To contribute to nurturing and developing upcoming Human Rights Defenders.
FHRI’s internship programme has continued to grow. FHRI runs an Internship Programme as an integral part of its human rights promotion agenda. The program is open to interns who have interest in human rights work; from national, regional and international universities and colleges. Over the years, FHRI has hosted more than 200 interns from both national and international universities who have understudied organizational strategies while contributing to the realization of program objectives.
At FHRI, we believe that internships are mutually beneficial both to the organisation and the intern, in terms of experience gained and opportunities for development; they are also a means of bringing new ideas, creative ways of thinking and a different perspective to the work of the organisation.
We therefore endeavour to make interning at FHRI a challenging, worthwhile and enjoyable experience and to engage interns in real, meaningful activities, providing them with new challenges and learning experiences.
Students are offered an opportunity to acquire direct exposure to human rights work at local and international levels. The internship is designed to complement law, human rights, social work, social sciences, development, and other international studies with practical experience in various aspects of democracy and human rights.
Whereas assignments to interns are dependant on the intern’s knowledge and skills, attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organisation.
Specific objectives of the internship programme:
1. To provide a framework by which students from diverse academic backgrounds may be assigned to FHRI projects where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments;
2. To expose interns to practical human rights work;
3. To provide FHRI with the assistance of highly qualified students specialized in various professional fields;
4. To encourage cross-cultural exchange, sharing knowledge and information and strengthening human rights respect everywhere.
Internships are undertaken on a voluntary basis, and as such are unpaid. However, FHRI offers assistance and guidance in locating accommodation for international interns on request as well as giving basic information about FHRI and Uganda.
The duration of an internship is usually short-term, for a period of between three to six months but may occasionally be shorter or longer; and is also dependant on the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the needs of FHRI.
An internship placement at FHRI is not a qualification for employment with the organisation but rather complements the intern’s studies. However, a number of interns, having completed their studies and met the necessary requirements, have been co-opted to FHRI’s programmes for further assignments with the organisation and others recommended and taken on elsewhere in other human rights organisations.
General Requirements for Interns
1. Presently enrolled or recently graduated from a Graduate Programme in Law, Human Rights, Social Sciences, and Development oriented subjects in addition to other international programmes. (International students are expected to have already completed their bachelors’ degree).
2. Have a strong command of the English Language.
3. Be interested to further development of human rights in Uganda
4. Willing to work three to five days a week from 8:30a.m to 5:30p.m.
5. International students must be insured and obtain a valid visa. Interested students are advised to check with the Ugandan embassies and consulates in their countries for the visa requirements and the procedure before applying for internship.
6. During internship, students are expected to act in a professional manner.
Comments made about the FHRI internship programme 2014.
‘I will not forget the procurement of a car for CCEDU. I was among the procurement committee. It was such an amazing experience for me at FHRI having to exercise procurement knowledge of a capital asset practically.’- Nabukeera Geraldine, Makerere University Business School.
‘I enjoyed attending to clients. It helped me realise that there are people in need of these legal services and yet they cannot afford them. This inspired me to get involved in Public interest Litigation.’- Ampairwe Cynthia, Makerere University.
‘Going to court for mitigation introduced me to the kind of law I want to specialise in for my future career.’- Nakandi Hilda Joan, Makerere University.
‘I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to intern at FHRI and at the same time sad that I am leaving. I have gained so much during the time I'm here. Everyone has been helpful and friendly, and the work has been really fulfilling. I look forward to coming back to Uganda and perhaps continuing to contribute to FHRI in whatever capacity I'm able to from Canada.’ Samantha Weng, Osgoode Hall Law School.