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Bangalore Mediation Centre Internship, Bangalore, India

Students selected for this internship will have the program fees covered in their entirety by the Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award.

The Program

The Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC) Summer Internship is an eight-week learning immersion experience hosted at one of India’s most dynamic legal institutions, located in Bangalore (capital of the state of Karnataka), in southern India. The Centre was founded in 2007 as an initiative of the High Court of Karnataka, aimed at enhancing timely access to justice through the practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of ADR in a developing country context through daily involvement with the activities of the Centre.

Applicants must be full-time students at the University of Connecticut. The internship is open annually to ONE undergraduate student and ONE law student from the University of Connecticut.  While no previous study of human rights is required, priority will be given to undergraduate students involved in the Human Rights Minor or Human Rights Major; priority will also be given to a UConn Law Student involved in the study of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

This is a fully funded summer internship, coordinated by the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute and supported by the Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award. Roundtrip air travel, local lodging and living expenses are covered during the six-week internship period for students selected.

The internship formally runs from June 1 to July 31, 2014.

For more information on this program, please contact Professor Samuel Martinez at samuel.martinez@uconn.edu.

To learn more about the Human Rights Institute here at UConn consult http://www.humanrights.uconn.edu.

In addition to completing the UConn Study Abroad application, you must also meet with Professor Samuel Martinez  before the deadline.

The Academics

Interns are expected to engage in daily on-site activities at the Bangalore Mediation Centre for the duration of the internship, under the direct supervision of senior staff of the BMC.

Undergraduate students are required to work full-time at the BMC during their eight-week internship. Undergraduate students will receive up to 6 units of academic credit for the experience.  Upon satisfactory completion of the internship and supporting material, students will receive credit for: HRTS 4291, Service Learning Seminar/Internship and HRTS 3293, Foreign Study.

Law Students are required to work full-time at the BMC over the course of the eight-week internship.  In accordance with other public interest externships at the Law School, the BMC internship is not eligible for course credit.  However, a Law student wishing to receive credit, may register for a Special Research Project (SRP) and write a paper related to the BMC experience, supervised by Dr. Richard Wilson.  The cost for the SRP credits would be funded by the Victor Schacter Rule of Law Award ’64.

The Experience

Bangalore is a dynamic city of 5.8 million people, often referred to as the heart of India’s “Silicon Valley” because of its booming high-tech industry. The city’s pleasant climate, lively intellectual and commercial scene, varied Southern Indian cuisine, close proximity to cultural sites including the temple city of Mysore as well as some of India’s foremost eco-tourism sites just further south — all make it a popular destination for Western travelers.

Interns will live and work in metropolitan Bangalore, housed in a two-bedroom apartment adjacent to the Casa Piccola guest complex (http://www.casapiccola.com/casapiccola/eng/index.aspx), owned and managed by Casa Piccola. There is easy access to hotel dining on site and a variety of local restaurants. The apartment provided for students is fully equipped with a kitchen, on-site internet access, and daily cleaning service; laundry service is provided. Ground transportation (i.e., taxis) is readily available within yards of the apartment; the Bangalore Mediation Centre is an easy 15 minute commute from Casa Piccola.