Intern with us
HRLN’s internship programme is a challenging and interesting experience for those committed to human rights and social justice in India. We offer an exciting opportunity to participate in movements for social change and welcome people from all fields to contribute to our initiatives. Interns and volunteers are an integral part of our dynamic team and we greatly value their efforts, creativity and contributions.
HRLN appreciates the support it receives from its National and International interns/volunteers. Our interns and volunteers go back with the commitment to contribute to the society through the experience they have gained while working with us.
We welcome and encourage internship applications from students in law schools and Institutes of Social Work that are less well known and outside the metro cities.
We actively support women, dalit and disabled students and volunteers and will do our best to make reasonable adjustments to our working environments and practices to accommodate equal access and opportunities.
Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have exhibited an interest in human rights, social and legal issues, and an eagerness to interact, learn and teach, for example by their voluntary work or activism on relevant causes.
HRLN has zero tolerance for behaviour or attitudes that display sexism, racism, castism, homophobia, transphobia, or discrimination based on disability, age, community or religion. Our interns and volunteers will be treated in accordance with this code and in turn are expected to follow it while on placement with us.
HRLN is a voluntary organisation supported by donations and is therefore unable to pay or reimburse any intern or volunteer for their travel, food and accommodation expenses or provide insurance cover. Although you will always find HRLN colleagues helpful and friendly, as a small unit, we cannot provide assistance with accommodation and travel.
Enthusiastic people committed to human rights, with willingness to interact with others, and increase their hands-on experience of social and legal issues. They should have good research, writing and communications skills, as well as showing an ability to meet tight deadlines.
A minimum commitment of three months for international interns and one month for national interns who will work with an advocate or a social worker. Interns are expected to show professionalism while performing their tasks and produce a report at the end of their assignment.
Explore With Us
HRLN gives a wonderful opportunity for interns to meet their peers all over the world. They will explore the legal and social challenges people face in the human rights field in India and develop the skills to understand how the law and social activism can achieve practical benefits for ordinary people.
Interns will build their capacity
- In conducting research related to HRLN’s initiatives
- In drafting public interest petitions
- In conducting fact-finding missions,
- In writing articles and publications for the website
- In organizing workshops and conferences and such-like.
They might also be required to travel to other parts of India to conduct fact finding and research on human rights issues.
How to Apply
If you are interested to undertake an internship programme, please send your application form, a recommendation letter, writing sample and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with a title in the subject line of your email: ‘Internship at SLIC: (mention month)’.
Internships in Mumbai
HRLN Mumbai/ICHRL, welcome up to 15 interns each year. This represents 5% proportion of the number of applications we receive. Therefore, there is some competition for places. To ensure that spending time with us is a rewarding and enlightening experience for you and for us we have a structured application process, that facilitates a good match to expectations on both sides.
While, we encourage interns and volunteers from all disciplines to contribute to the work, you are advised to look up the scale and diversity of the work being undertaken. This will help you choose an area or areas of work you would want to associate with, during your period with us. You can do this by reading about our initiatives on the website and contacting earlier interns and volunteers to learn about the diversity of the work assigned to them. You can do this via our Facebook page.
We require a minimum commitment of
- Twelve weeks for international applicants
- Six weeks for Indian national applicants
Please ensure that you have done your research before you arrive in Mumbai. International visitors are especially advised to prepare themselves with adequate health cover, and information about the climate, diet, and cost of living before making the decision to come to HRLN. You are likely to have an exciting and sometimes demanding range of opportunities presented to you while you are with us. We aim to keep all our employees and associates safe and healthy but ultimately you are expected to come with the maturity and flexibility to cope in undeveloped areas, working amongst poor and disadvantaged people.
International universities, partners and agencies are requested to donate a sum of £500 to help to support the work of HRLN and specifically, a bursary scheme for Indian students from marginalised communities who could not otherwise afford to intern with us. Indian universities and institutions seeking positions for their students as part of their studies are also asked to consider making a contribution to the cause. Fund raising is an integral part of working in an NGO and all interns and volunteers are requested to fundraise on behalf of HRLN before, during and after their placement.
HRLN through Students for Human Rights (SHR) offers scholarships for students who belong to the marginalized sections of the Indian social strata such as Dalits, Tribals, and Muslims. The amount and period of these scholarships vary on a case to case basis. Applicants interested in availing of this scholarship need to fill in the Scholarship Application form available at the top of this page. Applicants can also E-mail their queries to email@example.com
HRLN – Mumbai / India Center for Human Rights and Law
Socio Legal Information Center
First Floor, Jalaram Krupa, 61, Janmabhoomi Marg, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001
Tel: +91-22-2282 0109/2282 0192 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people have the most at stake in India’s future. For this reason HRLN believes in reaching out to students, involving them and educating them on issues pertinent to human rights.
HRLN started the Students for Human Rights (SHR) programme in 2008 to build an independent national network of students aware of and prepared to work for human rights causes. In its first year SHR, with over 500 students from all over India, organised the first national convention of Students for Human Rights.
The network started in law colleges campuses, but today it has members across the entire educational sphere.
Every year at least 20 students belonging to marginalized groups (Dalits, Tribals and Muslims) receive scholarships under the SHR programme, enabling them to intern in any of HRLN offices across India. The purpose if the scholarship is to develop confidence and leadership skills amongst groups that are underrepresented in public life and particularly in the legal professions. The amount and period of the scholarship varies on a case-to-case basis.
If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please fill in the Scholarship Application form. Applicants can also E-mail their queries to email@example.com
For internships starting in between January and April, applications must be submitted by October of the previous year. For internships starting from September – December applications must be received by June in the same year.
Along with your application, please send a sample page of your written work in English or any Indian language. Grants are based on both qualifications and needs of specific units of HRLN.