Human Rights Internships in Argentina
- Placement location: Córdoba
- Role: To work within a professional organization addressing the issues of justice and human dignity
- Requirements: None
- Types of Placement: Projects Abroad Human Rights Office
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Project Abroad’s Human Rights project in Argentina is based in Córdoba and offers interns the unique opportunity to get involved at a grass roots level, raising awareness of human rights in a variety of marginalized communities or at risk groups.
Humans Rights interns in Argentina work at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Córdoba. The work is suitable for interns with a general interest in human rights, law students seeking an externship placement, and graduates and legal professionals seeking practical experience. The experience will serve to boost any resume while participating in worthwhile campaigns to advance change.
Fully qualified lawyers or human rights professionals are welcome to join this project and will have an important role to play at the Human Rights Office.
While knowledge of Spanish is not compulsory for this project, it does generally allow interns to get more involved and have a more worthwhile experience. If you are not confident in your Spanish, we recommend taking a Spanish Language Course before or during your internship.
Interning on a Human Rights Program in Argentina
The Projects Abroad Human Rights Office is a professional organization with a demanding program, and as such must be taken seriously. The project requires interns with a strong interest in effecting positive change while keeping in mind the long-term aim.
As a Human Rights intern you will be allocated work that meets your skills, interests, and preferences. Interns usually work with people or communities needing a wide range of assistance, and in some cases you may be working with abused and vulnerable individuals.
Day-to-day tasks may involve:
- Interviewing victims/perpetrators of human rights abuses.
- Academic research and reporting.
- Out-of-office fieldwork, including outreach projects with abused women and children’s shelters, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and disadvantaged communities.
- Presentations to local communities.
- Attending and planning for human rights related conferences, workshops, and public debates.
Interns may also spend a few hours per week working alongside our in-house lawyer giving legal advice to people suffering from issues like domestic violence and housing disputes.
Doing real work, helping real people, going out into the world and performing tasks that I wasn’t ever quite sure I was qualified for- this is what has helped me to grow as a person and gain independence and agency. I have gone from being an idealist with an interest in human rights, to being a functional person who is capable and knowledgeable about how to enact small but meaningful changes in peoples’ lives.
Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Argentina
The Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Argentina recognizes the necessity for re-building peaceful societies and communities respectful of human rights values, justice, and human dignity and the need to promote and protect the human rights of all.
Interns are involved in the following areas of work:
Education and Awareness
Human Rights awareness is conducted for two main reasons: education and empowerment. Many victims of abuses are not aware of their fundamental human rights or the protection afforded to them by law, while perpetrators are often unaware to the responsibilities they have to others. Educating the victims and the abusers is therefore extremely important and leads naturally to empowerment, as increased understanding and awareness encourage legal conformity and access to justice in the future.
The Projects Abroad Human Rights Office regularly performs educational and awareness-raising outreach work to tackle a variety of human rights issues. These may involve travel to rural communities, schools, and other local institutions to make presentations and provide training. We often partner with relevant authorities to address issues of domestic violence, intestate succession, offender's rights, child labor, child trafficking, and the right to education, to name but a few.
Human Rights Monitoring
In order to identify communities and individuals in need of assistance we perform human rights monitoring. This targets areas and facilities to identify abuses, determine their gravity, assess the needs of people affected, prioritize victims, and determine a strategy to bring about change.
We also monitor facilities and activities of associate organizations to offer our most effective and efficient assistance. Such assistance may be in terms of personnel support, fundraising and financial assistance, or simply making recommendations.
This monitoring occurs in rural farming areas, in communities of foreign nationals or seasonal migrants, in city slums, in courts, in areas of landfill, in daily media and in facilities under the direction of state institutions or NGOs.
Monitoring also allows us to consider our own level of success so that we may perform better in the future.
Did you know? Projects Abroad recently helped 20% of Cordoba’s homeless population get free ID cards, which are necessary in Argentina for getting a job, accessing medical services, and obtaining pension funds.
Victims of human rights abuses will often come to our attention through our open door legal service and consultations, our monitoring and awareness projects, and through referrals from associate organizations and individuals. In such cases, we will proceed to assist those victims as directly as possible rather than offering assistance in a community setting.
While interns can join this project from 2 weeks or longer, we recommend that interns join us for as long as possible. Those interning for 2 to 4 weeks or sometimes find that it is not long enough to get as involved as they would have wanted to. However, if you show initiative and fully commit yourself to your work then you are able to get a great amount out of whatever length of time you spend here.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Argentina.