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Human Rights and NGO Law Internship Cape Town

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Embark on a Human Rights Law Internship in South Africa and change your life as you acquire valuable skills in your industry, impact local communities, learn about yourself, experience a new culture, make new friends and embark on many fun and adventures.

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There is a rich legal tradition in South Africa and legal scholars from across the globe admire the South African Constitution, drafted in 1994 after the end of Apartheid. At the very heart-and-soul of South Africa’s Constitution is the promotion of human rights, continuing to combat prejudice, xenophobia, gender inequality, poverty and racism in communities. During your human rights internship, you will be placed directly within this dynamic legal environment.


There are a number of organisations at which you may be placed as an intern, based on your skills and experience as each internship program is tailor made for you. Internship placements could include human rights law firms, HIV/AIDS advocacy NGOs, human rights policy centers, refugee centers, environmental law firms and government organizations.


Your role as an intern and the hands-on legal work you’ll be involved in will differ slightly from placement to placement, but could include monitoring legislation, drafting policy papers, affidavits and other legal documents, giving legal advice, assessing human rights claims, conducting research, meeting with clients and attending court cases.


You will meet many interesting people as many of our human rights law internships will give you access to individuals who have been victims of human rights abuses. You will also work directly within the communities you serve through your daily internship work as many of our best Cape Town law internship offerings are located at small grassroots NGOs that are based in the townships (low-income areas of the city). In such an internship setting, your daily work responsibilities will have a tangible impact upon the communities you are serving. You will work with a team of talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and by the end of your South African internship you will have a number of new skills to add to your resume.

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project pricing
4 - 12 Weeks: USD 1850 GBP 1276 EUR 1480

Please note a longer placement may be possible - kindly send through an enquiry for more information.

project start date

This project starts on the 1st and the 16th of every month. Please note that the internship cost is the same for 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks. Accommodation and meals are optional and charged separately. Please see the project brochure for a breakdown of costs.

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The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is a government-funded organization that is entrusted with monitoring the human rights of South Africans. While South Africa features the world’s most liberal constitution, it is the responsibility of an organization like the SAHRC to ensure that South Africans’ constitutional rights are being protected in practice.

As an intern at SAHRC, you will monitor legislation as it pertains to the interest of the SAHRC by making regular trips to the South African Parliament. You will also have the opportunity to draft policy papers on behalf of the SAHRC (provided that you have earned the trust of the staff). While working as an assistant to the human rights lawyers, you will be responsible for assessing the authenticity of each claim and identify the cases that are worth pursuing in the equality courts. This will involve direct interaction with South Africans who wish to make human rights claims, so it is important that you have prior experience interacting with members of the public in a service role (e.g., customer service, volunteer work).

Scheibert& Associates, provides professional and comprehensive services in a wide variety of legal fields, including international and local tax and estate planning, private international law, immigration law, criminal law, company and property law, insurance and general litigation and the rendering of advice on all legal matters concerning the corporate and individual client in South Africa and abroad.

As an intern with Scheibert & Associates, you will have the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of legal fields, which is invaluable experience for anyone studying or considering a career in law. The firm makes use of the latest computer and IT technology and has extensive connections abroad.

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) is a non-profit, independently funded law centre established to promote the cause of women’s rights in South Africa. The Centre strives for a vision of women in South Africa, free from violence, empowered to ensure their own reproductive and health rights, free to own their own share of property, having a safe place to stay, and empowered to work in an equal environment.
The WLC does litigation work in the areas of gender-based violence, relationship rights, land and housing, labor and health.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the WLC’s day-to-day work. This may include doing research, meeting with clients, assisting with the writing of affidavits, legal submissions, briefs, and policy papers, as well as attending court cases.

Natural Justice is a non-profit organization with three main objectives that align with those of the Convention on Biological Diversity, namely: the conservation of biological diversity; the sustainable use of the environment; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of natural resources. To carry out its aims, the organization works at community, national, and international levels.

