Law & Human Rights Internships in Africa
A law and human rights internship abroad in Africa is a wonderful way to work on legislation and make a difference in other people’s lives while getting invaluable international work experience. For individuals on a gap year, studying law or a human rights related area at university, or wanting a career break that will broaden their horizons, a Projects Abroad law or human rights internship in Africa offers a unique cross-cultural exchange that will enhance your résumé and increase your prospects within these highly competitive fields. Whether you are interested in working at a law firm or a human rights organization, a variety of opportunities are available in Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Togo.
Working as a Law and Human Rights Intern in Africa– What Can I Expect?
As a law and human rights intern in Africa, you will be placed in either a law firm or a human rights organization and play a key role in the daily work of your placement company. From working with immigrant and refugee rights at Projects Abroad’s Human Rights Office in Cape Town, South Africa to researching case precedents alongside lawyers in Casablanca, Morocco, internships offer the opportunity to put together a unique portfolio work. For most countries and positions, interns are required to have a concrete background in the law and human rights fields, or significant previous work experience in order to participate in the internship. Interns are usually required to work 40 hours per week, and can anticipate a wide range of tasks and responsibilities throughout their internship. Additionally, law and human rights interns in Ghana and South Africa will be expected to be proficient in both verbal and written English, while those in Morocco, Senegal and Togo will be expected to be proficient in verbal and written French.
Your input at African law firms and human rights organizations will be greatly encouraged and appreciated. Take the opportunity to make your own recommendations, or explain practices back home. Your adaptability and willingness to learn will be appreciated by your colleagues, enabling you to truly engage yourself as an active member of the team.