Human Rights Internships
Have a passion for helping others? Looking for a career in human rights? Human Rights is a very rewarding area to work in, but getting into employment in this area can be tough. This is where an internship can really help improve your career prospects.
Human Rights Intern Programs in the UK & Abroad
Human Rights Work Experience
Whether you are a student currently in education, a graduate or someone looking for a change in career there are placements available all year round.
There are short and long term human rights internships available to join during summer and all year round. Summer human rights internships are very popular with students so apply early to stand a good chance of being selected. If you are currently an undergraduate studying towards a human rights related degree then our placements will be fantastic for your career!
You could be working on social, economic, and political issues. You will pick up new skills and get an idea of the best practices and methods for dealing with different situations. By participanting you will get to meet new people both personally and professionally, get training and learn about different issues like advocacy, civil rights litigation, and community organizing.
One of the most rewarding aspects of these placements is helping to empower people and communities to get social change. A lot of placements are flexible and you can join for a short or long period all year round. Most internships can be fitted around studies or other commitments. Improving the rights of people and human rights records will be an incredible challenge.
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Who Can Apply
An international internship in human rights is perfect for students, graduates or anyone interested in taking a career in human rights, law, politics, social work, economics and community development.
What Types of Placements Are Available
You could apply to intern with:
- NGOs or non-profit organizations
- Governmental departments
- Community organisations
- Private companies
- Law firms
Human Rights Internships Abroad
There are lots of rewarding human rights internship programs abroad in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. You will get to live and work in a new environment, learn about issues in other countries and see how different companies handle situations. By working to protect human rights you will directly be able to make a difference and help people in need. You will take on responsibilities and contribute to cases and projects. One of the benefits of a human rights work experience placement abroad is you will get lots of free time to go sightseeing and see more of your destination.
Popular Places to Intern
There are human rights internships in the UK and abroad. Where you go really comes down to personal preference as you can join placements in Europe, North America, Australasia and all around the world. A lot of charities and international agencies arrange human rights internships in developing countries where help is most needed. Countries we recommend include Cambodia, Ghana and South Africa. These are some of the poorest countries in the world where people face challenges on a daily basis due to poor human rights records, political and social issues.
There are lots of different areas available for you to work in including children / women’s rights, indigenous rights, educational outreach, research, and legal counsel. On some internships you will work on community development and support offering information, advice, training and skills-building assistance. In some countries there are huge gender inbalance but this is where human rights organisations help through education, training and support.
Some programs we recommend include helping improve women’s empowerment using education and skills training. Some past interns have contributed to local and national educational and awareness campaigns. Some tasks can involve dealing directly with people, setting up talks, workshops and providing mentoring to people in need.
Top Reasons to Apply
- Learn from experienced staff
- Gain practical hands on experience which will look great on your CV
- Boost your career & stand out in the crowd
Paid Human Rights Internships
Looking for paid human rights internships? Some organisations provide paid human rights work experience programs, these placements can be competative so you will need to put together a good application. Sometimes you might be required to pay a fee to join some human rights internships abroad, this usually covers placements, flights, accommodation, meals and in-country support.
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