During your human rights internship you will work on a range of projects related to the field of environmental law, advocacy, research, and policymaking. Work will be exciting and varied, and will involve hands-on legal work in addition to some fieldwork in local communities. You will gain a good sense of how laws and policies made at the national and international levels have an impact within local communities.

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Things to do with your spare time
Down Time

After work you can head off to one of the local pubs or coffee shops close to your intern accommodation, or just relax and unwind around the house, watch a movie or spend time with your fellow interns.

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Intern Activities

During the course of your internship placement regular Friday afternoon group excursions to different locations in Cape Town will be arranged.  They will include an exciting range of activities such as an afternoon barbeque in Nyanga township, various hikes to Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay and climbing Table Mountain and Lions Head for an amazing view.  

Cape town sightseeing pin it!
Cape Town Sightseeing

Cape Town offers a host of entertaining sites to explore.  You can ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus to explore this unique city, shop at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the many delicious eateries, go on a Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach and taste some of the world’s finest wines on a delectable winelands tour.

Beaches pin it!
Beaches

Enjoy surfing, kite-surfing or volleyball at one of Cape Town’s magnificent beaches, or simply soak up the sun and the beautiful view.

 

Wildlife pin it!
Wildlife

Don’t miss out on an African wildlife experience at Aquila Safari - a “Big 5” private game reserve while you are here. You can spot springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant. You can also take a boat trip to Seal Island or go shark cage diving if you are feeling brave.

 

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About Cape Town
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As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in Observatory, a suburb 7km away from Cape Town city centre. Your accommodation is centrally located to the shops and public transport is easily accessible. Obs, as it is known by the locals, has a lively atmosphere with great music, bars, restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy during your stay.

Your room will be private and furnished, however you will share toilet and other common areas such as the lounge and kitchen with fellow interns. The general atmosphere of our program housing is friendly and social and you will make some great new friends during your South African internship adventure. Meals can be provided at an extra cost, should you prefer not to cater for your own meals.

Depending on the time of year you visit, there are some great sporting events and music festivals to enjoy. Weekend markets also give you a great sense of the local culture and is the perfect opportunity to do some shopping. The benefits of your volunteering and internship work will reach far beyond what you could ever imagine. You will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights in your area of work and may even find this a very valuable journey of self discovery.

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Feedback from our volunteers
Amy Powers

When I boarded the plane for Cape Town following my second year of law school, my mind was racing. Was this the right choice for me? Would I get the legal and professional experience I truly wanted? Would Cape Town be a hard place to live? With all these questions running through my brain, it was amazing how quickly they disappeared as I set foot in Cape Town. Every worry evaporated the minute I saw the city and now I can say, without a doubt, that this trip was the best thing I have done, both professionally and personally.  I truly loved my experience in South Africa. During my internship, I worked for the South African Human Rights Commission as their international research associate. This was an amazing experience as a law student interested in international human rights because it was an opportunity to work for a UN Affiliated National Human Rights Institution. While there, I was able to attend parliamentary hearings, help draft a submission to parliament concerning disability law in SA, and continue research on torture for the yearly report that the commission publishes for the UN. The internship itself was very fulfilling; especially with the wonderful people I was able to work with. I have truly made friends for a lifetime and memories that I will cherish forever. 

Iona Wells

I don't think that I've ever quite experienced a month and a half fly by as quickly. I initially signed up for the internship to gain more work. Although I received this, my learning process here extended far beyond the field of my placement to being about travel in general, about myself, about South Africa and about confidence. It was a fantastic opportunity to embrace the novelty of being amongst, initially unfamiliar, people and places, and seize every available moment to explore a fantastic city and meet wonderful people along the way - who have given me a worldwide network of friends who I hope to stay in touch with and see again. I struggle to find a highlight of my trip given that every day was completely different and introduced me to new once-in-a-lifetime ventures and enterprises. Thank you all!

