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Legal Advocacy Internships in Arusha

Legal Advocacy Internships in Arusha

Legal internships are excellent for anyone seeking advocacy experience. Interns assist and learn from legal advocates, working to provide legal aid and advice to those in Tanzania who cannot afford it. Help raise awareness and support those in need of legal support.

Internship Highlights:
  • Gain experience advocating for people in serious and complex legal issues.
  • Build your legal expertise working on a wide range of cases including civil cases, corporate litigation, mediation, arbitration and pro bono work.
  • Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes.
Type of host organizations:
  • Law Offices
  • Law Firms
  • Community development organizations
Fully hosted experience from $1704
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

These internships are ideal for those looking for realistic legal aid work experience. Interns work alongside legal advocates providing legal aid and advice to those who cannot afford it. Help raise awareness, support those in need, assist vulnerable people in the community and gain real life legal work experience.

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.

Legal Advocacy internships in Tanzania provide a unique opportunity to contribute towards the challenging work of injustice and inequality. Interns are placed with experienced, practicing advocates who provide mentoring and supervision as you assist with ongoing cases, client meetings, providing legal opinion and legal research.

Interns are given activities and/or a caseload to work through with your supervisor each day. Daily activities can include:

  • Attending client meetings and counseling clients.
  • Attending court sessions.
  • Preparing for hearings, sessions and suites.
  • Court submissions.
  • Preparing legal documents for submission.
  • Discussing complex or unique cases as a team.
  • Learning about the Tanzanian Justice system and how it’s navigated by ordinary people.
  • Learning about advocacy and advocating for vulnerable people.

Your supervisor will help to guide your tasks and you’ll generally collaborate with them to understand the issues, research legal precedents and statutes, and help to find solutions. You should come prepared to expect days that are busy and challenging, and other days which may be more slow paced.

Interns may also have the ability to shadow and observe supervisors as they represent clients in Magistrate and Primary Court cases. Here you’ll have the opportunity to sit through formal court proceedings, while also assisting in the magistrates office, helping with admin of legal documents. 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.

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 respectable 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.

In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.

Career Benefits

Legal Advocacy Internships in Arusha 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.

  • Build your legal expertise working on a wide range of cases including civil cases, corporate litigation, mediation, arbitration and pro bono work.

  • Learn to advocate for civilians looking for help to navigate complex legal systems.

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

  • Gain experience building legal cases for court hearings.

  • Build advocacy skills raising awareness for disadvantaged communities.

  • Obtain insight into the socioeconomic impact of gaining fair representation.

  • Understand issues 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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What recent interns said about their experience

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Michelle Pieragostini
July 2022

It has always been my dream to come to Tanzania so when I saw the opportunity to intern there in the field of Human Rights, it was too good an opportunity to turn down! During my internship in Human Rights & Legal Advocacy, I was involved in a number of different roles. I attended trials at the High Court of Arusha to understand the basics of the Tanzanian law system. I visited the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights as a researcher, making use of the library and upgrading my knowledge about international relations and humanitarian law. I stipulated a contract for a land sale and closed an agreement between the two parties involved in a land donation. I was even given the ability to represent my supervisor in the High Court during the ruling of a civil case. During my stay in the city, I also had the opportunity to visit the LHRC Centre and the UN headquarters, all of which contributed to increasing my awareness of social issues and their impact on international relations. In sum, I strongly believe this experience has not only been beneficial for my career path, but also for the people and organizations which hosted me!

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Clara El-semman
May 2022

This internship has contributed to the achievement of my long-term goals in so many different ways. The main way is the fact that I was working in an environment with different laws and a different culture, which will be incredibly beneficial when going into international law and becoming a legal advisor in diplomatic/ international organization offices. It has developed my analytical skills because I have to try and understand all the differences in an efficient way and sometimes very quickly so I can keep up with what's going on. I can safely say that my internship has made me more empowered to be successful in my field. Being completely inserted in a new culture that is so different from what I already knew was life changing. During my month in Tanzania I was curious like I had never been. I can only believe that this is something that will be beneficial to me. Not only have I greatly developed my communication skills, but I have also acquired unprecedented independence and used my analytical skills to try and understand the Tanzanian culture and the world we live in in a better way.

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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$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Duration
Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $1,704 Equivalent to $60 /day
5 weeks $1,809 Equivalent to $51 /day
6 weeks $1,914 Equivalent to $45 /day
8 weeks $2,179 Equivalent to $38 /day
10 weeks $2,389 Equivalent to $34 /day
12 weeks $2,599 Equivalent to $30 /day
16 weeks $3,399 Equivalent to $30 /day
20 weeks $3,959 Equivalent to $28 /day
24 weeks $4,519 Equivalent to $26 /day
  • Airport pick-up
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • 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
  • Lunches and weekend meals
  • All in-country transportation
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) 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.

Free-time experiences & tours in Arusha

Take your internship to the next level with Intern Abroad HQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Arusha! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto an internship program.

Kilimanjaro Weekend Tour
Kilimanjaro Weekend Tour

In this tour you will visit two of the most popular destinations in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Region. The tour starts and ends at Arusha, with experienced driver guides offering the trip of a lifetime!

$110
Maasai Culture Tour
Maasai Culture Tour

Enrich your time in Tanzania with a visit to gain an authentic insight into the Maasai way of life.

$150
Manayara Memories Package
Manayara Memories Package

Visit three of the most popular destinations in Tanzania - Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. The tour starts and ends at Arusha, with experienced driver guides offering the trip of a lifetime!

$615

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.

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.

Meals

Internships 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.

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.