Refugee Law Project

Outline of the organisation

The Refugee Law Project (RLP) seeks to ensure fundamental human rights for all asylum seekers, refugees, and internally displaced persons within Uganda. It envisions a country that treats all people within its borders with the same standards of respect and social justice. It works to see that all people living in Uganda, as specified under national and international law, are treated with the fairness and consideration due fellow human beings.

Positions available

The RLP offers internships to Ugandans and East Africans working in forced migration-related fields, and also accepts international internships, depending on need and available openings. While applications are considered on a rolling basis, it is advisable to apply early as only a small number of interns may be accommodated and the application process is highly competitive. The RLP also has a summer internship programme, in which applicants are accepted for a shorter time period between May and August. The deadline for the summer programme is 15 March. Preference is given to those who can commit for longer periods of time.

Interns could also be posted to RLP offices outside Kampala including Gulu, Kotido, Kitgum, Mbarara and Hoima. Interns are not paid and applicants should expect to be fully self-sufficient. Foreign interns are expected to be fully self-funded, organise their visa prior to arrival in Uganda, have adequate medical and life insurance, and be adaptable to living in the conditions of a developing country. When accepted, Foreign Interns are required to pay their fees in full (depending on the number of months) before they commence their placements at RLP. MAC systems are not compatible with some software systems so potential interns and volunteers are advised to take note of this.

Application process

Applicants are requested to send a CV, academic or professional references, and covering letter to The covering letter should include:

  • Preferred area of work (or department)
  • Motivation and expectations from the internship
  • What ways the applicant can support RLP's daily activities
  • Duration of stay. Any plans for leave or travelling on holiday should be excluded from the timeframe committed.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early for any position, and are reminded that for all summer positions, the deadline for application is 15 March each year.

Internship Applications: refugee law project internships.