Human Rights Internships in Mongolia
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Role: To assist in many aspects of work at a human rights organization
- Types of Placement: Human Rights organizations
- Requirements: Interns need to have some human rights or law experience
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Projects Abroad is offering students and graduates with an interest in human rights the opportunity to gain international experience in the intriguing city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Here you will live and work in close proximity to the city centre, but your walk to work will take you past a patchwork blanket of different habitations, from large tower blocks to tented 'Ger' districts.
All of our Human Rights interns in Mongolia need to have some experience in the field of human rights or law. Most of our interns are part way through a law degree or have completed their studies and are interested in gaining practical work experience in a human rights organization abroad. A Human Rights internship in Mongolia will be a valuable addition to your resume in this notoriously competitive profession, and will give you some fantastic experiences to talk about in an interview.
We work with a number of different organizations in the field of human rights. These organizations operate in fields that are constantly developing, as Mongolia undergoes rapid change to keep up with the rest of the world. Less than two decades ago the country was run by a government whose policies were closely aligned to the Communist model. The legal framework in place was based on that of the former Soviet Union, but when that came to an end in 1990 so too did the old Mongolian system. A new democratic state and constitution was established two years later.
As one of the smaller world economies, and due to the vast area the country covers compared to its population, the Mongolian legal system was based on customary law, and was initially slow to develop. In recent years however, this increasingly outward-looking country is now bringing about considerable and fundamental changes and you have a chance to be involved in this process.
Interning on a Human Rights Internship in Mongolia
As an intern on the Human Rights placement, your work will mainly involve research, focusing on issues such as women's rights, domestic violence, child protection, and sexism in the work place. You may also have the chance to spend several days attending training sessions in rural areas.
We work with organizations such as the National Centre Against Violence, where interns will focus on rights including human dignity, security, and sovereignty. With this organization, you will be involved in a variety of programs such as child protection, local community development, and legal reform in Mongolia.
We also work with a local NGO that promotes civic education and social well-being. At this placement, you will focus on research work, organize training, and participate in advocacy work.
Human Rights interns also concentrate on issues like combating human trafficking and you may be able to work with the Centre for Human Rights and Development on various human rights advocacy programs.
Did you know? Some of the biggest Human Rights issues in Mongolia include: police misconduct, widespread corruption, and a lack of transparency in government affairs. As a result, there is increased emphasis on how civil society and NGO’s can assist as impartial observers to try combat this.
During your placement you may get the opportunity to organize and teach English classes, although this will not be your main role.
You may also be able to work with Amnesty International, a worldwide movement of people who campaign for human rights.
While you’re in Mongolia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Nomad Project in Mongolia page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.
Although it is not required for you to speak Mongolian to volunteer in Mongolia, learning a few basics is always helpful. You can also choose to do the Mongolian Language Course before or during your placement.