It’s 82 degrees and muggy at 8 a.m. in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s vibrant and crowded capital city. There is a steady buzz in the air as tuk-tuks and motos whiz along the street. Two Stanford undergraduate students hop out of a van as part of an international team of trial monitors.

The students – Alina Utrata and Olina Chau – along with fellow student Quito Tsui,  spent last summer interning with Stanford’s WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice in Cambodia through support from the Stanford Global Studies Internship program, which sends more than 80 students to over 20 locations around the world each summer to pursue internships in a variety of fields.

They enter the security line and proceed past the dozens, sometimes hundreds, of Cambodians who have gathered to watch the day’s proceedings. The students then settle into the media room where they will spend the day monitoring Case 002 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The ECCC was established in 2003 to try the senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge for crimes committed during their reign from 1975 to 1979, when about 2 million people are believed to have died from starvation, torture, execution and forced labor.