Engineering Students Benefit from Cmiel Human Rights Internships

Friday, May 11, 2012

Two College of Engineering students will participate in the Bridges to Properity project in Jucuapa Occidental, Nicaragua, thanks  to the Kenneth J. Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program, administered by the UI Center for Human Rights.

They are Ethan Gingerich and Adrianna Jarosz, both undergraduate students.

Program funds cover travel and living expenses for students who have secured an internship with a local, national, or international nongovernmental organization or governmental agency engaged in human rights-related advocacy, research, or education.

Cmiel, for whom the award is named, was an educator committed to human rights both locally and globally. Cmiel was a professor of history and American studies and was the director of the UI Center for Human Rights until he died suddenly in 2006. He served as chair of the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2003.

In 2004, he was appointed director of the UI Center for Human Rights in International Programs, a nationally recognized model for cooperative work between the academic and human rights communities. Cmiel was dedicated to encouraging students to pursue employment and work in the field of human rights around the globe. He initiated the Human Rights Internship Program within the Center for Human Rights and spent countless hours with students, discussing the possibilities of meaningful work to promote a more just and caring world community.

For more information about these students’ specific projects or the Cmiel Funded Human Rights Internship Program, visit