International internship programs and organisations

Below is a list of international organisations offering internship programs.


Advocacy Forum-Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal. Advocacy Forum (AF) is a leading non-profit, non-governmental organization working to promote the rule of law and uphold international human rights standards in Nepal.  Since its establishment in 2001, AF has been at the forefront of human rights advocacy and actively confronting the deeply entrenched culture of impunity in Nepal.

AF provides opportunities (both paid and unpaid) to both national and international students to work as volunteers/interns. Most interns will work for 3-6 months in a designated department (subject to extension). They are supervised by a staff member and undertake various work determined by the abilities of the interns and the needs of the organization.

For further information, please visit: Advocacy Forum-Nepal: Internships


Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance

Cairo, Egypt. Africa and Middle East Assistance (AMERA) was founded as a UK Charity in January 2003 (registered Charity No. 1098788) to provide pro bono legal aid for refugees in countries where such services are non-existent or limited and where legal representation might assist them in actualizing their rights. Refugees often live in appalling conditions and with little protection from host states.

AMERA'S internship program offers interns hands on exposure to a range of refugee and human rights issues. Through their work at AMERA, interns will gain a deeper knowledge of the UN and OAU Refugee Conventions, the UNHCR and its related bodies, and will also have an opportunity to develop their research, advocacy and organisational skills.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on AMERA for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance


Amazon Defense Coalition

Quito, Ecuador. The Amazon Defense Coalition (Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia - "FDA") is a part of a regional, national and global struggle for environmental and collective rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It consists of a group of Amazonian grassroots organizations and communities who have joined to defend and sustain peoples and environment through unification of their forces and the integration of the entire Ecuadorian Amazon. It is currently involved in litigation against Chevron Oil in an Ecuadorian court for its devastating pollution and contamination of the Amazon region which affected 30,000 indigenous rainforest residents. The case is potentially the biggest environmental litigation ever brought against a multi-national corporation and involves a number of human rights and tort claims in an effort to secure a remedy for human rights abuse victims.

Intern duties will likely involve preparing documents relating to final judgment and possible appeals, as well as exploring enforcement actions in other countries. Additionally further actions are being contemplated and interns may be involved in the investigation and research into these areas. The internship is sure to provide students with hands on experience in the issues involved in litigating such human rights violations.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on ADC for reports from past interns.

For further information, visit Amazon Defense Coalition (Spanish) and its website about the Chevron lawsuit.


Amnesty International

International Secretariat (Beirut, Dakar, Geneva, Hong Kong, Kampala, London, Moscow, New York, and Paris). Amnesty International's Legal and International Organizations Program has an internship programme available. Interns are generally recruited for a four to six month period, to carry out administrative- and project-related work within the Media and Audio Visual, International Law Organization, Policy and Evaluation, Americas and International Fundraising programmes. These internships are full time and voluntary. Internship roles at the International Secretariat are unpaid. We will, however, cover up to £6.50 per day for travel expenses (subject to receipt) and £4.50 per day for lunch expenses on the days you volunteer in your team.

The aim of the Program is to provide work opportunities in an international campaigning human rights organisation for individuals who want to gain experience in the field of international human rights work. A background in law (particularly human rights law) or international relations to a graduate level is essential. Some knowledge of international human rights law or practice and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) experience would be an advantage. Please note that administrative tasks are an integral element of the work and much of our work is computerised and interns must be willing to be trained to work with the available technology.  A very good level of written and spoken English is required for interns in all locations. A fluent level of written and spoken French is also required for Geneva. 

For further information, please visit: Amnesty Australia and Amnesty International.


Australian Volunteers International

International. AVI manages a range of development programs. All of these are based on placing people into organisations or projects to exchange skills and thereby develop the capacity of local staff, institutions and communities. AVI volunteers will be placed overseas in response to a request for specific skills. Volunteers will be working for a local organisation that delivers services to a community in the country of assignment. Assignments are in line with Australian aid program strategies. The assignment will include staff training and networking, and will assist the host organisation to extend and improve its services.

Volunteers will have ongoing support: volunteers receive return airfares, a living allowance and health and travel insurance. AVI will help volunteers organise and pay for accommodation, and provides on-the-ground support during your assignment. Assignments run from three months to two years: Most of our assignments are long term (18-24 months) because this time period enables volunteers to settle into a host community and see volunteers' work in action. We also have a few shorter assignments (3-12 months) that focus on specific projects.

