Applications open: Beijing internship with Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers

Beijing internship with Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers


The Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW (in collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission and with the financial support of DFAT), is pleased to announce a new internship opportunity for UNSW law students.


In 2015, five students will have the opportunity to intern with Beijing based Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers (ZPIL). ZPIL is an umbrella organisation that encompasses several legal aid and research centres. In the last ten years, ZPIL has focused on issues such as migrant workers protections, farmers’ rights, criminal legal aid and women’s rights. Students will be based in Beijing in June/July 2015 for 4-5 weeks (exact dates tbc subject to student availability) and will be working within ZPIL’s international internship program ( alongside a number of interns from around the world.


Course credit

The internship is categorized as a ‘self-organised internship’ by UNSW Law but if accepted, students can use this placement opportunity to enrol in the subjects Laws 3308/Jurd 7308 UNSW Law Internship for UG or JD students  or LAWS8173 Postgraduate Internship for PG students OR students can undertake the internship without applying for course credit.



For 2015 only, DFAT and the Australian Human Rights Commission are providing five students with a $2,000 grant each to assist with funding for this internship. All other costs will be covered by individual students including travel, insurance and accommodation (ZIPL can assist with accommodation options). The internship is unpaid.


Selection and Eligibility Criteria

The internship is organised through the Australian Human Rights Centre.


UNSW law students in their final years of study and who have completed a course in public international law, public interest litigation and/or human rights are eligible to apply. Students enrolled in the Masters of Human Rights Law and Policy are also eligible to apply. Students who have volunteered or worked in human rights or public interest organisations will be given preference in the selection process.  Mandarin is not required for this internship. Indigenous students are strongly encouraged to apply. Students must be available to undertake the internship during the period June-July 2015. 


An application will consist of:

  1. a brief curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  2. academic transcript
  3. one page brief explaining your interest in the internship


A selection committee comprising representatives from the UNSW Faculty of Law and the Australian Human Rights Centre will select 5 students based on the applications received.



Applications must be emailed to Diane Macdonald, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW ( by 4pm on Monday May 20th 2015. Late applications will not be considered.

Students will be advised of the results of the selection process by Friday May 29, 2015.

Download a copy of the application criteria here.