March 26, 2006

CCE Career Panels: Human Rights; International Development

Posted in internships and jobs at 11:20 pm by cuenv-main

The fine folks at CCE are having some career panels. First is about careers in human rights:

Come to this panel to hear professionals in the field discuss their current jobs and career paths. Panelists will speak about what it is like to work in various areas of human rights, including international human rights law, related international development issues, and human rights consulting. For further information regarding this event, please contact Katherine Jo by sending email to

Next, international development careers:

If you’ve ever contemplated a career in international development this is the opportunity to hear from professionals in the field. Find out about career opportunities and what it’s like to work for development agencies. Representatives from United Nations agencies and from private not-for-profit development organizations will address their career paths, entry points, and expected competencies. Bring your questions!

Both events are “full” according to the CCE site. Now, we all know that people don’t show up for these things, but plan accordingly.



  1. Aditi Sriram said,

    Hello all,

    I was fortunate enough to attend the Human Rights Career Panel, and it was quite incredible. All 5 panelists have extensive and impressive backgrounds, academically and in the field, and probably speak 20 different languages between them. They were very open to questions and sharing, and I managed to get 3 of their email addresses. Email them if you have specific questions — they’ll never know if you weren’t ACTUALLY at the talk:

    Sara Rakita –
    Jehanne Henry –
    Bede Sheppard –

  2. Aditi Sriram said,

    PS: Here are their bios:

    Sara Rakita

    Sara Rakita is a freelance consultant specializing in human rights and
    African affairs. She is currently consulting at the Ford Foundation, where
    she is helping to establish TrustAfrica, an exciting new African grant
    making foundation dedicated to supporting creative solutions to the
    continent’s most pressing challenges. In the past, she worked
    extensively on human rights, transitional justice! and the rule of law in
    the Great Lakes region of Africa. She has worked in numerous African
    countries, including two years as the representative of Human Rights Watch
    in Rwanda, and has also spent time in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of
    Congo, Ethiopia, and Uganda among other places. She holds a law degree
    from NYU and a master of international affairs from Columbia University.
    She speaks fluent French and proficient Spanish and Russian.

    Jehanne Henry

    Jehanne Henry has been involved in overseas work since undergraduate days
    at Columbia College (CC ’93, Philosophy), when she spent summers in
    Latin America with Amigos de las Americas. Following graduation, she lived
    in Egypt for two years, working at the American University in Cairo and
    writing about development issues for a monthly magazine. Upon return to
    the U.S. she continued to work in journalism and attended law school at
    the University of Texas School of Law, where she was active in the public
    interest law association and spent summers working against the death
    penalty and at the ACLU. Also while in law school, she was an editor of
    the Texas International Law Journal and was selected to spend 6 months
    assisting the prosecutors office at the International War Crimes Tribunal
    for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Holland. She clerked for a federal
    judge in New York and gained admission to the New York Bar before going
    overseas again to work for the American Refugee Committee in Kosovo, the
    United Nations Mission in Kosovo, and for USAID in Cambodia..

    Bede Sheppard

    Bede Sheppard is currently working in the Asia Division of Human Rights
    Watch, as the Leonard H. Sandler Fellow, a fellowship for recent Columbia
    Law School graduates. At present, he is working on the issue of forced
    evictions and land acquisition in Indonesia, and counter-terrorism
    legislation in Australia. During his first summer at law school at
    Columbia, Bede completed a three month internship with the Human Rights
    Clinic at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This Open Society
    Institute-supported project trains student members in human rights
    fundamentals and advocacy skills. During law school he also interned
    within the legal protection unit of the United Nations’ Refugee
    Agency (UNHCR) office in Tehran, Iran. Prior to law school, Bede worked
    for 15 months with UNHCR in Croatia as an associate field officer,
    conducting field surveys and investigations to monitor and evaluate
    repatriation and reconstruction programs. Bede has an undergraduate degree
    in Politics from Harvard, and a Masters degree from the Fletcher School of
    Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he studied international
    migration and refugee studies, and development economics.

  3. Monim Elgak said,

    I would like to get more insights from Jehanne on her recent engagment on human rights work in Sudan.

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