. Anna has a strong interest in women’s rights, migrant and refugee rights as well as corporate accountability.

Photo of Nadia Nibaruta, ISHR intern 2022

Nadia Nibaruta

(she/her)

Human Resources intern

Nadia Nibaruta joined ISHR as a Human Resources intern in May 2022.
Photo of Nadia Nibaruta, ISHR intern 2022

Nadia Nibaruta

(she/her)

Human Resources intern

Nadia Nibaruta joined ISHR as a Human Resources intern in May 2022.

Photo of ISHR intern Ando Rakotovoahangy

Ando Rakotovoahangy

(he/him)

Programme Intern

Ando is in his final year of a master's degree in Education sciences and international project engineering at the University of Paris 12.
Photo of ISHR intern Ando Rakotovoahangy

Ando Rakotovoahangy

(he/him)

Programme Intern

Ando is in his final year of a master’s degree in Education sciences and international project engineering at the University of Paris 12. Ando is committed to quality education for all as well as to environmental protection and climate justice. Ando has previous experience in NGOs, in Barcelona, and in journalism in Madagascar and in France.

ISHR fellow Jesselina Rana

Jesselina Rana

(she/her)

Programme Fellow

Jesselina Rana holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and is a human rights lawyer, social entrepreneur, and feminist activist from Nepal.
ISHR fellow Jesselina Rana

Jesselina Rana

(she/her)

Programme Fellow

Jesselina Rana holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and is a human rights lawyer, social entrepreneur, and feminist activist from Nepal. In the past, she has contributed widely to Nepal’s human rights and feminist discourse through her policy and grass-root level work with Amnesty International Nepal on rape law reforms, citizenship bill reform, and acid violence law reform.

Photo of ISHR fellow Rene Torres

Rene Torres

(he/him)

Communications assistant

Rene Torres is a Journalist and PR specialist. His work has been published by well known agencies such as Associated Press and was featured in numerous Swiss media.
Photo of ISHR fellow Rene Torres

Rene Torres

(he/him)

Communications assistant

Rene Torres is a Journalist and PR specialist. His work has been published by well known agencies such as Associated Press and was featured in numerous Swiss media. During his career, he has covered a wide variety of topics in South America including the peace agreement in Colombia and the hyperinflation in Venezuela. Rene is passionate about communications and recently has achieved a specialization in digital strategies and web marketing.

Work with us

Our human rights internships mix exciting projects! As an intern, your talent will be recognised and you will fully participate in the life of our NGO. Since 2021, ISHR is committed to offering paid internships and fellowships only. Our interns and fellows receive some stipend from a third party or directly from ISHR. Working with us is a great opportunity for a first human rights internship or a human rights summer internship. 

Find out more about open positions for internships.