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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 Internships. 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

NB: Funding for summer 2014 has not yet been confirmed, but if it is available the process to apply for it will be similar to the 2013 process described below. This page will be updated as more information on funding becomes available.

One of the greatest obstacles in obtaining a summer internship is finding a source of funding. See Securing Funding for Summer Internships [.pdf] for more information on funding.

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

*Updated: Finalement, pendant l'été 2014, il sera possible de demander du financement directement du CDP pour des stages favorisant l'acquisition d'habiletés professionnelles juridiques. Consultez les Critières d'eligibilité et le mode de candidature [.pdf] pour en savoir plus. Please note that the deadline is May 20th, 2014 to apply for summer 2014 funding. The following document must be included in your request: Professional_development_internship_fund_-_Statement_of_financial_need [.docx]

Unpaid Internships

Most jurisdictions in North America only allow unpaid internships in certain circumstances. Students 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