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Legal Protection Internship, London, United Kingdom

Organisation: UNHCR

Job Title: Legal Protection Intern

Duty Station: London, United Kingdom

Duration: 6 months

Type of Contract: Internship

UNHCR is recruiting an intern to support the Legal Protection Team within UNHCR UK. We are looking for talented law graduates with a commitment to refugee issues. The internship is for six months, full-time, and is a great way to help make a difference to the lives of refugees and asylum-seekers in the UK and abroad. More general opportunities for training and developing knowledge of the sector will be available to all interns.


You will actively participate in the work of the Legal Protection Team in the London office and will be responsible for a variety of protection issues and tasks, including individual case work, independent research, and preparation of briefing notes, background papers and reports. Your interest and expertise will be taken into consideration when guiding some of your workload.


The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.



Duties may include:

  • Handle calls, emails and letters from persons of concern to UNHCR UK;
  • Liaise with UNHCR colleagues around the world and a range of other domestic and international actors in order to provide appropriate support, information and advice to persons making contact with UNHCR UK;
  • Handle individual case queries;
  • Undertake independent research on issues relevant to domestic or international asylum legislation, policy and practice;
  • Assist in the preparation of legal interventions;
  • Prepare and participate in refugee law and protection training activities;
  • Support the drafting of reports, briefing notes and background papers on matters relevant to UNHCR protection activities in the UK;
  • Participate in and report from seminars, meetings and other events relevant to the organisation.



  • Law degree; and
  • Good knowledge of refugee and human rights law at an international, European and UK level; and
  • Work experience (including voluntary work experience) in the refugee and/or human rights law field; and
  • Fluency in oral and written English; and
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, including vulnerable people; and
  • Ability to time-manage and organise a varied workload including tasks with strict and urgent deadlines; and
  • A recent graduate or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university or higher education facility accredited by UNESCO.

An individual whose father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister is a staff member of UNHCR, including a Temporary Appointment holder or a member of the Affiliate Workforce, is not eligible for an internship.



Tentative start date: Monday 11th November 2019.


Interns may be eligible for funding through scholarships from universities or other external sources and are encouraged to look into this. A food and transportation allowance of maximum 1,000 USD per month is available for un-sponsored interns.


Interested applicants should return their CV and covering letter to the Legal Protection Team in the London office. Applications should be submitted by email. Please state clearly within the subject line that you are applying for the Legal Protection Internship programme. Applicants must have a right to work in the UK. Please clearly state in your application the details of your availability and your right to work in the UK.


The deadline for applications is 5pm London Time (GMT), Thursday 31st October 2019.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 4th November 2019.

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Posted on: 21 October 2019
Closed date: 31 October 2019
Tags: Legal

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