Impact Area: Community
Affiliation: Faculty

Subsidizes candidates for the masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies toward interning at service-action organizations worldwide.

$2,026 Raised out of $6,000
27 Funders
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What does your Campaign do?

Help our graduate students take action on behalf of the marginalized and vulnerable in distressed regions of the world!

Do you think slavery ended with the Civil War? Actually some 20 million people are enslaved in our world today.

Give to KeanLift to help combat this and other atrocities by sending our students to work as unpaid interns at organizations that fight to protect human lives around the world. Even $5 will help us pay the living expenses of our students who have the heart but not the wallet to do these jobs. Monies will help pay their rent and food for six weeks at places like the International Rescue Committee and the United Nation’s War Criminals Documentation Center. 


The cause couldn’t be more urgent. We have consummated agreements with human rights organizations, mostly in the New York City metropolitan area, working to protect children and their families from politically motivated mass assault. Contribute to the Genocide Awareness Internship Fund and raise the standard of human rights work by sending deserving graduate students to these exceptional organizations:


Advocacy Project/Peace Fellows

Helps marginalized groups around the world by partnering with advocates who emerge directly from their own communities to produce and disseminate critical information.


American Friends Service Committee

AFSC is a Quaker organization that welcomes interns from all backgrounds to promote lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights, it nurtures the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.


International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. Domestically, its 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

The United Nations's War Criminals Documentation Center

The ICC Legal Tools Database, a project of the United Nations’s Centre for International Law, Research, and Policy, has made available virtually all of the unrestricted records of the United Nations War Crimes Commission. These documents shed light on the origins of international criminal law and prepares the ground for war crimes trials.


US Holocaust Memorial Museum's International Tracing Service

The ITS creates and organizes records of some 17 million people who were victims, survivors, or perpetrators of the Holocaust.


Our interns are graduate degree candidates possessing considerable global expertise in human rights theory and practice within the contexts of human deprivation and mortal danger. Interns will be enrolled in the Field Work and Internship Seminar, a course in Kean University’s Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program, and will  utilize the program's own internship handbook for social entrepreneurship.


Help launch this exceptional internship program adjacent to the world’s premiere human rights organizations at the world’s center of human rights activity, the New York City metropolitan area. Contribute to the Genocide Awareness Internship Fund. WE APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY

What is the issue you're addressing?

Kean University’s Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies is training the next generation of human rights leaders. Your support is vital. Human rights organizations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) do not compensate interns. But compensation is necessary for two reasons: First, interns who are supported financially recognize the higher expectations that come with support. Second, even a modest stipend will enable students, otherwise dependent on jobs for income, to take part in this special opportunity.


The time for human rights internships is now. The need is certainly great, but the commitment of men and women in their twenties are considerable and growing stronger. It is well documented that millennials are looking for a dynamic academic experience. Our masters degree program is responding with a commitment of our own to combine scholarship with activism. Your support gives these motivated graduate students that chance to devote their energies to urgent social causes. Second, an internship program for graduate students within the contexts of academic inquiry and professional supervision is the perfect platform for launching promising careers in the growing human rights sector. Your support will create careers in enterprising fields that are helping the world’s marginalized peoples in distressed regions gain a measure of self-sufficiency and human dignity.


How will you use the funding that you gain from KeanLift?

Each $600 stipend will provide interns with local travel support, a per diem allowance, and a subsidy to relieve students from full-time work for the duration of their internship experience. Every $600 will therefore enable a graduate student enrolled in the Field Work and Internship Seminar to take part in a human rights enterprise that will strengthen the organization, help the most vulnerable in distressed regions of the world, and quite possibly launch exceptional careers. Our goal of $6000 will support 10 graduate students distributed across the New York City metropolitan area and beyond.

Dennis Klein
Project Director
Sue Gronewold
Project Adviser
Melodie Toby
Project Adviser
Tim Chin
Project Adviser
Ilyse Shainbrown
Adviser to HGS Genocide Awarenes

About Dennis Klein

Dennis Klein is Director of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program and Professor of History at Kean University. "Nothing is more rewarding than experiential learning."

About Sue Gronewold

Sue Gronewold is Professor of History and an Asian Studies expert who teaches the HGS course on genocide in Asia. Dr. Gronewold knows the Non-Government Organization (NGO) social justice world.

About Melodie Toby

Melodie Toby is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Kean University. Dr. Toby is an advocate on campus for global economic justice. The right stuff!

About Tim Chin

Tim is a degree candidate in the HGS program. He interned at the UN on the Case Matrix Network project and loved the experience. Tim is an adviser to the HGS Genocide Awareness Initiative project.

About Ilyse Shainbrown

Ilyse is a degree candidate in the HGS program. She interned at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and is an adviser to the HGS Genocide Awareness Initiative project. She is inspired by the internship's career possibilities.

March 5, 2014 - Empowering Our Future

Thank you to all of those who have contributed thus far. Special thanks to Jeff Beck and our Anonymous donor for supporting this important cause. The Genocide Awareness Internship Fund is about empowering our future to stand up against the injustice and cruelty of holocaust and genocide globally. With your help we support the future of human rights. 