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Embark on a Human Rights Law Internship in South Africa and change your life as you acquire valuable skills in your industry, impact local communities, learn about yourself, experience a new culture, make new friends and embark on many fun and adventures.

Sports2 pin it!

There is a rich legal tradition in South Africa and legal scholars from across the globe admire the South African Constitution, drafted in 1994 after the end of Apartheid. At the very heart-and-soul of South Africa’s Constitution is the promotion of human rights, continuing to combat prejudice, xenophobia, gender inequality, poverty and racism in communities. During your human rights internship, you will be placed directly within this dynamic legal environment.


There are a number of organisations at which you may be placed as an intern, based on your skills and experience as each internship program is tailor made for you. Internship placements could include human rights law firms, HIV/AIDS advocacy NGOs, human rights policy centers, refugee centers, environmental law firms and government organizations.


Your role as an intern and the hands-on legal work you’ll be involved in will differ slightly from placement to placement, but could include monitoring legislation, drafting policy papers, affidavits and other legal documents, giving legal advice, assessing human rights claims, conducting research, meeting with clients and attending court cases.


You will meet many interesting people as many of our human rights law internships will give you access to individuals who have been victims of human rights abuses. You will also work directly within the communities you serve through your daily internship work as many of our best Cape Town law internship offerings are located at small grassroots NGOs that are based in the townships (low-income areas of the city). In such an internship setting, your daily work responsibilities will have a tangible impact upon the communities you are serving. You will work with a team of talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and by the end of your South African internship you will have a number of new skills to add to your resume.

project pricing
4 - 12 Weeks: USD 1850 GBP 1276 EUR 1480

Please note a longer placement may be possible - kindly send through an enquiry for more information.

project start date

This project starts on the 1st and the 16th of every month. Please note that the internship cost is the same for 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks. Accommodation and meals are optional and charged separately. Please see the project brochure for a breakdown of costs.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is a government-funded organization that is entrusted with monitoring the human rights of South Africans. While South Africa features the world’s most liberal constitution, it is the responsibility of an organization like the SAHRC to ensure that South Africans’ constitutional rights are being protected in practice.

As an intern at SAHRC, you will monitor legislation as it pertains to the interest of the SAHRC by making regular trips to the South African Parliament. You will also have the opportunity to draft policy papers on behalf of the SAHRC (provided that you have earned the trust of the staff). While working as an assistant to the human rights lawyers, you will be responsible for assessing the authenticity of each claim and identify the cases that are worth pursuing in the equality courts. This will involve direct interaction with South Africans who wish to make human rights claims, so it is important that you have prior experience interacting with members of the public in a service role (e.g., customer service, volunteer work).

Scheibert& Associates, provides professional and comprehensive services in a wide variety of legal fields, including international and local tax and estate planning, private international law, immigration law, criminal law, company and property law, insurance and general litigation and the rendering of advice on all legal matters concerning the corporate and individual client in South Africa and abroad.

As an intern with Scheibert & Associates, you will have the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of legal fields, which is invaluable experience for anyone studying or considering a career in law. The firm makes use of the latest computer and IT technology and has extensive connections abroad.

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) is a non-profit, independently funded law centre established to promote the cause of women’s rights in South Africa. The Centre strives for a vision of women in South Africa, free from violence, empowered to ensure their own reproductive and health rights, free to own their own share of property, having a safe place to stay, and empowered to work in an equal environment.
The WLC does litigation work in the areas of gender-based violence, relationship rights, land and housing, labor and health.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the WLC’s day-to-day work. This may include doing research, meeting with clients, assisting with the writing of affidavits, legal submissions, briefs, and policy papers, as well as attending court cases.

Natural Justice is a non-profit organization with three main objectives that align with those of the Convention on Biological Diversity, namely: the conservation of biological diversity; the sustainable use of the environment; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of natural resources. To carry out its aims, the organization works at community, national, and international levels.

