The Bonavero Institute Summer Fellowship at Liberty in London is an eight-week internship, tenable from early July to late September 2019. 

About Liberty

Liberty is a high-profile campaigning organisation that has been fighting for human rights and civil liberties for over eighty years. Founded in the vestry hall of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields church in 1934, following a violent police response to national protests against poverty, Liberty today works on a diverse array of issues, including non-discrimination, migrants’ rights, protest, privacy, digital rights, free speech, police misconduct and access to justice.

We are a uniquely multi-disciplinary team, working to achieve change through a powerful combination of lobbying, strategic litigation, public campaigning, member activism, and providing free advice and information to the public. Summer interns at Liberty will join our team of advocates, lawyers, and policy experts.

About the internship at Liberty

An intern’s work will vary depending on the organisation’s needs and the timing of certain campaigns, parliamentary events, and legal cases. At the current time, Liberty’s work is focused especially on protecting and strengthening the UK human rights framework after Brexit, ending immigration detention, pushing back on the Government’s “hostile environment” toward migrants, challenging the UK’s surveillance regime, protecting digital rights, challenging the use of privacy-invasive technologies in the criminal justice system (including automated facial recognition, risk assessment algorithms, and predictive policing technology), and protecting soldiers’ rights. Liberty also maintains a consistent focus on the right to protest, free speech, police reform, access to justice, and Government approaches to terrorism and “counter-extremism,” and we are planning to expand our work on the rights of people with mental health disabilities. Within these topics, there is some flexibility to match the intern’s work to his or her particular areas of interest.

About the Bonavero Fellowship at Liberty

The successful candidate will receive a maximum of £2,700 to cover travel, living and other expenses associated with the fellowship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account.

Please refer to the overview page referring specifically to the application process and eligibility criteria.


This Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from Eric L.ewis.