Internship – Legal Department

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Do you want to promote human rights in Sweden and globally? Are you interested in learning how law can be used to hold human rights violators accountable? We are now looking for an intern to the Legal Department.

Civil Rights Defenders is an international human rights organisation defending civil and political rights. The Legal Department works to protect human rights in Sweden and globally. Our work in Sweden is mainly focusing on areas such as discrimination, hate crimes, Sami rights, rights while in detention, and asylum law.

Tasks and Opportunities

Together with our team, you will assist the department in their daily work to protect human rights in Sweden. You may also become involved in our international work. The tasks are varied and include legal research for ongoing legal and international processes, assisting the public with legal advice, and contributing to the planning and organising of our activities and events in Sweden and abroad. You will work closely with our Legal Director and Legal Advisors in Stockholm. The work also includes advocacy work in Sweden.

During the internship, Civil Rights Defenders will offer opportunities to take part in external events, seminars and meetings and will also arrange internal workshops on relevant topics within our field of work. The focus of the internship will be adapted depending on your skills. You will have a supervisor to help, guide and train you during the internship.

Desired profile

We are looking for an intern with some or all these characteristics:

  • Is close to finishing a Swedish law degree (all mandatory parts must be completed).
  • Has completed at least one course focusing on human rights, asylum law, discrimination law, or any other area relevant to the work of the department.
  • Has good knowledge of speaking and writing in Swedish and English.
  • Has the ability to work independently and responsibly. 
  • Is experienced in communication, writing articles, reports, research, social media, advocacy campaigns or grassroots communications.
  • Experience in a civil society organisation, whether local, regional, national or international, is considered a merit.
  • Has a genuine interest in human rights and a basic knowledge about the issues that Civil Rights Defenders works with.

Civil Rights Defenders only accepts interns who have internship as part of their formal education, if the internship is part of studies or follows in direct conjunction with finalised studies, or if it is part of a programme related to a public employment service. The internship is unpaid, however local transport costs during the internship period are covered (SL card purchase). Please note: Civil Rights Defenders is unable to assist with the Schengen visa.


The internship, which is located at our head office in Stockholm, runs till 22 December 2021. The application must be written in Swedish and include a cover letter, resume and a writing sample from within the context of your education (max one page). The writing sample may be an excerpt from a longer text. Please send your application to as soon as possible, but no later than 29 October 2021. Please write “Internship Application” in the subject line. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis, meaning the position could be filled ahead of the deadline.

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