HRCP summer internship programme

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) offers a unique summer internship programme to university students at its Secretariat in Lahore. Students are given the opportunity to present a research proposal on a range of topics related to human rights. Once a proposal is accepted, thematic experts at the Secretariat guide the students to conduct a four to six week research project, which culminates in a research paper. The final paper is presented before the senior HRCP staff. The internship program is designed to ensure maximum utility for both the intern and the organization. Depending on the proposal, the interns can work in the field and engage in primary research. Over the years, HRCP has had interns from reputed educational institutions not just in Pakistan but also from international schools such as Harvard University (USA), University of Warwick (UK), SOAS University of London (UK), Hildesheim University (Germany), etc. Internships at HRCP are unpaid and the interns are expected to arrange for their own accommodation and transport.


The interns’ research can cover any area of human rights. Some examples could be: minority rights; juvenile justice; women empowerment; human trafficking; rule of law; status of prisons; death penalty; freedom of expression; workers’ rights; forced migration; enforced disappearance; torture; implementation of international human rights treaties; Pakistan’s engagement with UN mechanisms, etc.


Applicants can undertake the four to six week internship between June 1 and August 30. While interns are not required to sit at the office to conduct research, it is mandatory to visit the office once a week to share updates and drafts. It is compulsory to satisfactorily complete the research and share the report within the six-week period. Under no circumstances will extension be granted.

Application process and deadline

In order to apply, candidates are required to submit an updated CV and a brief research statement including the research methodology (max 150 words) by April 30, 2018 Monday, 5 pm PST. The application should be sent only by email to:  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

After the applications are reviewed,  shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a 1,000-word research proposal. Due to the high volume of applications received, it may not be possible to acknowledge communications from all candidates. Shortlisted candidates would be notified. If you do not receive a response by 15 May 2017, please assume that your application has not been successful this time. 

Thank you for your interest in the HRCP summer internship programme.

Interns 2018