Law and Human Rights Internships in Mongolia
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Role: To assist in many aspects of work at a Mongolian law or human rights organisation
- Types of Placement: Law firm, Human Rights organisations
- Requirements: Volunteers need to have completed at least 1 year of a Law degree
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Our Law and Human Rights internships in Mongolia are based in the intriguing city of Ulaanbaatar, geographically the most remote capital in the world. Here you will live and work close to the city center, but your walk to the office will take you past a patchwork blanket of different habitations, large tower blocks, and tented 'Ger' districts. This law internship is unlike any other!
We work with a number of different organizations in law and human rights. These organizations operate in fields that are constantly developing as Mongolia changes to keep up with the rest of the world. Less than two decades ago the country was run by a government whose policies were very closely aligned to the Communist model. The legal framework in place was based on the former Soviet Union, but when that came to an end in 1990 so too did the old Mongolian system. Within two years, a new democratic state and constitution were established in Mongolia.
As one of the smaller world economies, and due to the vast area the country covers compared to its population, the Mongolian legal system was based on customary law and was initially rather slow to develop. In recent years, an increasingly outward-looking country is now bringing about fundamental changes and you have a chance to be involved in this process!
Both our Law and Human Rights internships in Mongolia will be a valuable addition to your resume in this notoriously competitive profession; it might just secure you that lucrative first job once you graduate. An internship with one of our partner organizations will give you some fantastic experiences to talk about in an interview.
Both Law and Human Rights interns should expect to work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, with the option of working longer hours if they choose. All interns need to show a good level of initiative; all our Law and Human Rights internships are fast-paced, so interns who seek their own work, ask questions and make an impact on their supervisors will have a first class learning experience.
Interning on a Law Internship in Mongolia with Projects Abroad
If you intern on our law project in Mongolia you will work for a company that deals with a wide range of clients in both economic and legal fields. You will be involved in many different aspects of the legal process; you may be interviewing people, writing legal opinions, researching cases, or doing contract work.
One of our largest partner organizations operates as a consultancy to a number of large companies, both domestic and international. In addition to your other duties, you may wish to provide your colleagues with some assistance with law related English to improve their confidence dealing with international clients.
All law interns are expected to have some law experience. Most of our interns are part way through a law course or have completed their studies and are interested in gaining practical work experience in a law firm abroad.
Interning on a Human Rights Internship in Mongolia
Human rights law is a rapidly expanding area in the Mongolian legal system and you can have a great deal of involvement if you are enthusiastic and reliable. One of the areas you may be asked to look at is the state of human rights legislation in countries in the west, with the aim of developing the Mongolian model by lobbying the Mongolian parliament.
We work with organizations such as The National Center Against Violence and The Gender Equality Center, encompassing everything from sexism in the workplace to domestic violence. Other areas include human trafficking and child protection; these organizations are very flexible and will respond to any new issues that need attention.
Many of the organizations we work with are not-for-profit. In addition to working on individual cases, you may find yourself networking with people from other organizations and running campaigns to raise public awareness about these different areas. If you are comfortable with your writing abilities, you may be able to assist with the development of their website.
I applied for my human rights internship as an inexperienced high school student, but Projects Abroad found me the perfect placement that provided me with a unique learning experience in an atmosphere that I grew very fond of. I left Mongolia with a strong, basic understanding of human rights regulations around the world. Read more...
No previous experience or qualifications are required to take part on a Human Rights internship, all we ask is that you have an interest in the area, lots of enthusiasm and are willing to work hard. If you do have relevant experience, this will of course be very welcome and you may be asked to look at the structure of the organization, provide ideas on best practice and visit other offices outside of Ulaanbaatar.