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INTERNSHIP & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The LAC offer internships to law students and law graduates in the following areas:

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the their suitability and the present needs of the organisation.

Interns should be willing to commit to a minimum of three months time frame. Further consideration will be given to applicants who are able to commit to a longer period of time. Applicants must obtain their own funding since the LAC cannot assist with accommodation, transport and living allowances.

Interested candidates should apply to the LAC in writing via email.


INTERN & VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS

"PROMOTING HUMAN rights….defending human rights is a challenge no matter where in the world you come from. In my opinion, it requires not only a gathering of strategic minds, but also passion, compassion, imagination, tenacity and guts… The LAC did not disappoint!"

Sarah Field, Ireland, June – December 2004

“AS SOMEONE whose task it has been at the University of Vermont, to evaluate internship placements and experiences, I can most heartily endorse the internships at the LAC. This judgement is based on extensive first hand experience there. Not only is the work challenging and stimulating but interns are exposed to a diversity of opinions, lifestyles and cultures which make it an incredibly enriching experience for the intern and for the LAC.”

Dr Robert J Gordon, professor of anthropology, University of Vermont

"I INTERNED at the GR&AP in the summer of 2007 through the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program. I absolutely loved my experience working there. I found the staff at the GR&AP and the LAC in general to be highly professional, dedicated, passionate about their work and brimming with knowledge which they were willing to share with me. I spent much of the summer performing research on Domestic Violence, a task which opened my eyes to the challenges of creating and enforcing effective legislation to advance women's rights. This research afforded me a unique opportunity to see the many and varied realities of Namibian women's lives as they intersect with the justice system. I also had the opportunity to travel to many of the country's remote regions where I saw some of the most breathtaking and extraordinary landscapes on earth. Most importantly, because the GR& AP's timely and incisive projects have a real impact on Namibian society, I felt that I was truly making a difference in Namibia by contributing to the GR & AP's mission."

Antonia Carew-Watts, Harvard Law School,
intern during June-August 2007

I RECOMMEND that anyone interested in Namibia, gender, and/or the law seek the opportunity to become an intern, a visiting scholar or do volunteer work at the Legal Assistance Centre’s Gender Research and Advocacy Project (GRAP). Advanced and emerging scholars will both benefit from working on short- or long-term projects with the staff at GRAP. My experiences, as a visiting scholar from January-June 2006, exceeded all of my expectations. It was truly a memorable and productive period which enhanced my professional and personal life on many levels. The staff at LAC, in general, and GRAP, in particular, was friendly, welcoming and provided an environment that fostered team spirit and professional development. Anne, Naomi, and Wairimu were brilliant to work with and eager to facilitate the needs of the voluntary staff. With their assistance, and the help of Co-ordinator Dianne Hubbard, I was easily able to network and establish contacts with important academics and the directors of the major NGOs. My only regret is not having a longer time to spend at GRAP. I am already looking for funding in order to return.

Dr Suzanne Lafont, City University of New York (CUNY)

"I INTERNED with the GR&AP at the LAC from September 2005 to March 2006, sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs.  My internship enabled me to see an effective public interest legal organization in action, strengthening my faith in the law to create positive change in society.  The research I did for the GR&AP opened my eyes to some of the grim realities in southern Africa, yet the hard work and victories won by the people struggling to overcome them inspired me.  I met mentors and role models who change the way I see the world.  My internship allowed me to travel across Namibia and see incredible sights I would never have seen.  It was a once in a lifetime experience, and truly the time of my life." 

Amanda Dodge, Canada

The Canadian Bar Association sponsored me to work at the Legal Assistance Centre for the Gender Research and Advocacy Project in 2004-2005. During my time at the Legal Assistance Centre, I assisted with a number of important projects, including:

  • Creating informational materials on new child protection legislation
  • Research on corporal punishment of children in Namibia
  • Conducting key informant interviews on proposed reforms to Namibia’s divorce laws
  • Updating NAMLEX, an index to the laws of Namibia
  • Compiling a list of publications about gender in Namibia
 

My work at the Legal Assistance Centre provided me with invaluable insights into the development and human rights challenges facing Southern African today.

Hilary Blain, Canada

"I HAD the privilege of completing an internship at the Gender Research and Advocacy Program which was sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs.  My internship at the LAC has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to work with many wonderful human rights activists and lawyers, to immerse myself in the diverse cultures of Namibia, to explore the beauty of the country, and do some of the most challenging legal work of my career. The internship also allowed me to gain international legal skills and work experience. I was able to participate in important research projects and learn how to make the law accessible to those with the least access. This foundation in international human rights law has solidified my belief in the rule of law as a progressive tool for social change."

Sonia Eggerman, Canadian lawyer, intern from August 2006-March 2007

 

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