Rosenfield Program

The Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights prepares students for a lifetime of civic engagement and connects the Grinnell community to the broader social and political issues that define the world beyond Grinnell. The program enriches the College curriculum by bringing distinguished scholars, public servants, and commentators to campus. Other initiatives include funding student internships and sponsoring study tours. Rosenfield Program activities contribute to Grinnell’s tradition of social responsibility and help to build a lively academic community that links Grinnell students to the world.

A Note from the Director

Barbara Trish
Barbara Trish, director

2022–23 has been an active year for the Rosenfield Program. We’ve hosted symposia on Title IX and Climate Change, traveled to D.C. for a week-long Spring-Break Study Tour, and facilitated many conversations — across a variety of formats and venues — on pressing issues and political developments. We’re pleased to have awarded Grinnell students with grants to support summer internships. And for the first time ever, we’ve awarded a Courts Fellowship, in collaboration with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Thanks to everyone — our program committee and the entire Grinnell College community, near and far — for making the year a success.

Check out the Events page for programming as it firms up — and the Funding page about program resources available to the College community. 

If you would like to receive emails about Rosenfield events, you can join our announcement list by sending an email. You can also check us out on Facebook or Twitter.

Barbara Trish, Director

Rosenfield Program Brochure (PDF)


The Rosenfield Program funds students whose internships fall under the program’s mission areas of public affairs, international relations, and human rights. Take a look at the students who received our support in past summers. And you won’t want to miss the 2023 internship presentations on Sept. 5.

Department Information


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1205 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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