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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!

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Wipada Baccam

(she/her)

Communication Associate

Wipada Baccam joins ISHR's Communications team for a 6-month mission. With a Master's from IHEID, she has enriched human rights advocacy at organisations like...
Photo of ISHR team member Wipada Baccam

Wipada Baccam

(she/her)

Communication Associate

Wipada Baccam joins ISHR’s Communications team for a 6-month mission. With a Master’s from IHEID, she has enriched human rights advocacy at organisations like FORUM-ASIA and ILGA. Previously, Wipada spearheaded campaigns, designed visual content, and represented NGOs at UNHRC sessions. Wipada is passionate about amplifying human rights defenders’ voices.

José David Enriquez

(he/him)

Programme Intern

David is a last year last student at Universidad Rafael Landívar. He's very passionate about international law and arbitration and pursues a career in this fields.

José David Enriquez

(he/him)

Programme Intern

David is a last year last student at Universidad Rafael Landívar. He’s very passionate about international law and arbitration and pursues a career in this fields.

Alaitasune Love Geiger

(she/her)

United Nations Advocacy Intern

Alaitasune joined ISHR in 2023. She supports ISHR efforts at the United Nations Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee and conducts research for...

Alaitasune Love Geiger

(she/her)

United Nations Advocacy Intern

Alaitasune joined ISHR in 2023. She supports ISHR efforts at the United Nations Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee and conducts research for ISHR publications. Before joining ISHR, Alaitasune worked on immigrants’ legal rights and equitable food access efforts. She is finishing her degree in Diplomacy & World Affairs.

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Isabel Hershey

(she/her)

Programme Intern

Isabel holds a BA in the Arts and Humanities and a BA in Anthropology from Michigan State University. She is a current student at the University of Michigan Law School, specializing...
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Isabel Hershey

(she/her)

Programme Intern

Isabel holds a BA in the Arts and Humanities and a BA in Anthropology from Michigan State University. She is a current student at the University of Michigan Law School, specializing in human rights law. She values civic engagement, equity, and sustainability for all people.

Nayara Khaly Silva Sanfo

(she/her)

ISHR Fellowship

Nayara Khaly joined ISHR in 2023 to support a civil society coalition focused on an anti-racism agenda for human rights.

Nayara Khaly Silva Sanfo

(she/her)

ISHR Fellowship

Nayara Khaly joined ISHR in 2023 to support a civil society coalition focused on an anti-racism agenda for human rights. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree in International Relations at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC, Brazil). She is engaged in migrant rights research and social justice activism through the intersectionalities of gender and race in Brazil.

Kristel Martin

(she/her)

Programme Intern

Kristel is a Guatemalan law student at Universidad Rafael Landívar. She is also a Cohort 4 fellow from DLA Piper’s Global Scholarship Programme...

Kristel Martin

(she/her)

Programme Intern

Kristel is a Guatemalan law student at Universidad Rafael Landívar. She is also a Cohort 4 fellow from DLA Piper’s Global Scholarship Programme, which has allowed her to collaborate and work with a diverse and multicultural group of future lawyers. She has showed a great passion for human rights law throughout her university years, constantly expanding her knowledge, fueled by her drive to become an agent of change in her country.

Hortense Minishi ISHR fellow

Hortense Minishi

(she/her)

Programme Fellow

Hortense Minishi is a tenacious foreign human rights lawyer from Kenya and an aspiring Diplomat. She has a passion for equity, justice, and empowering individuals and communities...
Hortense Minishi ISHR fellow

Hortense Minishi

(she/her)

Programme Fellow

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Hortense Minishi is a tenacious foreign human rights lawyer from Kenya and an aspiring Diplomat. She has a passion for equity, justice, and empowering individuals and communities to realize their human rights. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Hortense successfully completed her Master of Human Rights Degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May 2023.   She has a strong legal background holding two Post-graduate Diplomas (PgDip) in Law from the University of London and the Kenya School of Law as well as a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from Moi University. She has substantive professional expertise in international and African regional law, international justice, humanitarian law and human rights law particularly rights of women, children, youth and refugees. For nearly a decade, Hortense worked with varied international and non-governmental organizations to conceptualize, manage, and implement humanitarian programs in fragile, conflict- and post-conflict settings.  She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship, a Mandela Washington Fellowship, the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Equity and Inclusion Award, the Pathways to Peace  Exceptional Woman of Peace Award and the UMN Presidential Student Leadership and Service Award. As a Black African Woman, Hortense is a strong advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion at national, regional and international levels. She is currently serving as the Chapter President of the East and Horn Africa Regional network under the organizational umbrella of the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security.

ISHR intern Humberto Mendez Ramos

Humberto Menez Ramos

(he/him)

Programme intern

Humberto is a last year Master Student at the Geneva Graduate Institute. He is convinced that we are all agents of development, and...
ISHR intern Humberto Mendez Ramos

Humberto Menez Ramos

(he/him)

Programme intern

Humberto is a last year Master Student at the Geneva Graduate Institute. He is convinced that we are all agents of development, and thus, security providers. Interested in topics related with global migration governance, human rights’ protection mechanisms, and the study of fear and violence in our societies.

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Socorro Topete

(she/they)

Programme Intern

Socorro is a community human rights activist, and Master of Human Rights Graduate from the University of Minnesota (2023). Her disciplinary focus of study is carcerality...
Photo of ISHR intern Socorro Topete

Socorro Topete

(she/they)

Programme Intern

Socorro is a community human rights activist, and Master of Human Rights Graduate from the University of Minnesota (2023). Her disciplinary focus of study is carcerality, race, and justice. Socorro began her fellowship with Research In Action(RIA) as an Ida B. Wells Fellow and Assistant Project Manager in 2023. Socorro’s life philosophy is “Nothing about them, without them”.

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.