INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT BLAST
The Internship Program
An internship with BLAST is a challenging and interesting experience for those committed to human rights and social justice. Our internship program is designed to provide interns with exposure to public interest law, human rights legal aid and advocacy in Bangladesh, with opportunities to travel to different districts for assignments. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with key human rights movements in a developing country as well as exploring Bangladesh.
BLAST provides legal aid, advice and representation across a range of areas, including civil, criminal, family, labor and land law, as well as on constitutional rights and remedies, providing access to judicial remedies alongside alternative dispute resolution wherever appropriate. It is extensively involved with public interest litigation (PIL) and advocacy work, and conducts investigations into human rights infringements. Amongst a substantial caseload, BLAST is currently involved with PIL in relation to:
- Access To Justice
- Accountability and Institutional Reform
- Children’s Rights
- Disability Rights
- Right to Free Trial
- Right to Freedom From Torture and Arbitrary Police Action
- Women’s Rights
Intern Eligibility and Position Details
Internship duties often include factual and legal research relating to our initiatives, communications, and publications. Please find below details of available internship positions:
Link to Intern Responsibility By Position
We seek applications from students with a commitment to human rights, an interest in social and legal issues and an eagerness to learn. Backgrounds in either law, socio-political sciences and/or business management are preferred, but not necessary. Applicants should have good research, writing and communications skills. They should be reliable and organized and have the enthusiasm and energy needed to complete projects in a timely manner.
We greatly value the efforts and contributions of interns. All interns will be assigned a supervisor with whom they will interact and report. At the end of their internship, interns are asked to submit all documents relating to their work at BLAST and to provide a summary of their work and feedback regarding their internship.
We encourage applications from non-resident Bangladeshis, whether students or professionals. We also apply an equality and diversity policy regarding internships and placements. We especially encourage applications from persons with disabilities and ask applicants to include requests for reasonable accommodations in their application materials as necessary.
BLAST reviews its applications on a quarterly basis on the 10 February, 10 May, 10 August and 10 November. Please bear this timeframe in mind when applying. Urgent applications (ie. internships commencing before to next quarterly review) should be marked accordingly on the subject.
FT Internships operate with flexible starting dates, but the recommended duration is for a minimum of 3 months.
PT Internships may be commenced throughout the year. The working hours are flexible, but a minimum of 20 hours availability is required per week.
Stipend / Assistance:
Unfortunately, BLAST cannot offer any stipend to successful interns. However, in cases of particular applicants, BLAST may subsidize transport including travel across Bangladesh in connection with ongoing field visits or workshops/meetings/trainings.
BLAST will also offer non-monetary assistance to all applicants in organizing local accommodation and general logistics.
i. Interns are requested to carry their own laptops and/or electronic notepads. BLAST will facilitate mobile internet access.
ii. The main language of communication in the organization is Bangla although though relevant staff/supervisor with whom the intern would work speak English fluently. Relevant staff or members of our pro bono lawyer panels will be available for translation when required (on court visits to district courts or in public meetings/seminars etc.)
iii. It is pre-requisite for successful international interns to have travel health insurance for the duration of their internship.
Please send applications addressed to The Internship Team and clearly marked ‘Internship Application’ to:
Applications should include:
- Covering Letter, including the following information
o Brief statement of interest in position sought
o Dates of Availability
o Part-time or full-time internship position
o Whether assistance with accommodation in Dhaka will be required
- Writing Sample
- Names and Contact information of two referees (academic or professional)