Undoubtedly one of the most unique countries in the world geographically, culturally and socio-economically, Nepal boasts a proud prehistoric civilization. Pristinely renowned for the diverse culture, ethnicity and linguistic variances, it has established itself as a prominent prospect of tourism and social research. Lots of political transitions in past recent decades have made Nepal a major center of attention in its human rights approach. Nepal has a staggering medieval history of politics and civilization. Not to forget, on an aftermath of calamities and scarcity Nepal has become a prime destination for anthropological, political research and human rights studies. 

Foreign students of graduate, masters, post graduate or PhD degree levels who are willing to write their thesis or independent study in these issues related to Nepal will find this program just suitable. 


In between the battle of power and dominance amongst legal authorities and the government, human rights of general people may have time and again been suppressed knowingly or unknowingly. In situations like these, human rights research and internship in Nepal can play an important role in social transformation and development. Many legal provisions unfriendly towards human-rights need to be researched and studied upon. Students enrolled in college and universities will be provided assistance in strengthening the research techniques and thesis writing.

Working as an intern/volunteer for one of the human rights and social organizations can also be a productive option. The duties for those could be:

-Fund raising

-Proposal writing

-To develop public relation with Other INGs and NGOs

-To assist writing for research work

-To assist to prepare documents in English Language

-Teaching English language to the staffs

-Help in administrative works

For more information on intern responsibilities, click here. 


No language requirements. Nepali language classes are offered as part of the program. 


Interns will be living with a host family provided by the organization. 


  • Full program costs available here
  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • Travel Expenses


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.