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Jacob Bogart, an OSU senior majoring in French and Globalization Studies, was selected for a rare opportunity this autumn – a Human Rights Watch internship at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
A native of West Chester, Ohio, located near Cincinnati, Bogart truly appreciates being selected as this opportunity is usually reserved for graduate students. His professor, Dr. Terri Bucci, associate professor of Educational Theory and Practice at OSU Mansfield, had encouraged his application.
Bogart’s internship is part of the Human Rights Watch Advocacy division. He recently attended the United Nations Human Rights Council where he monitored and reported on resolutions considered by the group.
He is also in the process of writing a 20-page report on North Korea for the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“I’ve been surprised by how much autonomy and responsibility I have been given despite being an intern,” said Bogart. “Since Geneva is such an international city, I have not experienced much of a culture shock.”
Bogart recommends that students apply for any programs they can, as they never know where they might be accepted. His approval for this internship was something he never envisioned a few years ago.