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Legal Support for Human Rights Advocacy

Legal Support for Human Rights Advocacy

This online law internship out of Tanzania helps NGOs to provide pro bono assistance to vulnerable people in human rights, discrimination, anti-corruption and gender equality issues. There is a wide range of specialization possible, including criminal law, civil law, marriage law, commercial law, labour & employment law, or inheritance law.

Internship Highlights:
  • Intern with an NGO providing human rights legal support to disadvantaged people
  • Intern with a law firm active in many legal specialties
  • Supervision from a qualified and experienced lawyer
  • Get insights in real court cases and learn from experienced attorneys how to prepare for court hearings
  • Learn about the empowerment of underprivileged women and disadvantaged minorities in Tanzania
  • Gain practical international work experience by interning remotely from home without having to travel
Type of host organizations:
  • Legal support NGOs
  • Law firms
Gain academic or course credit
Everything arranged for you from $1099 (approximately 1099)
Available year-round, start when you like
Intern part-time or full-time from anywhere
Choose your duration: 100, 200 or 350 hours
Personal online orientation & coaching
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Interns must have relevant study experience in marketing, communications, journalism, or a related field such as political science, sociology, African studies, etc. Knowledge of social media marketing and digital communications is also required. High School graduates aged 16+ 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

Gain practical legal experience in human rights, anti-corruption, criminal law and commercial law on this online legal internship that helps NGOs in Tanzania provide pro bono assistance to vulnerable people.

This is a remote internship you can undertake virtually from home. Click here to view in-country Law & Human Rights Support internships, if you would prefer to intern abroad.

This online law internship out of Tanzania presents a unique opportunity for those looking to use their law education and experience to provide legal assistance to vulnerable people in Africa. Remote legal internships out of Tanzania are available in either NGOs that provide free services to disadvantaged people, or in local law firms, assisting lawyers with daily tasks.

Inequality in Tanzania means many people are denied basic human rights, however law interns in NGOs can help to provide pro bono assistance in areas such as labour law, family law, criminal law, commercial law and discrimination. Online legal interns can assist NGOs with campaigns aiming to address human rights issues, such as gender inequality in Tanzania. This can involve writing legal documents, website and social media content to support these causes. There may also be scope to collaborate with a lawyer who specializes in Human Trafficking and Combination of Sharia Law with Common Law.

Remote internships in law firms in Tanzania involve assisting lawyers with writing reports, preparing legal and court documents, and writing content for websites, social media and newsletters. Legal interns can also provide opinions on real and hypothetical cases, compare and contrast laws of various countries, and practice questioning witnesses.

In all cases, interns should expect that the initial phase of their remote internship will focus on gaining some introductory knowledge. You may start by gaining an understanding or overview 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. 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 Support for Human Rights Advocacy interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • A range of legal specialities, including labour law, family law, criminal law, commercial law or discrimination

  • Writing legal reports

  • Preparing legal or court documents

  • Writing content for websites

  • Producing social media content

  • Providing legal opinions

  • Comparing laws of different jurisdictions

  • Questioning witnesses

Professional development opportunities:
  • Learn about the application of Commonwealth law in Tanzania

  • Learn from real and hypothetical cases, and discuss them with experienced local attorneys

  • Gain an understanding of human rights issues and the legal difficulties of underprivileged members of society

  • Learn about processes and preparations for court hearings

  • Get to know the work of an NGOs active in the field of human rights and women’s rights

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

What recent interns said about their experience

Karen Takayama
February 2024

I have always had a curiosity about human rights in African countries but I haven’t had the chance to hear about the reality of those countries directly from the people living there. Thus, this remote internship has allowed me to gain a new perspective on human rights, has empowered me and provided a significant and impactful learning point.

Adrian Berkovich
July 2023

This experience has not only deepened my passion for social justice, but also inspired me to pursue further studies and a career in advocacy and community education. During my internship I conducted research and analyzed information, developed educational materials, identified key legal issues and response gaps, and provided input and suggestions for developing strategies. My internship has provided a solid foundation in legal principles, human rights law, and an understanding of legal systems. Overall, my favorite outcome was the realization that I can make a meaningful impact through my work, and that knowledge will become a driving force in shaping my future endeavors and aspirations.

Jasmine Liu
June 2023

The internship role helped me to understand the Tanzanian legal system, the correlation between legal practice and human rights, and also provided me with the opportunity to interact with the local community. I learned how to communicate effectively in different cultural contexts and how to adapt to different legal practices. I collaborated with a diverse cross-cultural team to provide legal aid, promote human rights services, and solve the legal problems of the local community. In addition to this, I also assisted in organizing online training and resource sharing to improve the community's accessibility and understanding of legal knowledge. My internship experience has deepened my understanding of human rights and social justice, given me practical skills and laid a solid foundation for my future career path in the field of human rights.

Jayde DeGraff
June 2023

It was eye-opening to take part in a remote legal internship for Tanzania. Despite being geographically far from the nation, having the chance to contribute to such a vital cause from afar gave me significant insights into the legal difficulties encountered by women and children in Tanzania. I had a lot of preparation from my Program Manager at Intern Abroad HQ before starting my internship. My experience was great and more structured than I had initially thought, given that I participated in a remote internship.

Tinevimbo Takawira
December 2021

My Legal Support internship has cemented my passion for human rights and given me even more enthusiasm for my career path. The internship provided me with a platform to practice what I want to become: a voice of the voiceless in the context of human rights in societies. When I initially spoke with my supervisor before commencing, she provided me with background on the organization and I was immediately eager to begin. When I actually started, I was not disappointed at all - everything went so smoothly. Everyone in the organization was very relatable in terms of culture and clearly communicated to me my role and responsibilities. As a Law & Human Rights intern, I was responsible for administrative support of the organization. I analyzed legal documents, made reviews with the guidance of my supervisor and contributed to the design of educational materials involving human rights and children’s rights. My tasks supported the organization and its goal of promoting human rights and making justice accessible to everyone.

Helen McDonagh
November 2021

My internship experience was everything that I hoped it would be! Everyone I was in contact with was extremely accommodating, helpful and efficient. The staff were keen to know about my background, education and any relevant experience I'd had in Ireland and appreciated any comments I could offer. They similarly encouraged questions and asked for my feedback on ways in which they could improve my learning experience and the internship programme for future interns. I had expected my role to be less interactive and imagined myself shadowing staff or carrying out minor assignments. In reality the staff at my organisation really took the time to teach me - whether this be about their work, the Tanzanian legal system, various laws and procedures or women's rights. Being able to virtually attend a teacher training day hosted by my organisation was an amazing and authentic experience - the training was conducted through Swahili, but staff were kind enough to translate for me and explain the different exercises. I definitely feel more empowered to be successful in the field of human rights. As well as being an excellent addition to my CV, this internship, and the additional skills (communication, active listening, networking, emotional intelligence) I acquired during my time will be beneficial to any future roles I have. Furthermore, receiving positive feedback from my supervisors and being commended on my efforts massively boosted my confidence.


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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 within 7 days of being assigned a placement.

Program Fee
100 hours (3 weeks full time, or 5 weeks part time) $1,099
250 hours (8 weeks full time, or 12 weeks part time) $1,499
350 hours (13 weeks full time, or 17 weeks part time) $1,799
  • 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
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) 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.