For details of current internships which an organisation has requested be advertised to KLS students/graduates please see https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/klsemployability/pupillages-training-contracts/internships/
Please note: This is not currently a complete listing – instead of creating a new post everytime I come across an internship I shall simply update this post. So, do keep visiting if you are seriously looking for an internship.
The following NGO’s, charities and other bodies all offer internships which may be of interest to law graduates. Some are legal in nature but others may use your legal skills and/or knowledge in other ways.
Follow the links to see the full details of the internships – be aware, that some organisations may only post the information on their website when the application process goes ‘live’. This means that there may be no information for part of the year and you will need to keep revisiting if you are interested. However, most of the organisations will have some kind of social media/email sign up which will alert you to the positions when then do, indeed, ‘go live’.
WHEN TO APPLY
Each internship will be different. Many are likely to have a closing date of January in your final year. Some will be earlier. Many accept applications from May in your penultimate year of study. So, research in year 2, draft your applications during your final summer and make the actual application as you return for your final year.
- The International Labour Office: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/pers/vacancy/intern.htm#q2
- Government Legal Service – www.gls.gov.uk
- Human Rights Watch – http://www.hrw.org/about/volunteering
- Reprieve – www.reprieve.org.uk
- European Patent Office – http://www.epo.org/about-us/jobs/vacancies/internships/graduates.html
- International Bar Association – http://www.ibanet.org/Education_and_Internships/Legal_Internship_Programme.aspx
- Amicus – Assisting Lawyers for Justice on Death Row in the USA. They recruit interns from the UK. http://www.amicus-alj.org/about_amicus/who_we_are.php
- Policy Exchange – for anyone interested in policy – http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/people/recruitment
- European Human Rights Advocacy Centre
- International Law Institute – http://www.ili.org/opportunites/internships.html
- ClientEarth Outstanding environmental law NGO, which works by taking on winnable environmental cases
- RSPB Large organisation with broad environmental remit. Undertakes a lot of environmental policy work. Watch this space. We are in negotiations with RSPB for places especially for Kent Students
- Friends of the Earth Large activist environmental NGO. Has a Canterbury branch
- Liberty High profile organisation promoting human rights and civil liberties in the UK
- Justice NGO working on human rights, criminal justice, EU law, and access to justice.
- Human Rights Watch NGO working on human rights, with a strong international focus.
- The Howard League for Penal Reform No ongoing internship programme, but individual internships advertised from time to time.
- UNHCR has a range of internships which last for 6 months in central London. The internship offers a stipend of 1,000 dollars a month. A Kent alumna undertaking the Legal Protection internship reported that “it’s a great opportunity to attend events with UNHCR, it exposes you to many barristers and charities and you get involved with various interesting tasks, including intervention cases”.
- United Nations
- International Criminal Court Located in the Hague, this is the most desired of positions in international criminal law. Competition for places is very high, but the rewards are also high
- United Nation Assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in International Criminal Law. It requires travel to Cambodia, and is not paid in any way, but the experience is outstanding.
- University Humanitarian Law research centre (CRDH) (password “pourvous”) For Francophone students, this is a useful website which collates various internship opportunities.
And….those which we know do not offer internships but may offer an alternative (usually volunteering):
- Law Commision – http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/ – “We do not run our own intern scheme, although we advertise annually for fixed-term, paid Research Assistants.”
- The Free Representation Unit – www.thefru.net – volunteering positions.
- Human Rights Watch – http://www.hrw.org/about/volunteering – as a volunteer you may be translating documents.
- Law Centres – http://www.lawcentres.oi-dev.org/ – all these centres are in London