We are currently advertising for our summer internship programme.  We ask that applicants have completed their compulsory 200-level law papers at a New Zealand University, with the exception of the Restorative Justice and Publications internships.


What you need to know:

  • Internships are unpaid.
  • They are part time, you can negotiate your internship (hours and days) around any other commitments you might have.
  • Internships are available from November 2020 to February 2021. The office is closed over the Christmas period (December 21st  – January 8th 2021)
  • Preference is given to current CLWHV volunteers and Māori and/or Pasifika applicants.


Internships available:

  • General Services Intern (Te Awa Kairangi): This will have a focus on assisting in our free legal help drop-in sessions, which entails assisting staff and volunteer lawyers in client interviews. These sessions are based in our Te Awa Kairangi office and Upper Hutt and Naenae outreaches (transport provided). This role may also include legal research and drafting, community engagement and office support.
  • Refugee and Immigration Legal Advice Services (RILAS) Intern (Pōneke/Wellington or Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt Valley) x2: These roles will focus on legal research in the area refugee and immigration law and will also include assisting on our free legal help drop-in sessions.
  • Publications Intern (Pōneke/Wellington): This internship will focus on updating our Pregnancy Rights resource and other CL publications, as well as assisting with distribution and promotion of the Community Law Manual. The main skills required are strong research skills and the ability to write in plain-English.
    • This internship is open to non-law students and may suit those interested in a career in communications or publications.
  • Housing Advice and Advocacy service (Te Awa Kairangi): This will include legal research, drafting, client interviewing, assisting in Tenancy Tribunal hearings, education and assisting with our specialist housing drop-in advice sessions in our Te Awa Kairangi office. The Housing team work with clients experiencing housing hardship in the Lower Hutt region, and will provide you with specialist training in tenancy law.
  • Restorative Justice: This internship would entail working with our Restorative Justice co-ordinators. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to shadow our co-ordinators in Wellington and Lower Hutt courts. They will also assist in promoting the Restorative Communities Project, collating participant feedback, drafting resources about the RJ process, and supporting with coordination of Restorative Justice hui particularly in initial engagement with potential participants.
    • This internship is open to people who aren’t law students, and requires strong communication skills and an interest in Restorative Justice



How to apply:

  • Please complete our summer internship application form
  • Once you’ve completed the application form, please send a brief written piece on one of our values and how you would achieve it practically to
    • Our values are:
  • Manaakitanga: care, generosity, hospitality, giving and not expecting anything in return. Outcome: clients feel looked after and re-assured.
  • Rangatiratanga: Independence, self-determination, and ownership. Outcome: empowered staff, volunteers, and clients with the skills to meet their needs.
  • Kotahitanga: Unity, solidarity, and collective action. Outcome: Treaty justice, diverse voices are heard.


Applications close Friday 2nd October! Karawhuia.