The aim of the internship programme is to contribute to the training of young professional human rights workers, in particular those from Africa.
Interns are usually students in law, political science or social science seeking to expand their experience in the field of human rights. Internships are also available in areas of information technology and administration. Internships may last between three months and one year.
Nature of work
Prior to the commencement of an internship, a successful internship applicant or their sponsoring organisation will discuss with us the work the intern will do and targets to be achieved. Interns work under the supervision of the officer responsible for the chosen project/area of interest.
Interns are expected to pay for all their expenses including travel to and from The Gambia and living costs. In exceptional circumstances, IHRDA may pay a modest stipend depending on availability of funding.
IHRDA also hosts volunteers, skilled and experienced professionals, who come to take part and contribute to its programmes. Volunteers could apply for a specific position as advertised by IHRDA.
Applicants must complete the Internship Application Form and e-mail their curriculum vitae six month in advance of the proposed dates of internship. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified within a month of receipt of their applications.
Fatima Mboge – Communications Intern (Gambian)
Fatima is a law student at the University of The Gambia Law Faculty. She gained admission in 2010 and will earn her LLB degree in 2013. She attended Ndow’s Comprehensive Junior and Senior Secondary School from 2003- 2009. She also has a certificate in Information Technology which she acquired from QuantumNet Institute of Technology and a certificate in Elementary French which she acquired in Alliance Franco Gambia. Presently she is the Sensitization Officer of the University of the Gambia law Clinic. As an aspiring legal practitioner and advocate for human rights and justice, she is dedicated to exploring means to improve her capacity and knowledge about human rights, hence preparing to contribute her quarter in the field of human rights.
She likes going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Jean – Marc Lacourciere – Legal Intern (Canadian)
Jean-Marc is a fourth-year law student at McGill University in Montréal, Québec (Canada). He joined IHRDA thanks to a new partnership with McGill’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy in 2010, also from McGill University.
Jean-Marc travelled to Kosovo after his first year of legal studies, where as an intern with a small NGO (Kosovo Law Centre) he conducted a research project on the jurisprudence of Kosovo’s Constitutional Court on human rights and minority rights. He worked as the coordinator of McGill’s High School Outreach Program, which organizes legal workshops for high school students in underprivileged communities, in his second year of study. He currently works for a Montréal law firm, Trudel & Johnston, specialized in public interest class action litigation.
Jean-Marc also enjoys sports like rugby and alpine skiing, reading, classic rock and spending time with friends.
Penda Sowe – Admin Intern (Gambian)
She is a holder of a Diploma and Advance Diploma in Banking and Finance acquired from the Management Development Institute (2008-2009), she has a Junior and Senior Secondary school leaving certificate acquired from Saint Augustine’s Junior Secondary School (2002- 2005) and Saint Joseph Senior Secondary School (2005-2008) respectivly.She has the ambition to pursue a bachelor degree in banking and finance hence, contribute to the advancement of banking.
She likes listening to music, watching TV, going to the beach and spending time with her family.
Holly Klein – Legal Intern (American)
Holly is a second-year law student at the Washington College of Law at the American University in Washington, DC. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs in 2009 from The George Washington University, also in Washington, DC. After obtaining her undergraduate degree Holly worked at an international trade law firm for a year and a half then traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to work at the Scalabrini Centre before attending law school. At the Scalabrini Centre Holly taught English and conducted a research project on xenophobia affecting Somali shop owners in the townships. And explored the possible legal measures that could be taken to reduce violence against Somali refugees in the Western Cape.
She likes playing soccer, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Agnes Asigo – Communications Intern (Nigerian)
Agnes is a graduate from the Rivers state University of Science of Technology (Port Harcourt), Nigeria, where she obtained her bachelor of science degree in mass communication. In her final year, she wrote her dissertation or undergraduate Long Essay/Project work on Human Rights in Nigeria: The government and the mass media. Also in 2012, she joined Bayelsa Waves newspaper (Yenagoa), Nigeria as an industrial attaché. She’s now joined IHRDA in Gambia on an internship to learn more about human rights, its procedures and rudiments.
Agnes also loves football, classical music and making new friends.