Summer internships


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.


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 15 November 2022 to mid to end of February 2023.  The office is closed over the Christmas period (December 22th  – January 8th2023)
  • 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:

  • 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.


How to apply: 

Please complete this 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: 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.


Applications close Sunday 11th of September


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