South Asia Programme Intern

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 5 December at 10.00 AM GMT 

Minority Rights Group International is seeking an intern to support our work focused religious minorities in South Asia. In the context of majoritarian nationalisms and discrimination faced by religious minorities in South Asia, our work promotes and protects freedom of religion or belief by supporting a network of researchers, activists, and organisations from across the region. This involves, for example, systematically tracking the conditions of minorities and their access to rights in line with international standards, as well as engaging in advocacy based on these findings to improve outcomes for marginalised communities. This role will therefore enable you to gain valuable insight into issues related to minority communities in South Asia and, more broadly, into the work of an international NGO working with some of the world’s most marginalised communities.

As an intern on this programme, you will work primarily with MRG’s South Asia programme team, as well as our partners based in the region. The role will involve providing general support to MRG’s work in South Asia, with responsibility for a variety of tasks involving both internal and external stakeholders. Some of the more common tasks would include:

  • Undertaking desk and primary research on issues related to the programme, including weekly media monitoring
  • Liaising with partner organisations based in the region
  • Assisting with project implementation and monitoring by providing administrative and logistical support (for example, helping to organise trainings and conferences, processing financial reports, keeping track of outputs)
  • Communicating, working with, and providing support to relevant MRG colleagues as needed (including the Finance Department and the Programme Assistant based in London)
  • Possibly drafting short pieces of writing on topics relevant to religious minorities in the region, including fundraising and international advocacy

We endeavour to make this a valuable and fulfilling experience for selected candidates, and therefore will aim to work together with the intern to arrange tasks that match their interests and skill set as best as possible.

Essential requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree in relevant areas studies, International Relations, Political Science, Human Rights, Religious Studies, or a related subject
  • An understanding of regional issues in South Asia, and the situation of minorities in at least one of the programme countries
  • An understanding and commitment to learning about human and minority rights, and intersectional discrimination faced by minorities in South Asia
  • Project or research experience with an NGO, or similar
  • Experience organising events, such as trainings, seminars, and conferences
  • Excellent communication skills and, ideally, experience of working with individuals or communities in the region
  • Strong organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and spoken English


  • A working knowledge of any relevant languages spoken in South Asia

Please note that this internship will be based primarily out of MRG’s London office. We would like the selected intern to be able to commit to at least 3 days per week for a duration of 3 months with the possibility of extension.

How to apply 

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter to by Wednesday 5 December at 10.00 AM GMT. Please include ‘South Asia Intern’ in the subject of your email.

If based out of the London office, candidates will need to have permission to work in the UK to take on this role. Please note that due to limited resources, this is an unpaid internship however MRG covers travel and meals expenses up to £16.5 daily in case you work from MRG’s London office.

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