The Australian Human Rights Institute offers a wide range of internships for UNSW Law & Justice students, as well as an internship for Media students.  

Australian Human Rights Institute internships 

*Available to Law & Justice students via LAWS3555/JURD7555. For internship application dates and deadlines, current UNSW Law students should visit myLaw or contact Law Student Services for more information.  

Under this internship, interns can choose to join any of the following four projects: 

1. Modern Slavery Project 

Work with the Institute Director on our modern slavery research project. This is a government-funded project that is examining the effectiveness of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act and analysing the risks of modern slavery in global supply chains. Interns will support the ongoing research and analysis and work with Professor Justine Nolan and the broader research team. Interns will also have the opportunity to work on major events and advocacy activities at the Institute. Interns will develop human rights skills and gain a better understanding of the pathways into human rights work. 

2. Health and Human Rights Program 

The Health and Human Rights Program is co-convened by the Australian Human Rights Institute and The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney. The aim of the program is to influence the realisation of human rights by addressing human rights violations and their health consequences through a multidisciplinary approach. 

Under the Health and Human Rights Program internship, interns will be working with Dr Janani Shanthosh (Senior Research Fellow, Health Economics, and Health & Human Rights Program Manager).  Jan holds a joint appointment with both Institutes.

This Program seeks to embed human rights-based approaches within systems of accountability, and research into the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies. 

The intern will have opportunities to work on advocating for the protection and advancement of health-related rights globally. As well as strengthening leadership and governance in human rights, particularly in confronting health inequities faced by marginalised populations 

3. UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities internship 

Interns work alongside Rosemary Kayess, Committee Member on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in preparing report submissions to the UN Committee. 

As an intern for the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities, you will be working alongside other interns undertaking work for Australian Human Rights Institute.  

4. Migrant Justice Worker Institute internship 

The Migrant Justice Institute is Australia’s first national organisation dedicated to achieving fair treatment and justice for Australia’s 2 million migrant workers, and the 200 million migrant workers globally.  Visit their website to learn more about their work and projects. 

The Migrant Justice Institute is recruiting for an intern to join their talented team committed to building a society in which everyone can live and work with dignity and access to justice, regardless of immigration status.  

As an intern for the Migrant Justice Institute, you will be working alongside other interns undertaking work for Australian Human Rights Institute.  

Australian Journal of Human Rights internship 

*Available to Law & Justice students via LAWS3183/JURD7383. For internship application dates and deadlines, current UNSW Law students should visit myLaw or contact Law Student Services for more information.  

The Australian Journal of Human Rights (AJHR) is a publication of the Australian Human Rights Institute. Interns will work with the editorial team of Australia's first peer-reviewed journal devoted exclusively to human rights development in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and internationally. Interns will complete diverse tasks relating to all aspects of the production cycle, from screening submissions to identifying and liaising with reviewers, and copyediting manuscripts before they are sent to production. Read more about the journal here.  

Media/Communications internship 

Internships with the Australian Human Rights Institute are also available to UNSW students enrolled in MDIA3007 Media and Arts Internship. Media/Communications interns assist the Institute's communications team to promote our activities and events to media, the public and those involved in human rights work.

For inquiries, please contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Work Integrated Learning Unit