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Human Rights & Legal Advocacy Internships in Tanzania

Human Rights & Legal Advocacy Internships in Tanzania

A perfect internship for anyone looking for human rights or advocacy experience. Interns work alongside legal advocates providing legal aid and advice to those who cannot afford it. Help raise human rights awareness and support those in need of legal support.

Internship Highlights:
  • Gain real life experience advocating for vulnerable people in legal issues
  • Build your human rights expertise working on a wide range of cases
  • Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Type of host organizations:
  • NGOs
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Fully hosted experience from US$1,619
Includes accommodation & meals
Typical schedule: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Minimum duration 4 weeks, up to 24 Weeks maximum
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Suitable for interns who are pursuing an associated career path. Interns in at least their second year of study in a related field is desirable, but not essential (related fields such as Law, Political Science, Gender Equality or humanities). High School graduates aged 18+ may be accepted, depending on the strength of their application (including any relevant experience, with a desire to learn and grow within this field).

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Attorney, Barrister, Barrister's Clerk, Chartered Legal Executive, Legal Secretary, Paralegal, Solicitor, Human Rights Officer, Child Protection Advisor, Domestic and International Advocacy Worker, Humanitarian Service Worker, Policy Developer, Educator, Human Rights Lawyer, Public Health Worker

Internship details

A perfect internship for anyone looking for human rights or advocacy experience. Interns work alongside legal advocates providing legal aid and advice to those who cannot afford it. Help raise human rights awareness and support those in need of legal support.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals included. Click here to explore remote Law & Human Rights internships, which you can do from home.

Human Rights & Legal Advocacy internships in Tanzania provide a unique opportunity to contribute towards the challenging work of injustice and inequality. Interns are placed with the Magistrates and Primary Court in Arusha, where they have the opportunity to sit through formal court proceedings, while also assisting in the magistrates office, helping with admin of legal documents. There is also scope to assist with a Law and Human Rights Center, which provides free legal aid.

Please note that this placement strictly requires interns to wear formal attire. This means that you should wear a collared shirt. Men are expected to wear respectible trousers and women may similarly dress formally with dark coloured pants or a long skirt (which must not fall above the knee). It’s advisable to bring a laptop.

Interns are given activities and/or a caseload to work through with your supervisor each day. Your supervisor will help to guide your work, and you’ll generally collaborate with them to understand the issues, research legal precedents and statutes, liaise with various stakeholders and help to find solutions. In complex cases that need to be handled by a qualified lawyer, you may only be able to observe proceedings. You should come prepared to expect days that are busy and challenging, and other days which may be more slow paced.

These internships are ideal for those looking for realistic legal aid work experience. Your routine will closely follow that of a practicing lawyer in an NGO that aims to assist vulnerable people in the community, and you’ll gain experience working through real life legal cases, such as domestic disputes and inheritance issues. As an intern, you are unable to represent clients in legal hearings, but you can observe proceedings and see your work being applied in legal contexts.

Interns are also able to write and produce educational material relating to human rights and social issues faced by vulnerable communities in Tanzania. These resources can be distributed on websites and social media to raise awareness of the situations many people face on a daily basis.

All interns are encouraged to be highly motivated, resilient, and capable of working well within a team in order to learn, cooperate, and get the most out of this compelling international experience.

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist countries, and as an intern you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city of Arusha and popular surrounding areas. The world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater and Mt Kilimanjaro National Park are popular day trips for interns at the weekend, and there are opportunities to combine your Legal Support internship with a safari in the Serengeti National Park.

Career Benefits

Human Rights & Legal Advocacy interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Helping to prepare clients for legal hearings

  • Advocating for vulnerable people in disputes

  • Researching and applying human rights law regarding ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration and other issues

  • Helping with community disputes, such as land and family inheritance issues

  • Producing content for educational material advocating for disadvantaged people

Professional development opportunities:
  • Develop your knowledge of human rights law and social issues in Tanzania

  • Gain experience building legal cases for court hearings

  • Build advocacy skills raising awareness for disadvantaged communities

  • Intern alongside experienced human rights advocates and learn from their professional experience and mentorship

  • Gain insight into the socioeconomic impact of gaining fair representation

  • Gain knowledge on the current issue of inequality and the impact it has on people’s lives

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

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Program fees

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.

Non-medical internships

Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $1,619Equivalent to $57/day
6 weeks $1,829Equivalent to $43/day
8 weeks $2,094Equivalent to $37/day
10 weeks $2,304Equivalent to $32/day
12 weeks $2,514Equivalent to $29/day
14 weeks $3,034Equivalent to $30/day
16 weeks $3,314Equivalent to $29/day
18 weeks $3,594Equivalent to $28/day
20 weeks $3,874Equivalent to $27/day
24 weeks $4,434Equivalent to $26/day

Medical internships

Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $1,719Equivalent to $61/day
6 weeks $1,929Equivalent to $45/day
8 weeks $2,194Equivalent to $39/day
10 weeks $2,404Equivalent to $34/day
12 weeks $2,614Equivalent to $31/day
14 weeks $2,934Equivalent to $29/day
16 weeks $3,214Equivalent to $28/day
18 weeks $3,494Equivalent to $27/day
20 weeks $3,774Equivalent to $26/day
24 weeks $4,334Equivalent to $25/day
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Optional extras, such as language lessons
  • Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
  • A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Tanzania begin every Monday. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. The minimum duration requirement is 2 weeks up to a maximum duration of 24 weeks.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.

