Legal Internship (Macedonian speaking, Budapest-based)

Deadline for applications: Sunday 1 October 2017

Place of work: Budapest, Hungary

Overview of the responsibilities:

Currently, MRG is running a 3-year EU-funded project called “From Action to Equal Rights for Roma” in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). This project seeks to increase the participation of Roma communities in decision-making that affects their lives. Through consultation and cooperation between Roma mediators, civil society organizations (CSOs), national and local authorities and legal bodies, the programme aims to reduce discrimination against Roma and demand recognition and implementation of their basic rights. The project has wide range of activities such as advocacy at the local and national level, strategic litigation, legal empowerment and capacity building. MRG is seeking an intern who would assist the project coordinator with legal tasks related to human rights violations and particularly discrimination faced by the Roma community.

More information on the project:

Specific tasks:

  • Research related to discrimination and other legal cases identified by the Roma mediators in the project
  • Assistance with the drafting of submissions and other legal documents
  • Administrative and logistical support for the programme coordinator (help to organise trainings and conferences, advocacy trips, etc.)
  • Translation of relevant documents from Macedonian to English and vice versa

MRG’s legal interns gain full hands-on experience of our legal work.  Full engagement in the research, analysis and drafting of cases is essential.  As much of our work covers new legal ground, we also count on interns’ creativity to help establish new jurisprudence.  In the past, interns have for example been involved in developing arguments on the Right to Development for an indigenous land rights case against Kenya.  These were subsequently argued before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  Interns can also expect to have contact with MRG’s partner organisations and with MRG staff in other international offices.

Length of internship

MRG recruits interns for a minimum period of three months, working part time or full time. Usually internships can be extended upon mutual agreement, depending on programme requirements.

Publishing / advocacy and research opportunities

Previous interns have had opportunities to publish original research based on their work at MRG.  We have published interns’ blogs and photo stories, and we have assisted interns in publishing academic work and op-eds related to our cases.

Essential skills:

  • Strong research skills on both electronic databases (e.g. HUDOC) and library materials
  • Excellent legal writing skills
  • Good understanding of Macedonian legal system, domestic and international legislation related to discrimination and human rights
  • Good understanding of the domestic (courts, Ombudsman, equality body etc.) and international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies (European Court of Human Rights, UN Treaty Bodies etc.)
  • Excellent English knowledge
  • Knowledge of Macedonian language (Albanian and/or Romani is an advantage)


  • Some degree of familiarity with economic, social and cultural rights, as well as minority rights and/or indigenous rights (for candidates with little or no knowledge of this area, we would ask for some detail on how their skills can be beneficial to our programme).
  • Experience working with Roma communities
  • Experience working in partnership with human rights or related organisations in the field

Funding/Reimbursement of expenses

Unfortunately, MRG is not able to fund the internship and to cover any related costs.

Contact information:

Please email your CV and cover letter to Andrea Spitalszky, Europe Legal Officer, Email: Tel: +36 30 209 3152

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