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Volunteer and Internship Programmes

Internship Programme – PAUSED DUE TO COVID-19

Do you want to make a difference in the community? Do you want to get your first taste of working in a law office? Would you like to help young people understand the legal system? If you answered yes to these questions, then you may be interested in being an intern at YouthLaw Aotearoa.

Our intern roles are short term (3-4 months) and unpaid. YouthLaw is fortunate in that it has the support of many volunteer law students who work in our advice team for a few hours each week. These students make it possible for YouthLaw to provide advice to young people throughout Aotearoa.

However, an intern role provides law graduates with an opportunity to work across all the areas of YouthLaw’s activities. You will work with our education team; on our advice line; support our lawyers with their law reform work; and engage with our youth committees.

If you would like to discuss how our Intern Programme works, please contact Neil on or Sarah and we will send you more information, and arrange a time to meet with you in person.

Volunteer Programme

We welcome the support of our volunteers as Legal Assistants.

Please complete the Volunteer Legal Assistant Application Form and email it to us at along with your CV.

  • Assist with answering phone calls, legal research, client interviews, and assisting lawyers.
  • Suitable for year two and above law students and graduates.
  • On-site
  • On-going and regular  – must complete 1 fixed shift each week for the entire intake.
  • 3 hours per week (minimum); 3 intakes a year – see the Volunteer Calendar 2022 for application and intake dates.
  • We have two volunteer sessions each workday: 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm. These are at our office in Manukau.

We will let you know if we have a place for you. In order to be accepted into a volunteer position, you must complete the police vetting form, attend the relevant induction and training sessions held at our office in Manukau, Auckland. You must also be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and obtain boosters as required, and provide a copy of the My Vaccine Pass prior to starting training.
Please note that we expect volunteers to come to every shift during the intake and commit to the entire intake except where you are not able to attend due to illness or an emergency. We are heavily reliant on volunteers to operate our advice line and absences unfortunately compromise our service to our clients. 

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