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Internship Scheme: MA in Human Rights

As part of the MA in Human Rights, we assist students in finding internships with human rights organisations based in and around London. The purpose of these internships is to complement your studies and support you in achieving your professional goals.

We meet with those students interested in undertaking an internship and offer them individually tailored support, assessing their career interests and goals in order to match them with appropriate internships. We review CVs and offer support based on our long-standing experience with the application and interview process, giving our students a competitive edge when applying for internships.

Several organisations have taken our MA students as interns for several years, including ActionAid, Amnesty International, Anti-Slavery International and Minority Rights Group International.

The Human Rights Consortium also offers several in-house internships each year, working with the innovative research projects led by the MA faculty.

The internship placement is an optional component of the MA. Students seeking to obtain extra credits for this component will need to complete the equivalent of 25 working days to pass this module, and will be required to submit a 1000-word assessment of their placement experience.

Students are welcome to seek and find their own internships with human rights organisations prior to the start of the course and to arrange their own placement at any point in the academic year (and over the summer for part-time students).

The HRC regularly receives notification of internship and job opportunities in human rights; these are circulated among MA students, keeping you up-to-date with opportunities in the field.


"As part of this placement initiative I undertook part-time voluntary work within the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), a pan-European network of refugee-assisting NGOs. Whilst volunteering at ECRE I worked within the integration programme and I represented ECRE at an international NGO conference in Vienna that explored issues surrounding the integration of refugees and immigrants. The London Secretariat of ECRE was an extremely inclusive environment: volunteers were given responsibility, encouraged to participate fully and treated as active and valuable staff members."
Laura Stock (Information Officer, Hammersmith and Fulham Refugee Forum).

Students and lecturers introduce the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights


How MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies student, Sylvester Chapotera, aims to fulfil a lifetime goal

Sylvester Chapotera was awarded the Guy-Goodwin Scholarship on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. He tells us about how his programme of study contributes to his ambition to become a future leader in refugee protection.