Internships are apprenticeship programmes that allow interns to gain practical working experience and develop skills in areas of relevance to their careers under the guidance of a qualified member of staff. Internships must be of mutual benefit both to the interns and to the African Court – empowering the intern and at the same time contributing to enhance the work of the African Court.
To encourage cultural diversity, the Court offers places for internship in the field of human rights to applicants from all over the world. Priority will however be given to the citizens of the Member States of the African Union
Objectives of Internship
The specific objectives of the internship are inter alia:
To offer admitted candidates a working environment which will enable them to enhance their theoretical knowledge through practical work;
To provide the intern with a better understanding of the work of the African Court;
To enable the African Court to benefit from the input of qualified persons whose background will inject a new lease of life, an up-to-date academic knowledge, and thus enhance the activities of the African Court.
In order to be eligible for internship at the African Court, applicants should:
Be registered in, or have graduated from a recognized academic institution;
Provide a letter from the University or academic institution in which the student candidate is registered, for those still in school. This should include a brief description of the project or subject the student is working on;
Complete the African Court Internship Application Form which can be downloaded from the website of the Court;
Have an excellent command of at least one of the AU working languages (English, French, Arabic or Portuguese). Knowledge of any of the other three will be an added advantage;
Be computer literate;
Be able to work in a diverse multilingual and multicultural environment.
Before filing an intership application with the African Court, candidates must first of all download and carefully read and understand the information contained in the Internship Policy Document (Click here to download the Internship Policy Document).
Applications for internship should contain the following documents:
A dully filled in Internship Application Form of the African Court (Click here to download the Internship Application Form);
A motivation letter stating the purpose of the application, and indicating the field(s) of interest of the applicant;
A curriculum vitae
Copies of relevant University Attendance, Degree(s) and/or Diplomas or Certificates;
Proof of financial support during the internship.
Applications for internship should be sent to the postal address or email indicated hereunder and must bear the heading:
“Application for Internship”:
African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
P.O. Box. 6274
Tel : + 255 732 979506/9
Fax : + 255 732 979503
Any candidate admitted for internship shall receive a letter of acceptance from the Registrar together with a commitment form to abide by the terms and conditions of the internship. Where the applicant accepts the offer, he/she is expected to return a signed copy of the letter and the form to the Registry at least fifteen days before the commencement of the internship;
There is no deadline for applying; however, the African Court encourages prospective interns to apply at least six months prior to the date scheduled for the commencement of the internship. Applications will not therefore be accepted from candidates who have already done an internship at the Court.