Students at a school in Africa listen to a talk about basic rights given by a student doing a Human Rights internship abroad.

Law & Human Rights International Work Experience

Grown professionally through law internships or human rights volunteering in developing countries

Get the professional development and skills you need to drive your studies or career forward with a Projects Abroad international law internship or human rights programme. 

With us, you can take your career development to an international stage. Our global internships help you: 

  • Get unparalleled insight into legal practices, human rights issues, and social challenges
  • Learn directly from experienced lawyers and human rights professionals
  • Add practical, real-world work experience to your CV
  • Decide if pursuing your passion for law or human rights is the right career path for you

In developed countries, we often take our human rights and access to legal advice for granted. But there are people around the world whose voices aren’t heard and whose causes aren’t championed. We connect interns like you with organisations in developing countries who work tirelessly to change this.

On our Law Internships Abroad, you can: 

  • Help provide legal aid to people who really need it
  • Work in a local law firm or NGO
  • Choose to specialise in areas like corporate law

On our Human Rights Internships Abroad, you can:

  • Help protect human rights and campaign for change
  • Work with organisations like charities or NGOs
  • Choose to specialise in areas like human rights law or social justice campaigns

Our projects are flexible and safe, and placements can be adjusted to your level of experience. This makes them ideal for undergraduates, graduates, and professionals! We also have programmes for teenagers interested in getting law and human rights work experience.

Choose a Law & Human Rights Project

1-9 of 15 Projects

A staff member keeps an eye on legal clinic volunteers

From £1,865

Law and Human Rights Internship in South Africa
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Live and work in Cape Town and gain work experience while learning from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A student speaks to a local man during a campaign on her Human Rights internship in Argentina.

From £1,395

Human Rights Internship in Argentina
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Gain practical work experience and help raise awareness of human rights issues in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A lawyer consults with a client on the Law and Human Rights internship for teenagers in South Africa

From £1,970

Law and Human Rights Internships in South Africa for Teenagers
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Live in beautiful Cape Town and work alongside professionals to gain practical legal and human rights experience

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad group visits a local community during their Human Rights internships in Ghana.

From £1,545

Human Rights Internship in Ghana
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Gain hands-on human rights work experience while empowering and educating marginalised communities in Accra

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A human trafficking awareness campaign during our Human Rights internship for high school students in Argentina

From £1,695

Human Rights Internship in Argentina for Teenagers
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Work with people your age and learn directly from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Interns give a women's rights presentation on Projects Abroad's Human Rights internship for teenagers in Ghana

From £1,870

Human Rights Internships in Ghana for Teenagers
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Travel to Africa with a group of people your age and work with human rights and legal experts in disadvantaged communities

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A student is assisted by a Projects Abroad staff member during her Human Rights internship in Tanzania.

From £1,590

Human Rights Internship in Tanzania
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Get practical legal and human rights work experience while helping protect the rights of women and children

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad group attend a workshop during their  Law internships in China.

From £2,205

Law Internship in China
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Work with Chinese lawyers, gain work experience, and give your CV an edge with your experience abroad

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 4 weeks
High school students stand outside a local lawfirm on their Law and Business internship in China

From £1,870

Law and Business Internships in China for Teenagers
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Live in Shanghai with other teenagers and gain work experience at law firms and local companies

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is a Human Rights or Legal Internship Abroad right for me?

Our legal internships and human rights internships are open to people of all backgrounds and skill levels. To join a project, all you need to do is check that you meet the requirements, and fill in the application form. Our Project Experts are here to assist if you need help finding human rights or law volunteer opportunities that fit your goals.  

Curious about whether this is a good match for you? If you tick one or more of the options below, then the answer is yes! 

  • You’re interested in law placements for undergraduates
  • You’re asking yourself “Where should a first year law student intern?”
  • You’re eager to take on a human rights internship for undergraduates
  • You’re looking for an exciting twist on a law gap year programme
  • You’re a graduate or professional wanting legal volunteer opportunities 

You can also join if you’re simply wanting to better understand legal, human rights and social issues in developing countries.

Adding international work experience to your CV will strengthen applications for school or jobs, and give you fascinating points to talk about in essays and interviews. It can also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in law or human rights. 

You don’t need experience to join a law placement or human rights internship. You’ll be in a well-supported environment, working alongside professional lawyers, campaigners, and Projects Abroad staff. Your day-to-day tasks will see you doing things like, research, reviewing cases, and delivering presentations. You may also work on social justice campaigns to raise awareness of and create change around challenging issues.  

Interested in something broader than a Law & Human Rights Internship? You may be interested in International Development Internships or Social Work Internships. Read our full list of internships abroad.

Local women listen to a presentation about human rights on one of our Law internships abroad.

Summer Law Internships

Most of our Law & Human Rights Internships run throughout the year, so we can easily accommodate anyone looking for legal work experience in the summer. Flexi Trips are ideal for undergraduates interested in summer law internships, and our High School Special Project in China offers internships at law firms for high school students

Applying for a legal internship in the summer last minute? Read our blog about volunteering abroad on short notice, and what you need to consider.

What will I gain from a Law & Human Rights Internship?

A global internship gives you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career. You’ll also get unique international work experience that you can talk about at interviews.

Here are just some of the benefits that our previous interns talk about: 

  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Legal expertise in your chosen subject area.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.

All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

How are our Law & Human Rights Internships different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your internship is ethical and well supported. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internship programmes.

Be fully supported by staff

On our human rights and legal volunteer opportunities, you’ll work alongside professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions, and hear more about their experiences. You’ll be given tasks that stretch and challenge you, but you’ll be supported to ensure you get real results. This is an incredible opportunity to learn through doing, while being mentored by experts.

Projects that have an impact

All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term. Your internship is an opportunity to genuinely make an impact on the lives of others.

A Projects Abroad staff member guides an intern during an interview on one of our legal internships abroad.

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