March 31, 2014 - Genocide Awareness Month

Let's kick off Genocide Awareness Month by showing our support for students who are fighting to end the atrocities of genocide and holocaust. $5 or more can help a student make  huge difference. Tell you family and friends about the Genocide Awareness Internship fund because the fight for human rights is a team effort. 

Click here for a list of Genocide Awareness Month events.

Also thank you to Joseph Moran and all others for contributing to a great cause.

March 3, 2014 - Thanks

Hey, thanks to Susan Gannon, Robin Landa, and Melodie Toby for your valuable support. You are setting a wonderful example!

March 27, 2014 - MAHGS Information Session

Come to our information session Sunday, March 30 12:30-3:00pm on East Campus. Learn more about the Master of the Arts Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Kean University. For more information check out our calendar or contact: Dr. Dennis Klein

Also thank you to our anonymous donor your support is greatly appreciated.

March 24, 2014 - Genocide Awareness Month

Genocide Awareness Month is just around the corner. Throughout the month of April we had a line up of powerful and educational events. In addition to attending our events please support our Genocide Awareness Internship Fund by contributing to our great cause and spreading the word. You can help combat the  atrocities of Holocaust and Genocide by supporting our students. 

Thank you again.

March 21, 2014 - Helping Students Make a Difference

Thank you to Rebecca Scott and Pat Winters Lauro. You are aiding in the fight against human rights by supporting our students. 

See how your contribution can help Holocaust and Genocide Students

March 20, 2014 - We Can Do It

We are making great progress and it because of you! Let's keep up the great work by spreading the word and getting everyone behind this great campaign. Thank you to Jeffrey Toney and Audrey Kelly for you support.

March 2, 2014 - Off to the Races

Interns to Human Rights organizations, with a depth of talent and commitment exhibited by Kean's candidates for the masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, deserve support for the sake of NGOs, participating graduate students who serve them, and ultimately the marginalized in distressed regions of the world, including our own country.

March 18, 2014 - One Goal Reached!

Thanks to a strong early response to the internship campaign, we reached one significant goal - donations to date that will now support one of our students this summer! Let's multiply the contributions so that we can support all 10 of our deserving degree candidates and the human rights agencies that will supervise them in performing exceptional work on behalf of so many in need of our support. - Dennis K.

March 16, 2014 - Thank You

Thank you Tonya S. Hall for her support!

March 14, 2014 - April is Genocide Awareness Month!

Our Genocide Awareness Internship Fund campaign coincides with Kean University's Genocide Awareness Month (April 1-30), so this is the perfect time to support our interns and assure that genocide awareness lasts longer than a month! For information about our events in April, visit
Dennis Klein (director, Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Kean University)

March 14, 2014 - Many, many thanks

Many thanks to our funders who are supporting a great and surely far-reaching project!
Dennis Klein

March 13, 2014 - Keep the Ball Rolling

Let's keep up the great momentum for this campaign! The students in the Master of the Arts Holocaust and Genocide program at Kean University need your support! The fight for human rights is a battle we all must endure. With your help our students will be involved in internships that will help them make a real life difference. Your support is so grately appreciated.

March 12, 2014 - Making Progress

We are making great progress and it is thanks to each of you! Lets keep up the success! Jennifer Lerner thank you for your contribution. 

March 10, 2014 - Showing Our Appreciation

We would like to give a special thanks to Felice K. Vazqeuz for supporting our students and helping them make a difference. 

April 9, 2014 - 7 Days Left

Only 7 more days left for the Genocide Awareness Internship Fund. There is still time to help our students in the effort for justice and equality. Just $5 can make a huge difference in the lives of those suffering through genocide. Don't wait the future of human rights starts with the decisions we make today. 
Thank you to Ruth Griffith for your support!

April 4, 2014 - Great News

Great News! The Genocide Awareness Internship Fund has reached another important milestone! We have nearly raised enough money to help three graduate students pay for living expenses while they intern at various human rights organizations. Let's keep up the great work by spreading the word and getting others involved.

Thank you to The Graduate and Part Time Student Council and Melodie Toby for their great support. 
Thank you to all of our supporters! 

April 17, 2014 - Thank You

Thank you to Sue Gronewold, Timothy Chin, Michael T McGauley Jr., Suzanne Bousquet and our anonymous donor for their support! We are truly appreciative.

April 17, 2014 - We Did It!

The Genocide Awareness Fundraiser has come to an end. With your help we raised over $2000. We would like to give our sincerest thanks to all the people who supported our cause. Your contribution will help our students pair up with human rights organizations who combat the atrocities of genocide. Thank you!

April 11, 2014 - Let's Finish Strong!

The Genocide Awareness Internship Fund is making remarkable progress! We have raised enough money to help several of our students intern at prestigous human rights institutions. With only 5 days left every contribution can help. Spread the word and invite everyone you know to participate in this life changing human rights cause. The Genocide Awareness Internship Fund is in the Tower and Cougar's Byte and you can read more about the fund raiser through there. 

Don't forget the Month of April is Genocide Awareness Month at Kean. All month we are hosting events to shed light on the oppression and tyranny of Holocaust and Genocide globally.

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the campaign. Special thanks to Carla Lord, Ruth Griffith, Marcel Fulop, Donald Marks and Edward Johnston. 

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