Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley hosts interns from Aotearoa. We love having interns who have studied (or are studying) law locally as it gives you a good base to start from.

Most intern with us over the New Zealand summer and we offer several internships during this period. We occasionally advertise for short term internships during the year based on staff need.

Interns can work in specific legal areas such as Pou Whirinaki (Services to Māori team), Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Service (RILAS) or you can work in our general legal service areas.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about an area of law you are interested in and gain experience working within the legal community. Interns must be willing to commit to regular office hours.

Interns provide a huge amount of value at Community Law, and we try and make your time here as enjoyable and productive as possible.

All internships are unpaid.

To apply you must:

  • be completing tertiary education in a relevant field of study
  • be able to commit to a full-time internship for at least a two-month period
  • have a commitment to CLWHV’s vision statement that “Those with the least have the same or better access to justice as those with the most” and our goal of “embodying the Treaty of Waitangi”

Please apply by supplying:

  • A brief cover letter explaining why you wish to intern at Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley.
  • A sample of your previous written work in English or a short essay (300 words) on one of the below topics:
    • A summary of the significance of The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand
    • An issue you have been involved in relating to “Access to Justice” in your own community
    • A current C.V. including your academic history and community involvement
    • Two references

If you are interested in an intern position please email Naomi at with your complete application or get in touch with any questions.

Applications will be followed by an in-person interview.