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 provided. Click here to view the remote version of this internship you can undertake from home.
Legal Support internships in Tanzania provide a unique opportunity to contribute towards the challenging work of injustice and inequality. Interns contribute to the operations of a non-profit human rights and legal aid organization, which is staffed by practising lawyers who provide legal aid to those who are vulnerable, mostly women and children. The role of local lawyers with this NGO is to help clients through legal issues and disputes, including advocating for them in legal hearings and court cases.
Interns are given 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 Legal Support 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.
This internship is conducted in English.
Legal Support 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.
- Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- 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
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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.
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