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.


The internship applications, including an updated CV and a research proposal (max 700 words) should reach HRCP by Sunday, the 8th of May 2016, at the latest. The application should be sent only by email to:, and CCed to

Interns 2015