Leadership Development

Become a human rights leader in your community

It’s so much more than an internship. Our Leadership Development Program invests in your success and prepares you for a future of working on human trafficking and other human rights issues.

You will be a critical part of our team and gain experience in areas such as advocacy, awareness building, organizational leadership, volunteer management, fundraising, and research.

Become a human rights leader in your community

How LCHT internships work

This program is for you if you want to learn how to become a sustainable leader in anti-trafficking, human rights work, or a parallel movement.

Participants complete a minimum of 150 hours in one of three sessions: Spring (February-April), Summer (June-August), or Fall (September-November). Yearlong internships may be considered in some cases.

We encourage academic and non-academic applicants in all career and life stages. There is no requirement for academic credit.

Leadership Development Program internships are unpaid, but needs-based scholarships are available!

What our program alumni are saying

“I recently completed an internship at The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT) and I am beyond grateful to have learned so much with an experienced and caring staff! They use evidence-based and trauma-informed practices to drive their work. They are dedicated to making a difference in anti-trafficking and helping break down the stigmas associated with human trafficking.I am very appreciative of the work that they do and their approach to a difficult issue.”
Siraaj S.

2022 LCHT Intern

“LCHT has shown me what true partnership means. Human rights work can only move forward through collaboration and trusting relationships. I have learned that there is room for love, self-care, support, and trust even when you are working to combat such a terrible crime.”
Natcha S.

2022 LCHT Intern

“I entered LCHT’s Leadership Development Program to learn more about how law enforcement can be better leveraged to identify survivors and bring traffickers to justice. We all can do our part to affect change, beginning with educating ourselves about what trafficking is, how it happens, and what we can do to stop it. My work with LCHT has been instrumental in my education about this systemic issue.”
Danny T.

2022 LCHT Intern

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