Legal Internship at The Danish Institute for Human Rights

legal intern – Business and Human Rights programme

The Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) is looking to engage a legal intern to work for its Human Rights and Business programme.

The human rights and business programme focuses on strengthening the ability of state institutions to protect human rights in relation to economic activities, supporting implementation mechanisms at UN level,  as well as on mainstreaming integration of human rights within trade and investments frameworks.

Legal intern for the human rights and business programme

DIHR supports processes at the national level to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles. At the international level, DIHR interacts with the UN system and other Inter-governmental organisations and strives to embed human rights into trade and investments frameworks.

Examples of tasks for the legal intern include: Research on legal responsibilities of multinational corporations, e.g in relation to the treaty work on business-related human rights violations. Research into human rights aspects of trade and investment agreements, general administrative assistance to implementation and project management.


All candidates must have a high standard first (BA) degree in human rights studies, law, business studies or a related field that prepares the student to do legal research. Candidates must be enrolled in a Masters-level graduate programme (no exceptions).

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience in human rights
  • Willingness and ability to perform meticulous, detailed research on a wide range of topics
  • Proven ability to summarize complex information
  • Excellent written and spoken English. French would be an advantage but is not a requirement. Please indicate other languages
  • Intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm commensurate with the position
  • Extra-curricular activities relating to development organisations, human rights & business issues, or other voluntary social activities will be an advantage

The position is un-paid. Exact starting dates can be negotiated and so can working hours (30-37 hour a week depending on your studies)

The position is for 6 months.


Please apply by using the form found on our website The application should include cover letter, CV and a short writing sample in English.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 8. december 2014

For further information, contact Department Coordinator Hedy Grønager at [email protected]