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Human Rights Internships in Cambodia

  • Placement location: Phnom Penh
  • Role: To work alongside a humanitarian organization in addressing issues and representing local communities
  • Types of Placements: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Requirements: Interns must have completed at least three years of a related undergraduate degree and have a strong interest in human rights issues.
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer apartments
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Volunteers on the Human Rights Project in Cambodia work in the office

Our Human Rights internships in Cambodia are based in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The placements give you the opportunity to work alongside a respected humanitarian organization while gaining first-hand experience in human rights law in practice. An internship at this organization is a valuable addition to your resume and will provide you with some great points to talk about in a job interview once you graduate.

You must have completed at least three years of a related undergraduate degree and have a strong interest in human rights issues to join this internship. We also encourage you to apply if you have a related degree or relevant work experience.

Interning in Human Rights in Phnom Penh

Did you know? Despite legal protections in place, at least 30,000 residents of Phnom Penh have been forcibly evicted from their homes by the government. Around 150,000 Cambodians throughout the rest of the country are at risk of forced eviction as well.

As a Human Rights intern, you will work with one of our partner Human Rights organizations in Phnom Penh. The organizations are non-profit NGOs that focus on a variety of Human Rights issues through promoting people's rights and consultation. The organizations work to represent local communities and develop laws that are in the public interest. They also train groups like Commune Councils so they understand the rights communities possess.

Recent areas that these organizations have been involved in include promoting housing rights by helping groups that have been evicted from certain areas gain compensation for losing their land, and working with marginalized communities at risk of losing their livelihoods.

International Human Rights Experience with Projects Abroad

Your precise role will be determined by your background and level of interest in specific areas. Interns work under the supervision of the local staff. Depending which organization you join you could be working in the following areas: housing rights, and land rights.

The majority of the work is usually office based, though you may have the opportunity to participate in site visits within Phnom Penh, attend meetings or workshops, or visit one of the provinces. All interns can expect to be involved in researching and collecting documents, compiling reports, and editing and translating written materials.

Volunteer Profile Lansana Dolley - Human Rights in Cambodia
Lansana Dolley
On a very practical level, using my internship period to volunteer has provided more beneficial than I had ever imagined possible. My internship experience has demonstrated the possibility of amazing career paths and inspired me to use my university degree towards future Human Rights projects, volunteer and non-governmental organization (NGO) roles. Read more...

If you have qualifications or experience in this field then we can make use of your skills volunteering abroad as a professional in Cambodia.

While you’re in Cambodia, you might also consider joining a 1 week Culture & Community Project. For more information, please visit our Khmer Project in Cambodia. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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