The Canadian Bar Association Young Professionals International Internship Program is now taking applications for the 2008-2009 placements. The CBA administrates this program, which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
Through this program, young lawyers are placed in eight-month internships (they are overseas for between six and seven of the eight months) to work with human rights legal organizations on issues such as women’s rights, labour rights, constitutional rights, children’s rights and indigenous people’s rights, in Latin America and the Caribbean, Southern and Central Africa and South East Asia.
The program has two purposes:
* Firstly, it provides human rights legal organizations abroad with young lawyers who have the expertise to make a professional contribution to their work.
* Secondly, it gives young lawyers, at the threshold of their careers, international experience to help them obtain employment in the field of law and international human rights legal work.
The overseas organizations
Organizations where interns may be placed include:
* Legal Resources Centre (LRC) – Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Grahamstown, South Africa
* Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) – Tshwane (Pretoria), Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa
* Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) – Windhoek, Namibia
* Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) – Lusaka, Zambia [blogger’s note: if this website does not connect, additional information may be found on this page]
* Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) – Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania
* Lao Bar Association – Vientiane, Laos
* Uganda Law Society – Kampala, Uganda
* East Africa Law Society (EALS) – Arusha, Tanzania
* Law Society of Kenya (LSK) – Nairobi, Kenya
* Ethiopian Bar Association (EBA) – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [blogger’s note: no website, but some information may be found here.]
Americas placements in Latin America and Caribbean to be announced.
For additional information about the CBA Young Professionals International Internship Program, see the CBA call for applications.
The International Youth Internship Program also has placements available for those in other industries in addition to law. This is an employment program for young Canadians between the ages of 19-30.