For further information, please visit: Australian Volunteers International.


Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development

International. The Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program (AYAD) places skilled young Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents, aged 18-30, on short-term assignments of between 3-12 months, in developing countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The program offers young people a wonderful opportunity to contribute to development while at the same time learning about other cultures. Youth Ambassadors work with Australian organisations and their overseas counterparts in a broad range of areas that include health, environment, rural development, gender, governance, justice, education and infrastructure development.

Youth Ambassadors use their skills and expertise to actively contribute to international development. They gain an increased understanding of the development needs of our neighbouring countries and broaden their experience by living and working in a cross-cultural environment.

For further information, please visit: Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development


Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Clinical Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE)

Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Each year Bridges Across Borders Cambodia welcomes several legal education interns as part of the Legal Studies Program offered by partner organization BABSEA Community Legal Education Initiative. Since 2004 the BABSEA CLE Legal Studies Externship Program has placed interns, or collaborative, with more than 25 access to justice related organizations and institutions throughout the region. The program emphasizes a number of key areas related to both helping others to achieve access to justice and personal social justice development. They include: community legal education, research, curriculum development, community service, cross-cultural collaboration, and self-reflection. During the approximate 12-week experience, activities include a variety of community based legal education teachings, service projects with local & rural communities and many educational events & cultural experiences. The interns will be given the opportunity to work and interact with the BABSEA CLE international community legal education team as well as local lawyers, legal educators and community organizations in the Southeast Asia region.

Interns will work a minimum of 40 hours per week and complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer community service. In addition to airfare and other living costs, participants must pay a $3,000 administrative fee.

For further information, please visit: BABSEA CLE International Externship Clinic


Center for Constitutional Rights

New York, Louisiana, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organisation committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. The Center runs the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program that is designed to provide students in their first and second years of law school with training in movement lawyering and advocacy, and to immerse them in a summer of social justice seminars, skills trainings, and other related events.  The goal of the program is to train the next generation of social justice lawyers.

During the summer, law students have the opportunity to intern at one of three CCR work sites. These opportunities include performing casework in our New York City office; working with our partners at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana; or doing legal and field advocacy work with our partners at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At each site, students work with a team of lawyers on a range of pressing legal issues, conduct legal research and writing on active CCR cases and/or supporting advocacy efforts in CCR-related issue areas. Students also have the opportunity to work with CCR or partner staff on various campaigns and projects during the summer. In Haiti, the students will take an immersion course in Kreyol and work on advocacy-based, on-the-ground assistance with BAI and their Haiti-based grassroots partners.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on CCR for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: Center for Constitutional Rights Ella Baker Summer Internship Program


Center for Justice and International Law

Washington, DC, USA San José, Costa Rica Río de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) was founded in 1991 by a group of prominent Latin American human rights activists who believed that few local human rights groups had access to the necessary resources and knowledge to monitor and protest abuses within the inter-American system. In a response to this problem, CEJIL was created to focus exclusively on litigation within the inter-American system: defending victims and assisting activists with the presentation of cases, training others in the effective use of the system, and producing publications to keep the inter-American human rights community up to date with the latest precedents and actions of the system.

CEJIL's internship program is primarily directed at students and graduates who wish to have more practical experience in the field of human rights to complement their academic and professional training. CEJIL aims to provide broad and realistic knowledge of the functioning of the Inter-American System as well as the human rights situation in the hemisphere. CEJIL requires interns to commit full-time for a period of at least three months. Although CEJIL will consider applicants who do not meet these requirements, CEJIL will give priority to those who do. Although it is possible to apply to more than one office, each handles its selection process independently. Internships are unpaid.

For further information, please visit: Internships at CEJIL.


Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Johannesburg, South Africa. The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) was founded by Professor John Dugard in 1978 as an applied research centre within the Faculty of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. It started at a time when public interest law groups did not exist in South Africa with three staff members, core funding from the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the provision of accommodation and financial assistance by the University of the Witwatersrand.

Based on experience and interest in human rights, each year CALS hosts a number of unpaid volunteers/interns. Interns are placed according to their abilities and interests, as well as our needs. They contribute meaningfully to socio-legal research, paralegal community work and public impact litigation in the fields of socio-economic rights and gender equality.

