Join a Human Rights internship in Mongolia and help us research some of the country’s biggest human rights and social challenges. You’ll work with experienced professionals at local and international NGOs. This is a great way for you to add practical work experience to your CV and boost your professional network.
You’ll deal with topics that have had a major effect on local communities. These include domestic violence, alcoholism, and the rights of nomads, children, prisoners and the disabled. This work will give you a deeper insight into championing human rights in a developing country.
Throughout your internship, you’ll have a supervisor to guide and help you with your tasks. Some supervisors have backgrounds in social work or management, while others are human rights activists or professors. Seize this opportunity to learn from professionals, and put your studies into practice.
You will live and work in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. You’ll stay with a local host family and have plenty of free time to explore and make your time abroad even more memorable.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should be a law or social work student, or have a background in law or human rights.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is this Human Rights internship in Mongolia right for me?
The Human Rights Internship in Mongolia is perfect for any student pursuing studies related to human rights work, like law and social work. It’s also ideal for students who enjoy research and analysis, and want to get experience working with NGOs. This kind of experience gives your CV an extra edge, and will give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and application essays.
Research is a huge part of this internship, so you need to be willing to hone these skills here. There may also be an opportunity to get involved in outreach campaigns and advocacy work.
To join this internship, you should be a law or social work student, or have a background in law or human rights.
This internship is available all year round so you can join whenever it suits your schedule. You can stay for a minimum of four weeks, but we recommend staying for longer to get the most out of your placement.
What will I do on this project?
We work with both local and international partner NGOs. Each placement has a different focus, but they all work towards addressing social problems in Mongolia. Here are some examples of the work you can do:
- Help with research on human rights abuses taking place currently in Mongolia
- Assist Mongolian human rights organisations with training
- Participate in advocacy work by leading a campaign and presenting it to staff
- Take part in helping raise the funds needed for community work
Your work will be split into four main areas:
Help with research on human rights abuses
You will create research documents which address serious social issues in Mongolia. These include topics like family violence, alcoholism, human trafficking, or the need for more prisoners’, children’s, and nomad rights. Your research can be used to create proposals, which are needed for funding. With enough funds, more human rights research can take place.
Assist human rights organisations with training
One of our placements promotes civic education and social wellbeing for individuals, groups, organisations, and communities. They do this through training, counselling, research, and advocacy work. Another placement focuses on the promotion and protection of human rights and social justice in Mongolia. During training sessions, you will accompany teams as they prepare and work with locals. You may also be asked to prepare presentations on the human rights issues in your home country, and discuss how they are similar or different to Mongolia.
Participate in advocacy work
At your placement, you are encouraged to lead your own campaign on a topic that you’re passionate about. You will research the topic and present it to your colleagues.
Almost all of our human rights placements in Mongolia take part in advocacy work. Part of your internship involves working with dedicated staff as they lobby and advocate for marginalised groups in the country. You’ll help them build strong cases and educate people on their rights.
Take part in community work fundraising
As part of your human rights work in Mongolia, you can also take part in helping raise funds for much-needed community development work. The funding will help disadvantaged families and placements in need. These funds will buy things like the paint needed to refurbish school walls. Participating in fundraising activities like this lets you make a tangible difference.
Where will I be working in Mongolia?
Depending on your interests and background, there are a number of Human Rights placements in Mongolia available for you:
- A centre for human rights and development
- An organisation promoting civic education (the duties and rights of citizens) and social well being
- A centre against violence (this placement requires you to work for longer than three months, be a native English speaker, and have a background in law)
All of our Human Rights placements in Mongolia are based in Ulaanbaatar.
Ulaanbaatar is filled with history and culture. You can learn about the famous Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire, or use a weekend to visit the wandering nomads. Your internship in Mongolia is the perfect opportunity to see as much of the country as possible during your free time.
A typical day as a Human Rights intern in Mongolia
A typical day in Mongolia runs from 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll start by eating breakfast with your host family before heading out to your placement. With your personal laptop in your bag and dressed smartly, you can take a bus, walk, or use a trolleybus. On your first day, we’ll show you the easiest way to get to work.
You will work with a supervisor who guides your tasks and challenges you to do more, and better. Ask questions and learn as much as you can from the team.
Most of your work will revolve around research for your placement, on topics like domestic violence, women's rights, child protection, sexism in the workplace, rights for nomads and so much more. Punctuality and the correct dress code are important because your internship takes place in a professional environment.
During your free time, explore, plan a trip to visit nomadic families who live far outside the city centre, visit a Mongolian monastery, meet volunteers from around the world, or relax at your host family home. Use each moment of your time abroad wisely!
What are the aims and impacts of this project?
The aim of this internship is to assist Mongolian NGOs with quality research, and help improve the legal system in the country. You will play an active part in this process.
Domestic violence, alcoholism, and a lack of rights for women, disabled persons, or prisoners are some of the social challenges facing Mongolians. You will research topics that assist ongoing advocacy work for marginalised groups in Mongolia.
You will work alongside professional supervisors with backgrounds in social work, management or human rights activism. This is a perfect opportunity to put your academic theory into practice, while working with dedicated and passionate teams in a developing country.
During your internship, you will also see the impact of Mongolia’s shift from communism to a more democratic system and the effect this has had on its people. This will give you an all round view of the country.
Help us with the work we do by joining us as an intern, while also gaining human rights work experience in Mongolia.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
My experience at the NGO was instrumental in helping me decide what career path I wanted to take and at the time of writing, I have been accepted to study masters in human rights law.
Human Rights Internship in Mongolia
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