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 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. Summer 2018/19 and Term 1 opportunities area available here (updated 06/08/18).

When does the course run?

Only self-organised interstate and overseas internships will be available over Summer 2018/2019.  Semester 2 2018 is the final opportunity for students to undertake a local (Sydney-based) internship for course credit before the UNSW 3+ calendar commences.

How do I apply?

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

Next application round 

Summer 2018/2019 applications open at 10am on Tuesday 7 August 2018 and close at 9am on Monday 20 August 2018.  Summer 2018/19 and Term 1 opportunities area available here (updated 06/08/18).

To apply for self-organised interstate, regional and overseas internships, visit self-organised interstate and overseas internships page.

Apply here


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