For further information, please visit: Centre for Applied Legal Studies Internships/Volunteers


Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions

International. The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit human rights organisation. COHRE is registered in the Netherlands, and coordinates its global activities from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the leading international human rights organisation campaigning for the protection of housing rights and the prevention of forced evictions. COHRE's main office and International Secretariat is located in Geneva (Switzerland). COHRE also has offices in Porto Alegre (Brazil), Duluth (US), Accra (Ghana), Melbourne (Australia), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

COHRE regularly offers 1-3 month internships at each of its offices for undergraduate, graduate and law students from any country. Due to the high volume of requests entry to the programme is competitive. If you would like to learn more about COHRE's internship programme or find out what's involved in applying, please contact

For further information, please visit: Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions


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The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Denmark. The Human Rights and Business Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights is devoted to maximizing the positive contribution of business in realizing rights and minimizing negative business impacts on human rights. The team is composed of experts, senior advisers, and analysts and the work benefits from and builds on an extensive network of business and human rights organisations and actors. To promote good corporate human rights practices, the department engages in cutting-edge research, developing tools, training materials and advice for multinational companies, with a strong focus on implementation and impact. The department also engages in partnerships with a wide range of human rights organisations and institutions working across the human rights and business field.

The department is looking for a number of interns to join the department in the spring semester of 2012 for periods of 4-6 months. Interns will be involved in background research on human rights topics and business sectors, advisory services to businesses, development of the Human Rights Compliance Assessment (a comprehensive risk assessment tool for businesses), following developments in the human rights and business field, and development of new projects. The internship programme ensures that interns are exposed to a number of topics and tools within the human rights field. The position is un-paid.

For further information, please visit: Interns for Human Rights & Business


Global Youth Connect: Human Rights Delegations

International. Global Youth Connect develops and implements programs that are supporting and inspiring the passions and lives of youth and helping to create change on a wide variety of human rights and social justice issues around the world. Over the past decade, GYC has organized 26 human rights training programs serving more than 625 young people around the world, including youth leaders from 15 different countries and has ambitious plans to deepen and expand this work.  We have evidence provided by many of the young people we've worked with that, among them, they have taken what they've learned and helped to improve the lives of thousands of people in their respective communities worldwide.

Program tuition varies depending on location.

For further information, please visit: Global Youth Connect


Human Rights Advocacy Centre (Accra, Ghana)

The Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC) is a not-for-profit, independent, non-partisan, research and advocacy organization set up to advance and protect human rights in Ghana. Established in 2008, the HRAC is an organisation situated in the Greater Accra region that operates across Ghana. The mandate of the HRAC is to deal with these issues by providing free legal assistance to needy individuals, communities, vulnerable groups, Most-Risk-Populations and institutions.

The Centre offers internship and volunteering opportunities to Ghanaian and international students throughout the year. The challenging environment at the HRAC provides an opportunity for interns to gain practical experience and knowledge in human rights work, to have an insight into the Ghanaian criminal justice system, and to make their own contribution to the protection of human rights in Ghana and the rest of the world.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on HRAC for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: Volunteering at Human Rights Advocacy Centre.


Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national advocacy organization working for the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. The HRC lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to candidates and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting GLBT Americans, including workplace, family, discrimination and health issues.

HRC appoints up to four full-time (37.5 hours/week) or part-time (12 hours/week) Law Fellows for the spring and fall semesters and four full-time summer Law Fellows. Law Fellows work with HRC attorneys, outside counsel with major national law firms, lobbyists, and organizational allies and congressional and White House staff members on legislative, regulatory and internal corporate matters. Practice areas include constitutional, contract, criminal, education, employment, disability, family, benefits, tax, health care, immigration, intellectual property, media, military and real estate law. Fellows undertake projects involving sophisticated legal research and writing, analysis and drafting of legislation and administrative regulations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and national coalition work.

HRC also offers internships in one of 20 program areas, ranging from political to development, communications to educating Americans. Interns are hired on a rolling basis.

For further information, please visit: McCleary Law Fellows Program and Human Rights Campaign Internships.


Human Rights First

Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. It advocates for change at the highest levels of national and international policymaking, seeks justice through the courts and seeks to raise awareness and understanding through the media.

HRF has several summer internship programs in New York and Washington DC. The New York summer internship program may be applied for through the Castan Centre or independently. Human Rights First welcomes a limited number of interns throughout the year. Positions are often available in our five program areas as well as other departments. During the summer most interns work full-time. Internships are open to undergraduate, graduate and law school students and recent graduates. Interns engage in a variety of substantive ongoing projects. Human Rights First is located in New York City. 

