DHRC/PICS/Perseus Strategies International Human Rights Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding LSA undergraduate at the University of Michigan for a research and service internship at Perseus Strategies LLC in Washington, D.C. This fellowship is administered jointly by the Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) and the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) in collaboration with Perseus Strategies and its managing director, the renowned international human rights lawyer, Jared Genser. As the 2019 International Human Rights Fellow, Hannah Pierce interned at Perseus Strategies this summer.

"My fellowship in Washington D.C. was instrumental in preparing me for a career in human rights, as it allowed me to go beyond the scope of the Michigan classroom, apply my knowledge and work experience, and become a part of the solutions I’ve learned about. During my time at Perseus, I was astonished by the both the amount and the importance of the work that I did, from drafting House of Representative resolutions, contributing to “white paper” reports, or attending meetings on Capitol Hill. Additionally, I gained valuable insight while networking and meeting people from all different careers, helping me to gain a better understanding of the complex political world. With the experience, I hope to utilize my newly acquired skills to make tangible change after graduation and ultimately make an impact in the world."  

Hannah is a senior, pursuing a dual degree in International and Comparative Studies with a focus in International Security, Norms and Cooperation and Political Science. At the University of Michigan, Hannah was appointed to President Schlissel’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights and was the President of the U-M Undergraduate Political Science Association. Additionally, she is a selected member of the Michigan Foreign Policy Council. She has also interned for U.S. Congresswoman Deborah Dingell.