Students at a school in Africa listen to a talk about basic rights given by a student doing a Human Rights internship abroad.

Law and Human Rights Internships Abroad

Learn about legal services, human rights, and social justice in challenging environments

A Law & Human Rights internship with Projects Abroad will challenge you and help you realize your potential. You'll get direct insight into global legal practices and and human rights issues. You'll learn from experienced professionals in real-world situations.

Sometimes we take our human rights and access to legal advice for granted. There are many people around the world who do not have access to these rights; whose voices are not heard and causes are not championed. As an intern, you can work with a local organization to change this.

You can provide legal aid to those who really need it. Or, you can help protect human rights and bring about change in the community where you work. Choose to work in local law firms, charities, or NGOs. You can specialize in corporate law, human rights work, or campaigns for social justice.

An internship with Projects Abroad will give you hands-on work experience you might not have access to back home. If you’re a teen exploring law as a potential career, you can join a High School Special trip. Or, if you’re an undergraduate putting together your resume for law school, an internship will help yours stand out from the rest.

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Legal clinic in session in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town
Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
  • From $3,780 CAD
The office for Projects Abroad's Human Rights internships in Mongolia.
Human Rights Internship in Mongolia
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
  • From $3,675 CAD
A student speaks to a local man during a campaign on her Human Rights internship in Argentina.
Human Rights Internship in Argentina
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
  • From $2,795 CAD
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Is a Human Rights or Law internship abroad right for me?

A Law & Human Rights Internship with Projects Abroad is a good option if you’re pursuing a career in this area. You'll learn about the challenges people face everyday, and what can be done to help. At the same time, you'll build your practical legal knowledge and skills by working with professionals.

You’ll work in an environment supported by professional lawyers, campaigners, and Projects Abroad staff. You could find yourself working on social justice campaigns to bring about change around challenging issues. Your day-to-day tasks might include:

  • Research
  • Case reviews
  • Shadowing staff
  • Delivering presentations

You’ll get to know the local community, including the challenges it faces. You’ll develop a better understanding of the cultures within another country,  including the issues it faces and it’s legal system.

If you’d like a project that’s a bit broader than law or human rights, you could choose one of our International Development or Social Work Internships. Read our full list of projects for internships abroad.

Local women listen to a presentation about human rights on one of our Law internships abroad.

What are the benefits of a Law & Human Rights internship?

An internship will give you the skills you need for your future career. This could mean taking the next step in your education, like going from a undergraduate degree to law school. Your work experience will be great to talk about in your resume and in interviews.

Here are just some of the benefits our previous interns talk about:

  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Legal expertise in your chosen subject area
  • Developing a global mindset, from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

What sets Projects Abroad’s Law & Human Rights internships apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Our internships are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:

Dedicated staff support

Throughout your internship, you’ll work alongside legal and social professionals. You can observe their daily work and ask questions to learn as much as possible. The tasks you take might stretch and challenge you, but that will only strengthen you, and you’ll have our staff support at all times. Take this opportunity to learn through doing under the guidance of qualified experts.

Projects that make a difference

All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to sustainably impact the communities we work in. So, you can have the full confidence knowing your work is worthwhile, and positively impacts on the lives of others.

A Projects Abroad staff member guides an intern during an interview on one of our legal internships abroad.

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