Every year, the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the Faculty of Law offers between 15-20 internship opportunities. The IHRP has been offering summer internships for 25 years and has placed nearly 300 students at governmental, non-governmental, and inter-governmental organizations around the world. Interns have the opportunity to participate in human rights research and advocacy, often at the grassroots level.  A list of past student internships can be found on the IHRP website. 

Since 2011, the IHRP and Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights (“Asper”) have partnered to offer between 1 and 3 internships that focus on Canadian constitutional rights, multiculturalism and/or protection of human rights in Canada. 

Below is some general information about IHRP internships.  For detailed information and relevant forms, please visit:

Who can Apply?

IHRP internships are open to all 1L and 2L J.D. students at the Faculty of Law, and to a limited number of LL.M. students.  Third year J.D. students, S.J.D., and exchange students are ineligible.


Students apply to become an IHRP summer intern and must meet all associated deadlines and requirements. Application forms are available at the University of Toronto Law Career Network and completed applications must be submitted electronically through UTlawcareers.


On their application forms, students will be required to indicate whether they would like to be considered for funding and from what source. For 2011-2012, Faculty funding will only available to students who can demonstrate financial need. Firm funding is only available to students who have accepted a second-year summer job at a participating law firm and whose law firm is supportive of the internship. Students may be selected as an IHRP intern but may not receive Faculty or firm funding. In this instance, if they wish to pursue the internship, they will be required to do so at their own expense or to apply for alternative funding. See the IHRP website internship application page for more information.

General Expectations

Interns are required to attend mandatory pre-departure training session(s), including Safety Abroad Training, and will be required to sign various forms and waivers. 

Interns are required to complete short mid-summer and final reports, which are usually posted online, and are expected to facilitate contact between the IHRP Director and their partner organization.

Students are expected to attend at least one event to share their experiences with prospective interns, and may be asked to participate in other events, depending on the subject matter of their internship. (For firm-funded interns, some sponsoring law firms may require interns to prepare a written report or oral presentation at the end of the summer as well.)

Geographic Limitations

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law, including the IHRP, cannot allow students to travel to dangerous areas while participating in University-sponsored programs.  Interns should consult the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade travel reports and warnings at http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp before planning their internship.  Under no circumstances can the IHRP approve internships to areas were DFAIT recommends “avoid[ing] all travel” (a.k.a. Level 4 zones), regardless of the funding source.