Applications for 2022-2023 Summer Internships have now closed.

See below for some information about our internships. Applications for 2023-2024 Summer Internships will be open around July/August 2023.

In the meantime, you may be interested in applying for a volunteer kaiāwhina role – Find out more and apply here

Any questions about interning with us can be sent to the Volunteer Coordination team on


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 mid November to mid to end of February.  The office is closed over the summer holiday period.
  • Preference is given to current CLWHV volunteers and Māori and/or Pasifika applicants.
  • Our offices are in Te Awa Kairangi (Hutt City) and Pōneke (Wellington).


Internships available:

  • Migrant Exploitation/Employment Intern (Pōneke/Wellington)

This employment work will support vulnerable people in ethnic communities. You’d be involved with a range of work from migrant exploitation advocacy to family violence immigration visas so it’s a mix of general and RILAS. You would also help a bit with some broader social impact research on migrant exploitation. You will get lots of great experience, direct client contact, you would help advocate for our clients’ rights so it’s much more than doing computer-based research. Ideally you’ll be in 4th or 5th year at law school (as you will need to be reasonably independent at times!) Preferably you have studied employment law or are interested in employment law mahi.

Looking for help for around 10 – 25 hours a week.  Some hours can be done remotely but we’d like you to be in the office at Pōneke for at least 50% of the time. Some clients are based in TAK so ideally you’d be ok to travel between our offices but this is mainly based in Pōneke.

  • General Services Intern (Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt City) x2:

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 Pōneke and Te Awa Kairangi office as well as Upper Hutt and Naenae outreaches (transport provided and/or transport costs covered). 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 City) x 2

These roles will include legal research in the area of refugee and immigration law, assisting the RILAS lawyers with hands on, on-going refugee client work and will also include assisting on our free legal help drop-in sessions.

  • Rights Education Project (Pōneke / Wellington):

Work will be mainly focused the Rights Education Project Modules (The REP). The REP modules require an annual legal and content update and are used to teach hundreds of high school students every year. We need someone who can work independently with confidence, can write in plain-English and who can ideally use Adobe InDesign competently (or who is willing to learn). A great opportunity for someone passionate about educating young people about their rights.

  • Housing Advice and Advocacy service (Te Awa Kairangi / Hutt City): 

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. For this role ideally you will be a 4th or 5th year law student.



Our values are:


Manaakitanga: Respect, support and care. Outcome: Clients, workers and volunteers feel respected and looked after.

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.