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on HRC for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: Human Rights First.


Human Rights Watch

International. Human Rights Watch investigates human rights abuses and seeks to promote human rights worldwide. Founded in 1978, Human Rights Watch has come to be known for its impartial and reliable human rights reporting, innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and success in affecting the human rights-related policies of the U.S. and other influential governments.

HRW offers two fellowships to recent graduates: the Alan R. And Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship and the Arthur Koenig Fellowship. The Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. The Arthur Koenig Fellowship is designed to help bring talented people from disadvantaged economic backgrounds into the human rights movement. It is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level or above) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered for both fellowships.

Additionally, HRW offers internship opportunities in many of their offices. Internship descriptions vary but may include conducting research, drafting documents, translating, helping researchers prepare for missions, monitoring human rights developments in various countries, and engaging in advocacy efforts aimed at curtailing human rights violations. Internships are generally unpaid. HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights.

For further information, please visit: HRW Fellowships and HRW Internships.


International Criminal Law Services

The Hague, Netherlands. ICLS is an independent organisation. It was created by a group of lawyers with extensive experience in the fields of international criminal, humanitarian and human-rights law, judicial reform, the rule of law and transitional justice, gained while working for or with various national, regional, international and non-governmental organisations.

ICLS offers two internships positions. ICLS works in a decentralised and project based manner and interns will be required to work independently with little supervision. The interns will be based in ICLS' office in The Hague which is part of an NGO community with other NGOs and interns in the same building. While the interns will be alone in the ICLS office at times, the ICLS supervisors would be in daily contact. ICLS staff will also ensure that the global interns are connected with sufficient and relevant people within the building. In addition to carrying out legal research work, the interns will attend relevant meetings and conferences in The Hague, including proceedings at the ICC and ICTY. Please note, due to the limited administrative staff at ICLS, the Global Interns will be responsible for organising their own visas, accommodation and other travel arrangements.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on ICLS for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: International Criminal Law Services


International Commission of Jurists (Geneva)

Geneva, Switzerland. The International Commission of Jurists is dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights. What distinguishes the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is its impartial, objective and authoritative legal approach to the protection and promotion of human rights through the rule of law. The ICJ provides legal expertise at both the international and national levels to ensure that developments in international law adhere to human rights principles and that international standards are implemented at the national level.

ICJ Interns work at the international secretariat in Geneva in the Economic Social and Cultural (ESC) Rights group. The intern should have a genuine interest in working on ESC rights and will provide support to the program with research on ESC rights jurisprudence in different countries and jurisdictions, as well as help elaborating a guide for practitioners. In addition, the intern will help finalise a curriculum for training workshops with lawyers and judges on the justiciability of ESC rights and access to justice for victims of violations. The ICJ prefers interns who can commit to a full 6 month placement (though will accept a qualified student for 4 months), and skills in Spanish or French is an asset though not necessary.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on ICJ for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: International Commission of Jurists.


International Committee of the Red Cross

Geneva, Switzerland. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence. The ICRC has a permanent mandate under international law to take impartial action for prisoners, the wounded and sick, and civilians affected by conflict. With its HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, the ICRC is based in around 80 countries and has a total of more than 12,000 staff. In situations of conflict the ICRC coordinates the response by national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and their International Federation. The ICRC is at the origin of both the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement and of international humanitarian law, notably the Geneva Conventions.

Trainees at the Legal Division undertake a variety of assignments, including carrying out research and writing project briefs on specific legal questions primarily related to IHL, both in French and in English. They also review legal documents, contribute to the preparation of meetings, prepare draft reports or minutes of meetings and give presentations on IHL to groups visiting the ICRC.

Note: The ICRC's Legal Division is offering six paid internships for a period of one year at its headquarters in Geneva. The start dates vary, with four of the selected interns scheduled to begin in September/October 2012, and the other two in January 2013. Applications should be submitted between the 3rd and the 30th of April 2012. Any applications submitted outside of this period will not be considered.  From April 3rd, an e-mail address will be posted online, to which all applications should be submitted. The selection process will take place between May and June 2012.

For further information, please visit: International Committee of the Red Cross.


International Institute of Humanitarian Law

The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is an independent, non-profit humanitarian organisation founded in 1970. Its headquarters are situated in Villa Ormond, Sanremo (Italy). The main purpose of the Institute is to promote international humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law and related issues.

