Choose a Law & Human Rights Project
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Take a Gap Semester Abroad in East AfricaSee this project
- Fixed dates throughout the year
- Anyone aged 18-22 can join
- From 6 weeks
- From $7,995 CAD
Law and Human Rights Internship in South AfricaSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 2 weeks
- From $3,780 CAD
Human Rights Internship in MongoliaSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 4 weeks
- From $3,675 CAD
Is a Human Rights or Legal Internship Abroad right for me?
Curious about whether our programs are a good fit for you? If you tick one or more of the options below, then the answer is yes!
- You’re interested in exploring what the profession’s really like before you commit to law school
- You’re looking for internship experience that will help your law school application stand out from the crowd
- You’re seeking an exciting - and international - twist on the typical opportunities available for law students
- You’re a graduate or professional wanting to get experience on a more global level and use your skills to support those in need
You can also join if you’re simply wanting to better understand legal, human rights, and social issues in developing countries. Contemplating taking a gap year before law school? Read our blog to get more ideas on how you can make the most of taking time off before law school.
Our law internships and human rights internships are open to people of all backgrounds and skill levels. To join a project, all you need to do is check that you meet the requirements, and fill in the application form. Our Project Experts are here to assist if you need help finding internship opportunities that match your goals.
On our internships for pre-law and law students abroad, you can:
- Help provide legal aid to people who really need it
- Work in a local law firm or with an NGO
- Choose to specialize in areas like corporate law
On our Human Rights internship programs, you can:
- Help protect human rights and campaign for change
- Work with organizations like charities or NGOs
- Choose to specialize in areas like human rights law or social justice campaigns
"I never expected the incredible opportunities that I was about to have while working at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO). I learned more in my month of interning then I ever could have imagined. It was the first time in my life I felt like I was doing tangible work, and at the same time, I was actually touching the lives of people." - Emily D, Law & Human Rights in South Africa
What kind of internships are good for law school?
Our pre-law internships abroad and human rights internships for undergraduates are centered around experiential learning in a well-supported environment, so you don’t need previous experience to join the majority of our projects. You’ll work alongside professional lawyers, campaigners, and Projects Abroad staff to do research, review cases, and deliver presentations. You can also work on social justice campaigns to raise awareness of and create change around challenging issues, like domestic violence, refugee and migrant rights, and unfair labor practices.
Adding global work experience to your resume will boost your application for law school, and give you fascinating points to talk about in essays and interviews. Want to know which of our programs would be the best internship for your law school application? Contact our Project Experts for advice tailored to your exact requirements and interests.
Human Rights and Law Summer Internships Abroad
Most of our programs run throughout the year, so we can easily accommodate anyone looking for a summer legal internship abroad. Flexi Trips are ideal for undergraduates and law students alike during the long summer break, and graduates and professionals may prefer to join outside of the busy summer season.
Applying for a last minute internship? Read our blog about volunteering abroad on short notice, and what you need to do.
What do you learn from a Law internship?
A law internship abroad gives you skills that prepare you for the next stage of education and career. Living and working overseas also exposes you to different experiences and challenges you won’t encounter in North America, so you’ll learn unique lessons.
Here are just some of the benefits that our previous Law & Human Rights interns talk about:
- Global competencies like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management.
- Learn about legal systems and practices different to what you would find in North America.
- The ability to work and empathize with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
- Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.
All of the above will enhance your resume and your personal development.
"I had done pro bono legal work in the past and thought the Human Rights Project would be an excellent opportunity to expand my professional work experience, improve my linguistic abilities, and develop my understanding of another culture." - Aoife F, Human Rights in Argentina
How are our Law & Human Rights internships different?
At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your internship is ethical and well supported. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internship programs:
Be fully supported by staff
At all of our projects you’ll work alongside professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions, and hear more about their experiences. You’ll be given tasks that stretch and challenge you, but you’ll be supported to ensure you get real results. This is an incredible opportunity for experiential education, while being mentored by experts.
Projects that have an impact
All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term. Your internship is an opportunity to genuinely make an impact on the lives of others.
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