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Feb. 21, 2007

Students Interested In Human Rights Internships Invited To Feb. 27 Meeting

Students interested in exploring human rights internships are invited to an informational meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the International Commons, Room 1117 of University Capitol Centre, inside Old Capitol Town Centre.

The UI Center for Human Rights is accepting applications for the 2007 Kenneth J. Cmiel Human Rights Funded Internship Program. The program is open to UI undergraduate, graduate and professional students who wish to further their understanding of international human rights issues. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. April 15.

The informational session is designed for students interested in applying to the program Students are welcome to attend to learn more about how to find an eligible internship or how to complete the application materials.

The Cmiel Human Rights Funded Internship Program provides up to $2,500 toward travel and living expenses for students who have secured a summer internship with a local, national or international non-governmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights-related advocacy, research or education. All current UI undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will be enrolled in a degree program at UI the semester following their internship are eligible to apply.

The program is named after Cmiel, the late director of the UICHR, who died unexpectedly in February 2006 as a result of an inoperable brain tumor. Establishment of the internships program in 2005 was the fulfillment of a longtime goal for Cmiel.

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or uichr@uiowa.edu.

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa and beyond.

The UICHR is a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026, joe-nugent@uiowa.edu; Program: Amy Weismann, 319-335-0483, amy-weismann@uiowa.edu; Writer: Julia LaBua