The Institute offers prospective interns the opportunity of spending a period of time dedicated to the assistance in the preparation of its activities. Considering the resources available in the Institute in Sanremo and the strategic position of its Liaison Office in Geneva, internship proves to be fruitful and constructive for graduates and post-graduates interested in the fields of international humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law, migration law, international relations and all related disciplines.

For further information, please visit: International Institute of Humanitarian Law


International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism

Geneva, Switzerland. The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) is an international non-profit, non-governmental human rights organization devoted to eliminating discrimination and racism, forging international solidarity among discriminated minorities and advancing the international human rights system. Founded in 1988 by one of Japan's largest minorities, the Buraku people, IMADR has grown to be a global network of concerned individuals and minority groups with regional committees and partners in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. IMADR's International Secretariat is based in Japan and maintains a UN liaison office in Geneva. IMADR is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

IMADR offers internships at its Geneva Office on an occasional basis in relation to relevant UN events and conferences in Geneva. More detailed and updated information on internship possibility will be posted at IMADR website (Activities & Notices). Through an internship at IMADR Geneva Office interns will participate in UN meetings, events and conferences, familiarise themselves with UN Human Rights mechanisms, and get experience in advocacy, lobbying NGO work with the UN and more.

For further information, please visit: International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism


International Service for Human Rights Voluntary Internship Program

Geneva, Switzerland; New York. The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) is an international non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, at the heart of the United Nations human rights system, with a small branch office in New York. Founded more than 25 years ago, the ISHR has established itself in supporting and facilitating the work of human rights defenders with the United Nations human rights system and regional human rights systems.

ISHR recruits all year long and interns participate in ISHR's work in both Geneva and New York.

ISHR internships offer you a unique opportunity to learn about the workings of the international human rights system and the functioning of human rights NGOs. An internship will increase your understanding of current human rights issues at the international, regional and national levels. It will also enable you to develop your skills and behavioural competencies for future employment in the human rights sector.

For further information, please visit: ISHR Internships


International Women's Rights Action Watch - Asia Pacific

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Geneva, Switzerland. International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific is an international women's human rights organisation. Since 1993, the IWRAW-AP has worked to contribute to the progressive interpretation and realisation of the human rights of women through the lens of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international human rights treaties.

IWRAW Asia Pacific's unpaid internship programme offers successful applicants exposure to a range of women's human rights issues and knowledge on CEDAW and related treaty bodies. Interns will also be able to gain research, advocacy and/or organising skills. In general, the intern is expected to contribute to areas of work relevant to the objectives and strategies of the organization. This may involve the intern developing position papers on various issues relating to women's rights; undertaking research, collation and analysis of cases and principles; and contributing to trainings/meetings/consultations in various ways.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on IWRAW-AP for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: IWRAW-AP Internship Programme


Israel Democracy Institute

Jerusalem, Israel. IDI is an independent, non-partisan "Think-and-Do Tank" that devises ways to strengthen the moral and structural foundations of Israeli democracy. While Israel's policymakers are consumed by crisis management, the Institute sets the nation's best minds to work on the long-term challenges facing the State in realms such as Political Reform, National Security, Religion and State, and Constitutional Law.

IDI offers a small number of exciting internship opportunities for exceptional candidates with an undergraduate, graduate or professional background. The program provides a unique opportunity to work with IDI scholars and staff on policy proposals aimed at strengthening Israeli democracy. Interns spend a minimum of six weeks in residence at the Institute in Jerusalem, in the course of which they participate fully in the daily life of IDI. Although interns typically choose to spend their summer at IDI, the program is open year-round. Proficiency in both English and Hebrew is preferred but not required. Please note that at present we are not in a position to offer funding to interns.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on Israel Democracy Institute for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: Internships at IDI


Lawyers for Human Rights: South Africa

South Africa. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is an independent human rights organisation with a thirty-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of the South African society. To this end, it provides free legal services to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities, both non-national and South African, who are victims of unlawful infringements of their Constitutional rights.

Applications for volunteer positions and internships are welcomed. Forward a cover letter and curriculum vitae indicating your interests. Send applications to the Internship Coordinator: Pierre Sebakwiye at

For a first hand account of interning in the Durban office of LHR, check out the reports written by Global Interns Neda Monshat and Jess Malin.

