Protection Services Intern (Spring 2020)

Posted October 14, 2019

SAR seeks a detail-oriented part-time Protection Services Intern to support SAR’s core activity of helping threatened scholars resume their academic lives in safety. The intern will work with the Protection Services team, which mainly reviews and receives applications for assistance, and arranges positions of temporary academic refuge for and provides career and other advice to at-risk scholars. This position requires regular communication with all members of the Protection Services team and other SAR staff.

This internship would be based at the SAR headquarters in New York. Internships are unpaid.


Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of over 500 of higher education institutions in 39 countries whose mission is to protect threatened scholars, prevent attacks on higher education communities, and promote academic freedom. SAR provides temporary academic positions of refuge for threatened intellectuals at network member institutions, helping to save courageous voices. SAR also helps with counseling, referrals, and campaigns for scholars who are imprisoned or otherwise silenced, and conducts training, education, and advocacy to promote university values worldwide.


  • Assist with growing the visibility of SAR’s Protection Services work on social media
  • Support review of potentially at-risk individuals who are seeking SAR assistance, specifically by conducting research on human rights and academic freedom concerns in applicants’ home countries and/or individual allegations of risk
  • Draft summary materials about scholars accepted for SAR’s assistance for circulation to partners and member institutions, which are integral to a scholar’s placement
  • Research and update resources provided to SAR scholars and applicants, collecting additional referral resources, which may be of use to SAR scholars and applicants regarding legal assistance, language courses, mental health, and other identified needs
  • Manage updates to the database of contacts and records


  • Exceptional writing and editorial skills
  • Strong attention to detail, and strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international education
  • Previous research experience highly desirable
  • Knowledge of foreign languages highly desirable



Please send a resume and cover letter in a single document to with the subject line “Protection Intern [Your last name].” In your cover letter, please indicate the days and hours you would be available and your preferred start and end date. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the internship is filled. Questions can be emailed to

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