Postgraduate Human Rights | Law

Postgraduate Human Rights

The Human Rights Internship Program offers postgraduate Human Rights Law & Policy students the opportunity to undertake the placement component of the course with an organisation that has a focus on the protection and promotion of human rights.

This course is offered to all postgraduate Human Rights Law & Policy students in the below programs:

  • Master of Human Rights Law & Policy (9211)
  • Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law & Policy (5211)

Note: Students will only be permitted to undertake one internship course as part of their degree. 

What does the course involve?

Under the supervision of a member of the Partner Organisation and the Law Faculty, students will gain valuable experience in research, analysis, writing and advocacy on aspects of law, policy and practice relating to human rights. Interns are required to undertake the equivalent of one full day each week (for 12 weeks) of work at their Partner Organisation during session and to complete their project in close consultation with their Partner Organisation. Please note all placements are unpaid.  Interns may also choose to do a block placement in summer or winter at an international or remote host organisation. read more

Please note that participating host organisations change each semester according to the needs of the organisations at the time.  An updated list will be provided each semester during the Experiential Learning Application period.  For Summer 2017/2018 and Semester 1 2018 Round 3 please find the updated list - 9/10/2017 here


When does the course run?

The course runs every semester (S1, S2 and Summer), with applications opening mid-semester the session before the course commences.

There is also the option of  taking the course over the winter break (this is especially popular for international or remote placements). Winter interns will be enrolled in S2. 

How do I apply?

To apply please read the Application Process, (also for self-organised internships). Student can choose an organisation/s from the list of participating host organisations (indicated above) and complete the Application Form

Next application round 

  • Round 3 Summer 2017/2018 and Semester 1 2018 appplications will open 10am on Thursday 12 October 2017 and will close at 9am on Thursday 24 October 2017.



More information

UNSW Handbook Information for Postgraduate Human Rights Internship

Course Code: LAWS8052

Read a student's report and experiences on the course

Maria Lobato's Report from the Centre for Refugee Research


Law students should read the Risk Management & Insurance Information before applying to internships.

UNSW provides accidental injury insurance for students while participating in a UNSW activity (this included internships). 

Personal Accident Insurance for Students

Travel Insurance for Students

For more information on UNSW Insurance