For more information, please visit: Lawyers for Human Rights.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Program on Human Rights and Justice Fellowships

Massachusetts. PHRJ is the first human rights and justice program in a top-ranked University that is primarily oriented towards science and technology and the first in the world with a specific focus on the human rights and justice aspects of economic, scientific and technological developments.  It is also one of the first academic programs in the United States to broaden its scope from human rights to justice.

This program is aimed at outstanding professionals, academics and activists working at the intersection of human rights and other topics, who wish to conduct in-depth research into specific topics of social and natural sciences and engineering as they relate to human rights and justice issues. Proposals for human rights research relating to the global economy and science and technology are especially welcome. Applicants from developing countries, women applicants and those working with disadvantaged and minority communities and social movements are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be provided with facilities at MIT.

For further information, please visit: MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice Research Fellowship


Moiwana Human Rights Organization: Suriname

Suriname. Moiwana offers the possibility of internships based in Suriname for students studying human rights. The organisation was founded in May 1988 as a result of the massacre in Moiwana village during the interior war (civil strife) between the army of Suriname and the former Jungle Commando. Moiwana is a human rights organisation aimed at the promotion of the observance of international standards of all human rights, in particular civil and political rights.

For further information, please visit:


Plan Australia, Haiti

Haiti. Plan International Australia is part of a global development agency that works to promote child rights and reduce poverty. Plan's global network employs 8000 staff and 60,000 volunteers in over 60 countries. The new Graduate Intern Program engages graduates in the experience of working in the international development sector, within an innovative, creative and a dynamic organisation.

Plan's Graduate Intern Program allows graduates to experience firsthand what it's like to work in international development, and helps build their capacity to contribute to the sector at a professional level. The program provides opportunities for interns to take part in project design, implementation and evaluation activities. It encompasses a professional training element to provide interns with a strong foundation for professional work in the sector. Knowledge-sharing is an important aspect of the program, where interns collaborate on a group project and participate in regular feedback sessions. Plan internships run for 6-12 months. Interns work full time depending on departmental needs. There may be opportunities for overseas placements for some of the intern positions.

This internship is part of Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's annual Global Internship Program. Visit Castan Centre Global Internship Program for application details and the Global Internship Program page on Plan Australia for reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: Plan Australia Internships.


Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Sweden. The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is an independent academic institution. The mission of the Institute is to promote universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law by means of research, academic education, dissemination and institutional development. The vision of the Institute is to be a centre of excellence in all fields of operation, contributing to the development of societies based on a human rights culture.

The objective of the Internship Programme of the Department for International Programmes is to give university students and recent graduates with a special interest in human rights issues the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the practical human rights work conducted by RWI in order to complement academic studies in the field and to gain practical work experience. The internship period will generally be for 3-4 months but in exceptional cases shorter periods might be considered. The programme is full time, five days a week during office hours. Unfortunately the institute has no possibility to offer paid internships or scholarships.

For further information, please visit: RWI Internship Programme


Reprieve Australia (USA)

Reprieve Australia works against the death penalty.  It aims to provide effective legal representation and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty, to advocate against the death penalty and to raise awareness about human rights. Established in Melbourne, Australia in May 2001, Reprieve Australia conducts volunteer programs at home and abroad, including sending Australians to defend clients facing the death penalty.  It also produces a newsletter and news updates, conducts awareness raising events and works with other organisations which fight against the death penalty. Through the overseas program, Reprieve Australia places members in the United States as volunteer interns to help in the provision of adequate legal representation and humanitarian assistance to indigent defendants facing the death penalty.

Experience of a 2001 Reprieve Intern with the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre

For further information, please visit: Castan Centre page on the Reprieve Australia Internship Program, Sir Rupert Hamer Fellowship, Reprieve Australia Volunteers


Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights

Washington, DC. The RFK CENTER's core programs focus on the power of the individual, working through alliances and organizations, to generate change. The RFK PARTNERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS bolster the efficacy of human rights defenders through sustained, strategic partnerships, extending their reach to legislators, diplomats, international institutions, and corporations. RFK SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER educates students and the public about human rights issues and provides the tools for creating change in their communities; RFK COMPASS convenes the financial community to advance a discussion of the connections among investment performance, fiduciary duty, and public interest issues to optimize risk-adjusted rates of returns and address current and future global challenges. Through its offices in Florence, Italy, RFK EUROPE extends its human rights education and advocacy programs across Europe, raising awareness and igniting change.

