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Internships resources

Here are some options available for those who are looking for interships and those who have secured internships and are looking for funding. 

Faculty Internships

The Faculty of Law offers students the opportunity to participate in a credited summer Human Rights Internship. These internships are coordinated through the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) and count for course credit. Details about the Human Rights Internships can be found on the CHRLP website.

External Internships

Additional internship opportunities can also be found through external organizations. If you are organizing your own summer internship, it is a good idea to contact the organizations you wish to work for sometime between September and January.

The following sources can be used in your search for a summer internship:

  • The Public Interest Career Guide available on myFuture, at the Career Development Office, or on the CDO website.
  • Various external internship search engines (view our External Job Search Engines.)
  • The Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers International Program: through this program, young lawyers are placed in seven-and-a-half-month internships (they are overseas for between six-and-a-half to seven 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 - www.cba.org/cba/idp/yiip/

Funding Summer Internships

One of the main challenge in making the most out of a summer internship opportunity is finding a source of funding. Please refer to the below document (updated February 2015) for tips and resources. 

funding_unpaid_and_underpaid_internships.pdf

NB: Please note that the CDO is currently unable to offer the Professional Development Internship Fund for summer 2015. In the future, should we be able to reinstate this fund, we will update this section of the website immediately. 

Also, the Human Rights Working Group provides funding through its Bursary Portfolio. Please contact HRWG for more information.

 

Unpaid Internships

Most jurisdictions in North America only allow unpaid internships in certain circumstances. Students should educate themselves on these laws, and not accept a position they think could be in violation of these laws. Students should ensure their internship conforms with the McGill CaPS statement on unpaid internships. For more information, see the following links:

In Canada:

http://www.gowlings.com/KnowledgeCentre/article.asp?pubID=3190
http://www.internassociation.ca/what-is-the-law/ (Note the Quebec section is incomplete)
http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/internships.php
http://www.cnt.gouv.qc.ca/en/wages-pay-and-work/wages/index.html

In the USA:

http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm