Legal Internship


The Equal Rights Trust is seeking to recruit a legal intern to gain professional experience in an international human rights NGO. This is an exciting opportunity for graduates and/or postgraduate students, with an interest in human rights and combating discrimination, to contribute to the implementation of the Trust’s projects around the world through providing support with legal research, report editorial, advocacy, communications, fundraising and logistics.

The internship is offered for a period of three months. Interns may apply for a needs-based grant of up to £3,090 to enable them to meet their living costs during this period. Candidates should be available to start the internship in mid-September 2019. To benefit from the internship, we recommend that interns are available for a minimum of three days per week. The internship is based at our office in London.


Interns will be involved in a wide range of aspects of the Equal Rights Trust’s work, including:

  • Undertaking legal research on a range of issues relating to equality and non-discrimination;
  • Assisting with the publication of reports on equality and non-discrimination, including the Trust’s country report series and its thematic reports;
  • Assisting with the organisation of training workshops for human rights defenders and civil society organisations outside the UK, including preparing workshop materials; assisting with travel and other logistics; and conducting monitoring and evaluation of the impact of workshops.
  • Sourcing and evaluating advocacy opportunities, and assisting with the drafting of advocacy submissions;
  • Assisting with fundraising applications, including conducting background research;
  • Researching, writing and editing content for the Trust’s website;
  • Supporting the organisation of events, such as the launch of publications; and
  • Providing additional support to the Trust’s team as and when needed.

The position is intended as a learning experience: at the end of the internship, you will have gained a wide variety of skills and techniques essential to working in an international human rights organisation and will have developed an understanding of key elements of human rights project design and implementation.

Skills and Experience Required

Candidates most likely to benefit from the internship will have:

  • A graduate or postgraduate level education, preferably in law;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of international human rights law and/or equality law;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to produce written material in a clear, coherent and persuasive manner;
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Fluency in major languages other than English – in particular Russian, Arabic, Chinese or Spanish.

How to Apply

Please apply by sending a covering letter and a curriculum vitae. Only complete applications with these two attachments will be reviewed. Applications should be sent by email only, with subject 'Legal Internship' to  

The deadline for applications is Friday 13 September 2019. However, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and we therefore strongly encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. Short-listed applicants will be invited to complete a short, written exercise, and if further short-listed, for an interview. Due the high number of applications, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.