Campaign launched to fund human rights internships

The Equal Rights Trust has launched a campaign to fund more internships for people aiming to work in human rights.

The Bob Hepple Memorial Fund is aiming to raise £10,000 to fund four legal interns and a fellow for three months.

The Trust is one of the few organisations to run paid human rights internships. Interns can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to work three days a week for three months, or £4,000 for six months. Their jobs include making submissions to UN bodies, research for reports, fundraising, preparing legal case summaries and monitoring the media for changes to legislation.

Ben Smith, a current legal research intern at the Trust, said: “It was disappointing to devote so much of my academic life to human rights and to find that many of the opportunities to put my knowledge into practice weren’t open to me. I couldn’t work in London for a lengthy duration without being paid – the Trust’s internship made all the difference to me”.