Reprieve Australia Internship


United States of America


Anytime (minimum of 3 months)

Number of places:

Maximum of three students per year

Applications Due:

Applications accepted all year. However if applying for program between Nov-Feb, applications must be in by the end of second week of September.

Organisation profile

Reprieve Australia was launched in 2001 and is the sister organisation of the international human rights charity Reprieve UK and the more recently formed Reprieve US.

Reprieve Australia places interns in capital defence and associated offices in the southern United States for periods of three months or more at a time to assist inmates on death row. Through the Monash Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, a number of Monash students have been involved in the Reprieve program, placed in offices around Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and Mississippi.

Monash Law eligibility criteria

  • be enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (or any Bachelor of Laws double degree) or Postgraduate coursework degree in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and have at least one unit of their law degree to complete at the end of the internship program;
  • at the time of the internship have completed at least one full time equivalent year of law (48 credit points) and have achieved a minimum distinction (70%) average across their law studies;
  • have the ability to complete the internship without compromising law studies or examination periods.
  • be available on return to commit to marketing and promotional activities, including future use of profiles and reports in marketing material.

Reprieve Australia eligibility criteria

  • A strong commitment to the abolition of the death penalty
  • Maturity and independence
  • Initiative
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Skills in interpersonal relations
  • Organisation skills
  • Driver’s licence
  • Computer skills

More information about Reprieve Australia and the role of an intern (PDF, 0.05 MB)

Application process

You must apply for this internship directly through Reprieve Australia (see instructions below for faculty funding application process).

The internship program is only available to members of Reprieve Australia. You must join the organisation before making an intern application (student membership is AUD $20 per year).

For more information go to the Reprieve internship website or apply directly to Your application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A sample of research writing
  • Letter explaining your interest in an internship at a capital defence office and addressing the above eligibility criteria

Applicants will then be contacted by Reprieve Australia for an initial interview in Australia.

After this interview, in the event the applicant is found suitable, all documentation concerning the applicant including a report from the Reprieve Australia interviewer, will be forwarded to the intern coordinator in the United States who will then interview the candidate by telephone before making a final decision on suitability. Candidates may be interviewed more than once before a suitable placement is found.

NOTE: Applicantions being made for Nov - Feb summer holiday period need to be in by the end of second week of September. You can however, apply to Reprieve anytime of year. Some students may chose to intermit studies to particpate.

Visa information

You will need a US visa to participate in the program. Participants in the Reprieve Australia internships program are entitled to a business visa as members of an organisation providing a volunteer, charitable work program.

Reprieve Australia will provide supporting documentation. The cost of obtaining the visa is under $AUD200 and obtaining the visa is the sole responsibility of the internship applicant.

USA Business Visa Application (DS-156 Form)

Estimated costs

Information on estimated costs

Credit for your degree

Monash Law students who undertake a three month (or longer) internship at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre (and its related non-profit law offices) can make use of Monash Abroad’s support services, if they are completing the internship as part of their Bachelor of Laws.

Reprieve interns can enrol into a six point research unit which will count towards your degree. Enrolling in the research unit may assist in receiving funding from Monash Abroad.

Students should consider the option of completing the research unit when planning their load prior to, and upon completion of the internship. There may be effects upon calculation of marks/averages for Honours admission – students are advised to check all relevant guidelines carefully.

The above unit does not need to be completed while in the US. Students should explain the situation to their intended supervisor, (referring them to speak with Melissa Castan). It is likely that supervisors will allow enrolment at a suitable period upon return from the internship.

Further information

If you would like further information about this internship please contact either the:

Senior Student Programs Officer (International and Internships) on


Ms Melissa Castan, Deputy Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law on

Internship application forms

USA Business visa application (DS-156 Form)
Internship report form (PDF, 0.04 MB)

Other useful information