Finding a new approach to summer work abroad

Every summer, the Chayes International Public Service Fellowships provide a group of HLS students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition. In keeping with the Fellowship’s mandate, almost all of their placements take place abroad.

Inevitably, the coronavirus pandemic has led to many changes. In addition to adjusting to remote learning and settling into new living situations, the 2020 Chayes Fellows have all found it necessary to re-examine their summer plans, consider alternatives, and find ways to still engage in substantive legal work with an international focus.

In a Q&A on Harvard Law Today, two of the Fellows — Chetna Beriwala (left) and Krupa Patel (right — discuss the changes, and challenges, in their plans.

(Photos courtesy of Chetna Beriwala and Krupa Patel)