Eligibility requirement: Suited to students studying human rights law, marketing, journalism, international development, international law, or related fields. 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, Licensed Conveyancer, Chartered Accountant, Civil Service Administrator, Human Resources Officer, Data & Research Analyst, Human Rights Officer, Child Protection Advisor

Internship details

This virtual internship in human rights advocacy supports disadvantaged communities in South Africa. By interning remotely, you’ll gain international career experience, addressing gender equality and migrant rights, and making a real difference to communities most in need.

This is a remote internship you can conduct viurtually from home.

Remote human rights internships out of South Africa offer genuine advocacy experiences with disadvantaged women, migrants and other communities. Interns can be placed with non-profit organizations, women’s shelters, or refugee and migrant centers, helping to advance the causes of the minority groups they represent.

Participants joining this online internship in human rights play an important role in helping to educate the public, and interns can expect to produce materials that advocate for disadvantaged groups. Interns can assist with research and producing written and other content for manuals and other resources on issues such as xenophobia, racism and gender equality. These resources are distributed in schools and communities to help raise awareness about human rights issues.

Internship tasks will be given at weekly briefings with your supervisor, who is an experienced NGO professional. Those with experience in fundraising and marketing can assist with campaigns, community projects and funding applications.

This internship is conducted in English.

Human rights advocacy interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Producing content for educational material advocating for disadvantaged people
  • Researching human rights issues
  • Writing content for human rights resources
  • Raising awareness of human rights issues regarding ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration and other groups
Professional development opportunities:
  • Gain practical knowledge of current women’s, children’s and migrant rights issues in South Africa
  • Produce content to educate the public and advance human rights
  • Intern alongside experienced human rights advocates
  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Typical schedule:

As a remote intern, you’ll have the flexibility to work to a schedule that suits both you and your supervisor. Your schedule will need to accommodate online meetings with your supervisor at least once a week, so there will be times where you’ll need to be available during office hours in South Africa.

Internship highlights:
  • Explore human rights issues affecting people in South Africa and Covid-19’s impact on these issues
  • Gain valuable work experience and help raise awareness of human rights issues in disadvantaged communities
  • Equip disadvantaged communities with knowledge about their rights to justice
  • Work alongside experienced human rights advocates to educate people about their rights
  • Gain international work experience while interning remotely from home without having to travel
Types of host organizations:
  • Non-profit advocacy groups
  • Women’s shelters
  • Refugee and migrant centers
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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 within 7 days of being assigned a placement.

Program Fee (USD)
100 hours (3 weeks full time, or 5 weeks part time) $948
250 hours (8 weeks full time, or 12 weeks part time) $1,348
350 hours (13 weeks full time, or 17 weeks part time) $1,648
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Orientation and coaching with your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of $75 USD.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

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