During your human rights internship you will work on a range of projects related to the field of environmental law, advocacy, research, and policymaking. Work will be exciting and varied, and will involve hands-on legal work in addition to some fieldwork in local communities. You will gain a good sense of how laws and policies made at the national and international levels have an impact within local communities.

Things to do with your spare time
Down Time

After work you can head off to one of the local pubs or coffee shops close to your intern accommodation, or just relax and unwind around the house, watch a movie or spend time with your fellow interns.

Intern activities pin it!
Intern Activities

During the course of your internship placement regular Friday afternoon group excursions to different locations in Cape Town will be arranged.  They will include an exciting range of activities such as an afternoon barbeque in Nyanga township, various hikes to Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay and climbing Table Mountain and Lions Head for an amazing view.  

Cape town sightseeing pin it!
Cape Town Sightseeing

Cape Town offers a host of entertaining sites to explore.  You can ride on the Hop-on, Hop-off Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus to explore this unique city, shop at Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, enjoy the many delicious eateries, go on a Cape Point Peninsula Tour including a swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach and taste some of the world’s finest wines on a delectable winelands tour.

Beaches pin it!
Beaches

Enjoy surfing, kite-surfing or volleyball at one of Cape Town’s magnificent beaches, or simply soak up the sun and the beautiful view.

 

Wildlife pin it!
Wildlife

Don’t miss out on an African wildlife experience at Aquila Safari - a “Big 5” private game reserve while you are here. You can spot springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant. You can also take a boat trip to Seal Island or go shark cage diving if you are feeling brave.

 

About Cape Town
About cape town pin it!

As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in Observatory, a suburb 7km away from Cape Town city centre. Your accommodation is centrally located to the shops and public transport is easily accessible. Obs, as it is known by the locals, has a lively atmosphere with great music, bars, restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy during your stay.

Your room will be private and furnished, however you will share toilet and other common areas such as the lounge and kitchen with fellow interns. The general atmosphere of our program housing is friendly and social and you will make some great new friends during your South African internship adventure. Meals can be provided at an extra cost, should you prefer not to cater for your own meals.

Depending on the time of year you visit, there are some great sporting events and music festivals to enjoy. Weekend markets also give you a great sense of the local culture and is the perfect opportunity to do some shopping. The benefits of your volunteering and internship work will reach far beyond what you could ever imagine. You will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights in your area of work and may even find this a very valuable journey of self discovery.

Feedback from our volunteers
Amy Powers

When I boarded the plane for Cape Town following my second year of law school, my mind was racing. Was this the right choice for me? Would I get the legal and professional experience I truly wanted? Would Cape Town be a hard place to live? With all these questions running through my brain, it was amazing how quickly they disappeared as I set foot in Cape Town. Every worry evaporated the minute I saw the city and now I can say, without a doubt, that this trip was the best thing I have done, both professionally and personally.  I truly loved my experience in South Africa. During my internship, I worked for the South African Human Rights Commission as their international research associate. This was an amazing experience as a law student interested in international human rights because it was an opportunity to work for a UN Affiliated National Human Rights Institution. While there, I was able to attend parliamentary hearings, help draft a submission to parliament concerning disability law in SA, and continue research on torture for the yearly report that the commission publishes for the UN. The internship itself was very fulfilling; especially with the wonderful people I was able to work with. I have truly made friends for a lifetime and memories that I will cherish forever. 

Iona Wells

I don't think that I've ever quite experienced a month and a half fly by as quickly. I initially signed up for the internship to gain more work. Although I received this, my learning process here extended far beyond the field of my placement to being about travel in general, about myself, about South Africa and about confidence. It was a fantastic opportunity to embrace the novelty of being amongst, initially unfamiliar, people and places, and seize every available moment to explore a fantastic city and meet wonderful people along the way - who have given me a worldwide network of friends who I hope to stay in touch with and see again. I struggle to find a highlight of my trip given that every day was completely different and introduced me to new once-in-a-lifetime ventures and enterprises. Thank you all!

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