Typical ports of entry include the local Arusha Airport (ARK) or the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). If you are planning to spend time independently in Tanzania prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics with you.

Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation.

The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Return transport to the airport will be provided to interns at no cost, provided they’re making their way back to the airport on either the Saturday or Sunday of their final week.

Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.

Orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.

Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

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Accommodation and WiFi

Interns in Arusha are accommodated together on one of the city’s most top-rated guest houses, located in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood (just 15 minutes from town center). Living is safe, clean, modern and comfortable, including 24/7 gated security, housekeeping, and a live-in local coordinator. (Laundry services are not included but can be arranged directly for a small fee). Amenities include hot showers, WiFi, and satellite television (in common areas). Interns can expect to share a bedroom with 1- 5 other guests, of the same gender. Bathroom facilities are shared. Private/en-suite room upgrades are subject to availability and must be arranged directly with the local team, once registered.

Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we may work with more than one apartment (depending on capacity), the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ slightly from the photos. Rooms sizes, along with storage space, may also vary.


Interns in Arusha include breakfast and dinner, prepared and served Monday to Friday at the guest house accommodation. Typical dishes in Tanzania are influenced by seasonal produce and the dinner menu is usually set according to a weekly rotating schedule. For example, dinner meals may cover Wali Rosti (rice and meat stew), spaghetti bolognese, Wali Umboga (rice and vegetables), pilau, and chapati maharage (a thin wholemeal pancake cooked on a griddle, with beans). Dinner dishes are accompanied with salad. Breakfasts consist of fresh seasonal fruit, fried eggs, and bread with spreads (plus tea and coffee). A filtered cold water dispenser is available in the common area for use to reduce the amount of plastic bottle use. Bottled water​ ​is​​ ​readily available in Tanzania and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations to you accordingly. However, it is important to note that the provided meals will not reflect what you are used to eating at home and flexibility is required. Interns are encouraged to budget extra spending money for any special snacks/treats.

Activities and tourism

There is an array of activities to enjoy during your stay in Arusha, as well as touristic excursions to attractions within Tanzania. Located on the “safari circuit”, the internship program is based near to some of Africa’s most beautiful environments, including Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. Whether you’re content with local entertainment, such as Maasai markets, cafes, music, nightlife, and cinema, or you’re planning to book in big ticket items such as overnight safari camps and mountain trekking adventures, our local team will assist you with itinerary advice and planning.

Day trips

Day trips are popular among interns and perfect for taking advantage of the weekends during your internship. Depending on the excursion, the rates can range from US$60 up to US$450, including round trip transportation and lunch. (The more expensive day trip rates cover transportation to destinations that are further afield, such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Note that the day trip cost will typically exclude additional gate entry fees, which may be subject to change). While you’re planning your internship in Tanzania, don’t miss:

  • Arusha National Park: Near Mt Meru, the park offers easy game drives and scenic walking tours, where you can discover beautiful streams, waterfalls and rivers.
  • Tarangire: This destination offers the chance to spot the Big Five. Keep an eye out for herds of elephants, lion prides, giraffes and many more animals within their natural habitat.
  • Lake Manyara: This lush oasis was once described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest in Africa”. Relax on a peaceful game drive and enjoy the vista of buffalo, flamingo, lions, impala and more.
  • Serengeti: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the famous Serengeti ecosystem extends right up to Kenya.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Located in northern Tanzania, the region is home to the Big Five and boasts the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater - a breathtaking natural wonder.
  • Metaruni Waterfalls Hike: Go trekking to the waterfalls through the foothills overshadowed by Mt Kilimanjaro. Enjoy lunch in the town of Moshi.
  • Hot Springs: It’s a longer drive to visit the natural hot springs in Moshi, but worth the trip! Soak in the warm waters against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Maasai Culture Tour: Visit a Maasai homestead for a friendly guided experience and meet members from the impressive nomadic tribe, who retain their unique cultural identity.
  • Snake Park: Check out a variety of snake breeds, from small grass snakes to cobras. The park is also home to other species of birds and amphibians and features a Maasai market.

Overnight safari tours and trekking

If you want to plan a Tanzanian adventure before or after your internship, we can assist you to arrange overnight camping safaris of the Northern Circuit (Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorongoro), as well as a Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package (all inclusive six day climb). Extended safari tours are popular and two all-inclusive options offer either camping or lodge accommodation. Pricing details can be provided to interns once they have registered.

Essential country information

Capital Dodoma
Population 47.78 million
Languages Swahili and English
Currency Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time zone UTC+03:00
Weather and climate:

In Arusha, where the Tanzania internship programs are based, the warm season typically lasts from January till late March. During this period, the average daily high is around 81°F / 27°C. The cooler season is from mid May till late August and the coldest month of the year is usually in July, when the low reaches around 56°F / 13°C. The dry season is considered to run from late May through till mid November. Rainfall can occur during the rest of the year, December through April.