Human Rights internships in Italy have a range of placements in human rights organizations and NGOs, learning from experienced lawyers and advocates. Internship roles are customized to best suit you. Activities can involve research, data analysis, reporting, event planning, social media development, marketing and more.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
These Human Rights Internships in Rome offer real world experience in advocating for disadvantaged communities, raising awareness of human rights issues and learning about international law. Interns can assist lawyers and human rights advocates to champion the causes of communities and individuals facing human rights struggles with a range of activities that can overlap with social work.
Your exact internship role will be customized to suit you, matching your own skills and interests with the needs of local placements. The scope of this internship is broad, and some of the activities you can be involved in may include (but aren’t limited to):
- Researching human rights legal cases
- Reporting on research findings & supporting legal advocates
- Planning events
- Running fundraising campaigns
- Contributing to social media awareness campaigns
- Updating and optimizing placement websites
- Creating marketing content to support the mission and outreach of the organization
Please include any relevant experience in your application, so that your internship role can be crafted to give you the most relevant experience possible. Requests for specific internship activities can also be accommodated, subject to availability.
It is important to note that internships in Rome include mandatory Italian language lessons, which are included within the minimum duration requirement of the internship. While your internship can be conducted in some English, a language barrier can still be encountered to a certain extent. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Most interns are able to have a successful internship experience and it is essential to come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier, as opposed to being intimidated by it.
For beginners to the Italian language (levels A1 and A2), you’re required to complete a four-week Italian language course at an accredited language school in Rome before you start at your internship placement.
Interns with intermediate Italian will complete two weeks of language lessons, prior to commencing the placement. If you have intermediate language skills, please note that you will be required to provide verification (such as a B1 or B2 level certificate) and/or demonstrate your listening comprehension and spoken proficiency. These two abilities (listening and speaking) are the most important skills that will be assessed, to determine if you’re able to complete your internship as an “intermediate” speaker of Italian.
Additional language lessons can be arranged in-country, for those who wish to continue classes.
There is a lot to do in your spare time while completing your internship in Italy! Rome is an absolutely fantastic city to explore. Having been inhabited for the last three millennia, it’s brimming with ancient history, including almost 300 fountains and nearly a thousand churches. Not to mention the amazing eateries that will constantly tempt you! Walking tours of the city are highly recommended, as a fun and an interesting way to discover your bearings, along with everything else that the city has to offer. Our team in Rome is incredibly warm and welcoming, so you’ll have excellent support and advice when you’re looking to plan excursions and social activities. Considering that the pizza, pasta and gelato are so good, you’ll appreciate the fact that walking through the city is such enjoyable exercise!
Human Rights interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Contributing to human rights awareness campaigns
- Researching international law and human rights issues
- Advocating for communities and individuals facing human rights and international law issues
- Raising funds for individuals, families or human rights organizations
- Digital marketing, graphic design and development of website content
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn about international and human rights law and how it impacts people and communities
- Develop advocacy skills
- Create original marketing and graphic design content
- Understand proper research and reporting processes
- Gain Italian language skills and practice it in a professional environment
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Develop your knowledge of human rights while contributing to real life advocacy causes
- Build your skills advocating for disadvantaged people and raising awareness of specific issues
- Explore all the attractions of Rome and wider Italy, while enjoying amazing Italian food
Types of host organizations:
- Advocacy organizations
- Law practices
Keen to get started?
Taking the first step is easy! It is free to apply and takes just 5 minutes.Submit an application
It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Beginner Italian Language Speakers
|Internship Duration||Program Fee (USD)|
|10 weeks||10 weeks||$6,582|
|11 weeks||11 weeks||$6,974|
|12 weeks||12 weeks||$7,371|
Intermediate Italian Language Speakers
|Internship Duration||Program Fee (USD)|
|8 weeks||8 weeks||$5,499|
|9 weeks||9 weeks||$5,959|
|10 weeks||10 weeks||$6,357|
|11 weeks||11 weeks||$6,748|
|12 weeks||12 weeks||$7,145|
It is important to note that internships in Rome include mandatory Italian language lessons, which are taken in conjunction with the internship program. Beginners to the Italian language must commit to a minimum duration of at least 10 weeks, which includes Italian language lessons for the first 4 weeks. Intermediate Italian speakers (B1 or B2 or higher) must commit to a minimum duration of 8 weeks, which includes at least 2 weeks of Italian language lessons, prior to commencing the placement. If you have intermediate Italian language skills, you will be required to provide verification (such as a B1 or B2 level certificate) and/or demonstrate your listening comprehension and spoken proficiency. These two abilities (listening and speaking) are the most important skills that will be assessed, to determine if you're able to complete your internship as an "intermediate" speaker of Italian.