The European Roma Rights Centre employs a diverse and dedicated staff committed to the protection and promotion of human rights and equality for Roma in Europe. Our staff members include both Roma and non-Roma from more than 12 countries. The ERRC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on any ground in its hiring and seeks a diverse staff profile, with a particular focus on Romani staff members.
The ERRC offers a limited number of internship opportunities each year to both Romani and non-Romani individuals. In line with its objective of empowering Romani activists, the ERRC supports internships for a limited number of Roma each year. All other internships are unpaid unless the intern is able to secure outside funding (the ERRC can provide relevant letters of support). Students may be able to arrange academic credit for their internship and should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.
The ERRC offers internships in our legal and programmes departments. ERRC interns are generally involved in a range of administrative and substantive activities. Depending on the organisation’s needs and the intern’s interests and abilities, ERRC interns may help ERRC staff file materials and provide other administrative support, arrange events and research missions, monitor human rights developments through desk and/or field research, edit reports, translate texts, draft reports on human rights abuse or legal documents, conduct legal research and assist in preparing cases for litigation, engage in advocacy efforts and support human rights training of activists.
Romani interns may also be supported to conduct community-based initiatives back in their communities as an extension of their internship with ERRC. Interns must present their concept for such at the time of application and work with ERRC staff to develop the initiative during their internships.
All internship applicants should be a minimum of 20 years of age, be self-motivated, well-organised and reliable, with a strong interest in human rights. Experience living or working in Romani communities is preferable and knowledge of Roma rights issues is a benefit and relevant coursework is desirable. Knowledge of regional languages is a strong plus. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, Internet applications) are required.
Please check the calls listed on this website for openings.
If you would like to volunteer at the ERRC, please send a letter of interest, CV, two letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample to the head of the department with which you wish to volunteer. Please do not call or make email inquiries.