Applicants to the Advocacy Internship in must have completed at least one year of law school or graduate school and have a demonstrated interest in human rights. Research experience or demonstrated interest in the following areas is helpful: comparative law research, international LGBTI rights, sub-Saharan Africa, and/or US foreign policy. Ability in one of the following languages is helpful, but not required: Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, or Spanish. Please note that internships are unpaid.

For further information, please visit: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Justice and Human Rights.


South African Legal Aid Board

South Africa. Legal Aid South Africa is an autonomous body established by the Legal Aid Act (Act 22 of 1969) and the Legal Aid Act (Act 20 of 1969). The objective of Legal Aid South Africa is to render or make available legal representation to indigent persons at State expense as contemplated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996), which affords every citizen access to justice.

Please visit the Castan Centre's Global Internship Program page on the South African Legal Aid Board to find reports from past interns.

For further information, please visit: South African Legal Aid Board.


The Carter Center

Atlanta, Georgia. The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University,  is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Atlanta-based Center has helped to improve the quality of life for people in more than 70 countries.

Interns have the opportunity to work for Carter Center programs that contribute to their mission. Carter Center interns make vital contributions to the Center's work. In turn, The Carter Center provides a substantive learning experience that serves as a basis for interns to explore their career options and to develop professional skills. Internships are offered during three sessions per year to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates (graduated in the past 24 months). Prospective interns are those who have demonstrated superior academic ability and who have coursework, professional or personal experience, and career interests related to Carter Center programs. Interns are required to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week, although many choose to work up to 40 hours a week.

For further information, please visit: Carter Centre Internship Program.


The Edmund Rice Centre

International. The Edmund Rice Centre is involved in a range of projects and activities across the four areas of its operation in research, community education, advocacy and networking. The Centre's objectives are to:

  • Conduct and encourage research into the causes of poverty and inequity in society, especially with regard to youth and Indigenous Australians.
  • Promote teaching that supports awareness, understanding and action in the areas of justice and community issues.
  • Promote experiential learning activities through organised and reflective immersion programs in Australia and internationally.
  • Encourage the development of skills in advocacy and social action.
  • Facilitate liaison and networking opportunities amongst agencies involved in social justice and community education activities.

The Centre offers an Asia Pacific Human Rights Internship Program in association with Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Internships will normally occur annually between late September and the end of February. It is sometimes possible to arrange internships at other times of year depending on the needs of both participants and partner agencies. Placements are normally for three months.

For further information, please visit: Edmund Rice Centre Asia Pacific Human Rights Internship Program.


The International Justice Project

Washington, DC. The International Justice Project works towards the development, coordination and increased employment of international law and human rights standards as they pertain to capital punishment.

The International Justice Project (IJP) Externship Programme offers a hands-on experience for students from around the world to immerse themselves in the interdisciplinary realities of capital punishment research. Externships are flexibly arranged depending upon externs preferences and Project requirements; 12 weeks is the recommended minimum. Any less and the extern will not be in a position to serve as a fully-productive team-member or see self-initiated projects through to fruition. The IJP accepts applications on a rolling basis.

For further information, please visit: International Justice Project Externship Programme.


Vital Voices Global Partnership

International. Vital Voices Global Partnership is a non-governmental organisation that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. The Partnership's programs have a strong focus on combating human trafficking, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and all forms of violence against women and girls.

Vital Voices Global Partnership offers internships in the fall, spring and summer for undergraduate, advanced students and recent graduates interested in gaining practical experience in public policy at an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of women's rights and democracies worldwide. Interns may participate in a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing meetings and events that support the goals of the program they are working with.

For further information, please visit: Vital Voices Global Partnership Internships.


World Organization for Human Rights USA

For over ten years, Human Rights USA has taken the lead in promoting human rights compliance and preventing torture in the United States. Our approach to human rights litigation is creative, flexible, and non-bureaucratic. We act as first responders, quickly and effectively addressing emerging human rights concerns. Our long and successful track record of seeking application of universal human rights principles in U.S. legal proceedings has earned us the position as the lead litigator for international human rights in the U.S., and as the primary provider of back-up legal assistance in these issues.

Human Rights USA welcomes applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer internships from law students seeking dynamic, fast-paced, and deeply fulfilling work in a small human rights litigation firm. Interns play a key role in our organization and are given responsibility accordingly, working on very substantial projects and making major contributions to the court complaints and legal briefs we file. All of our current staff members began their careers at Human Rights USA as law student interns.

For further information, please visit: World Organization for Human Rights USA Internships.