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.