The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), whose offices are based at QMUL Law School, is now accepting applications for the 2018 QMUL Law School summer internship.

BIHR is a national independent human rights charity committed to bringing human rights to life in the UK. Founded over 45 years ago, we work to support people and organisations to: 

  • know what human rights are
  • use human rights in everyday life, by supporting voluntary sector groups and public services to put human rights into practice without court action
  • encourage respect for human rights laws and systems, communicating our evidence of human rights in action in the UK, to inform national law and policy change

The Internship Scheme

BIHR moved to QMUL's Law School in 2011 and as part of our relationship we teach the clinical module “Securing Human Rights” and run a paid internship scheme exclusively for QM law students. You do not have to have studied our clinical module to apply for the internship, they are completely separate. The internship offers students a unique opportunity to gain experience and insight into the workings of a charity at the forefront of human rights issues in the UK.

We are seeking one intern for 1.5 days a week for 8 weeks. Interns working days will be on Tues, Wed or Thurs in BIHR’s offices in the Law School (Mile End campus), although there is some flexibility on days. The internship will take place between July and September, with a start date at the end of July. This is an 8 week part-time internship; however we will consider condensing the time/hours, for example 3 days a week over 4 weeks. This is a paid internship, which meets the London Living Wage (equivalent to £10.55 per hour).

Interns will help support BIHR’s research, policy, education and communications work, as well as provide practical and administrative support for some of our flagship projects and internal knowledge organisation. Last  year interns primarily worked on BIHR’s innovative new project to develop an online tool on health and human rights which translates BIHR’s resources on mental health and capacity (available here) into a new interactive website. Tasks could include:

  • a range of research, including legal research on recent relevant case law and legislative developments
  • preparing materials for consultation meetings and other sessions
  • logistical research and data capture and analysis (e.g. of feedback and evaluations)
  • communications and marketing

Interns will have the opportunity to experience various areas of BIHR’s work; for example, if scheduling allows, there may be BIHR trainings and external events which can been attended, including accompanying / shadowing Director and Policy and Programmes Manager. You can read more about BIHR’s 2018 summer interns here, and an example blog they wrote for BIHR here.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a student who has an understanding of UK human rights law and who is interested in the application of these laws to practice. Please note BIHR does not provide legal advice, casework or litigation; this internship will not provide experience in any of these areas. Applicants for the summer internship scheme should be able to show they have:


  • A people person, with a can do attitude, willing to work positively within a small team
  • A clear interest in BIHR’s work
  • Interest in domestic human rights and their value for people in the UK, beyond the courtrooms, showing an understanding of BIHR’s work.
  • A sound knowledge of the Human Rights Act, demonstrated through academic study, or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • An interest in other areas of law relevant to human rights in the UK, including mental health and/or mental capacity issues, family law, immigration, etc. and how human rights can support people facing issues in these areas.
  • Good research skills, including the ability to use legal databases e.g. Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, etc.
  • Good IT skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, the ability to learn how to use new packages and Apps (e.g. Canva, Send in Blue, Hootsuite), and willingness to work on website development with staff.
  • The ability and willingness to carry out administrative tasks to a high standards, recognising the importance of such tasks
  • Good organisational skills with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to deadlines, as well as take direction
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills – including fluency in English:
    • Verbal skills include a confident telephone manner.
    • Written skills include a clear concise written style with the ability to use plain English.


  • Knowledge of the European Convention on Human Rights demonstrated through academic study, or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of other areas of law intersecting with human rights, including mental health and/or mental capacity issues, family law, immigration, etc. through academic study, or demonstrable equivalent experience.
  • Experience of, or an interest in, learning about using social media to communicate with people, including Twitter, Facebook, etc.


Application Process

You can download the Internship Application Form here and the Equality and Diversity Form here. You MUST use this application form; please ensure you read the form fully and complete it in accordance with the instructions. Incomplete application or CVs and covering letters will NOT be considered.

Please send your Application Form and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (which will be detached from your application) to [email protected]. The deadline for receiving applications is 10am on Monday 8 July, with interviews taking place at BIHR during the week commencing 15 July, and the internship starting the week commencing the 29 July.  

Disabled Applicants: BIHR operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the role. This requires meeting 70% of the person specification essential criteria. For further information about our policy on this please contact Rephael on [email protected] 0207 882 5850.