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Recruiting Organization: People's Planet Project

Are you passionate about human rights, and looking for an experience in an international NGO?

People's Planet Project is looking for an ambitious and creative Human Rights Law intern to join us for a minimum of 3 months in our office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We are looking for someone with a developed ability for research, and who is passionate about translating legal concepts into accessible resources.

This Human Rights internship will be focused on creating legal resources that outline the legal foundations and processes in different countries, and on building networks to enhance access to legal knowledge within these countries.

Are you someone who is inspired by the intersection of environmental, human, and land rights? Are you someone who is looking to contribute to innovation within the Indigenous rights movement? Are you committed to enhancing international advocacy for the protection of land and culture? Then this internship is for you.

You will contribute to scoping opportunities and gaps in legal representation: To do this, you will be someone with an ability to collaboratively formulate a research strategy with clear goals and deliverables, together with the Regional Coordinators and the wider People’s Planet Project team.


People’s Planet Project is a global movement developed in response to accelerating deforestation and Indigenous livelihood destruction. We focus on facilitating the creation of evidence-based storytelling by Indigenous communities, as a medium of improving Indigenous self-determination and ability to self-advocate for protecting forests and culture.

By combining film and geospatial analysis as a medium of witnessing and activism, this project addresses both the infringement of environmental and human rights by continued deforestation and destruction of Indigenous land, as well as a deep rooted pattern of outside representation of Indigenous peoples and issues.

We aim to bring Indigenous rights to the attention of civil society and policy makers through evidence-based storytelling. We work together with non-governmental organisations involved in ground breaking environmental and human rights issues globally. Those partnerships and the films and spatial data will enable Indigenous communities to advocate and campaign for environmental and Indigenous rights on a local and global level.

We equip Indigenous communities with the skill sets and technology to create their own stories and map their territories through our GeoStory Camps initiative. We are driven by the belief that when Indigenous communities are equipped to tell their own powerful evidence-based stories on the impacts they face from unsustainable practices, that their journey to justice will be enhanced with them at the forefront.

Stories have the power to drive social change, and People’s Planet Project exists to help those stories take flight.


  • You will contribute to a scoping study, or 'State of Play’ report that identifies the opportunities and gaps in legal representation within Indonesia, Brazil, and Papua New Guinea
  • You will research and draft a legal resource that outlines the international, national, and local legal framework for individual country projects
  • You will collaborate with the team to learn, adjust, and grow together, with consultation and guidance from relevant Indigenous community members
  • Attend team meetings and report on research findings, including translating complex legal knowledge into accessible information
  • You will create accessible written resources that clearly express complex issues with sensitivity to relevant audiences


  • Studying International Law, Human Rights Law, Environmental Law or related field (being registered as a student at an educational institution is a requirement)
  • Working proficiency in English
  • Available to work from our office space in Amsterdam for a period of at least 3 months, starting from October 2022
  • Experience in researching and collating human rights law-related material
  • Ability to draft and proof-read research and learning materials tailored to the appropriate audience
  • Sound understanding of international law is required, especially in the area of Indigenous and environmental rights
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision


  • Full working proficiency in English
  • Available and committed to contributing at least 8 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months

What we offer:

  • An inspiring internationally oriented organization where we build, learn and grow together;
  • A flexible and people-oriented working environment with room for initiative and skill development;
  • A chance to empower Indigenous communities to create their own stories and report environmental destruction and injustice.

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389 5th Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 11109, US

Mission Statement

To bridge the gap between intention and action in order to bring about social impact.


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