OPBP provides internship opportunities and grants for graduate students to undertake public interest work. The internship programme is managed with the assistance of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law.

1. OPBP Internship Fund: Women’s Legal Centre (Cape Town) and IDIA (Bangalore)

The OPBP Internship Fund’s purpose is to assist Oxford graduate students to undertake unpaid internships at public interest organisations. In 2017, we are offering summer internships at two partner organisations, the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town and IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access) in Bangalore.

Eligibility

The internships are open to students currently pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate course in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil).

Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship.

Additionally, applicants may apply for other internships, including the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Fellowships (see https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/centres-institutes/bonavero-institute-human-rights). Where applications are made for than one internship or fellowship, applicants should indicate their order of preference with regard to the different fellowships. 

Applicants should demonstrate from their qualifications, especially their studies in Oxford, that they have sufficient knowledge of human rights law to make an effective contribution. Usually, applicants will have taken a course related to human rights law in an Oxford taught programme or will have engaged in research in an aspect of human rights law as part of their studies in Oxford.

Selection Criteria

The following selection criteria will be used:

  1. suitability of the applicant to the internship to be undertaken, with regard to background and experience;
  2. benefit to the applicant’s professional development and a possible future career in public interest law by undertaking the internship;
  3. ability of the applicant to demonstrate commitment to public interest legal work, including past participation in OPBP projects and/or the OPBP Executive Committee or other public interest work; and
  4. genuine financial need.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for an OPBP internship, please submit the following to zoe.davis-heaney@law.ox.ac.uk by noon, on Monday, 8 May 2017:

  1. a cover letter describing how your area of study is relevant to the internship and your reasons for wishing to undertake the internship;
  2. a full curriculum vitae, which should indicate what previous work you have undertaken in the broad field of human rights law, including whether you have been an active member of Oxford Pro Bono Publico or undertaken other public interest work;
  3. official academic transcripts;
  4. two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to your abilities in the field of human rights law. In the case of current research students, at least one of the referees should be your supervisor;
  5. a statement disclosing any and all other sources of funding (e.g. scholarship stipends, personal funds or college grants).

The successful candidate will receive a stipend to contribute to travel, living and other expenses associated with the internship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account. Interviews are likely to take place in the week of 22nd May 2017 and the decision will be announced by 12th June 2017.  Successful candidates will be expected to provide a full report on their work at the end of their internship.

2. OPBP Internship Fund: (general applications)

In addition, OPBP welcomes applications from Oxford graduate students who wish to undertake internships at other organisations engaged in work related to human rights.  Applicants must establish that they have been offered an internship by the organisation, and also provide a description of the work the organisation undertakes.

Eligibility

Students currently pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate course in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil) may apply.

Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship.

Additionally, applicants may apply for other internships, including the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Fellowships (see https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/centres-institutes/bonavero-institute-human-rights). Where applications are made for more than one internship or fellowship, applicants should indicate their order of preference with regard to the different fellowships. 

Applicants should demonstrate from their qualifications, especially their studies in Oxford, that they have sufficient knowledge of human rights law to make an effective contribution. Usually, applicants will have taken a course related to human rights law in an Oxford taught programme or will have engaged in research in an aspect of human rights law as part of their studies in Oxford.

Selection Criteria

The following selection criteria will be used in determining successful candidates:

  1. relevance and value of internship to OPBP’s current work and possible future collaborations;
  2. suitability of the applicant to the internship to be undertaken, with regard to background and experience;
  3. benefit to the applicant’s professional development and a possible future career in public interest law by undertaking the internship;
  4. ability of the applicant to demonstrate commitment to public interest legal work, including past participation in OPBP projects and/or the OPBP Executive Committee or other public interest work;
  5. genuine financial need; and
  6. availability of funds to OPBP.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for to the general OPBP internship fund, please submit the following to zoe.davis-heaney@law.ox.ac.uk by noon, on Monday, 8 May 2017:

  1. a cover letter describing the internship you have been offered, the nature of the organisation that is offering the internship, how your area of study is relevant to the internship and your reasons for wishing to undertake the internship;
  2. a full curriculum vitae, which should indicate what previous work you have undertaken in the broad field of human rights law, including whether you have been an active member of Oxford Pro Bono Publico or undertaken other public interest work;
  3. official academic transcripts;
  4. two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to your abilities in the field of human rights law. In the case of current research students, at least one of the referees should be your supervisor;
  5. a statement disclosing other sources of funding (e.g. scholarship stipends, personal funds or college grants).

The successful candidate will receive a stipend to contribute to travel, living and other expenses associated with the internship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account. Interviews are likely to take place in the week of 22nd May 2017 and the decision will be announced by 12th June 2017.  Successful candidates will be expected to provide a full report on their work at the end of their internship.