Our former interns

Interns support EHRAC’s work in every single way, whether it’s translation, administrative support or research. You can find out more about what being an intern entails here. Opportunities for an internship with EHRAC will be listed under Current Vacancies.

We would like to thank all the interns who have spent time in our offices since 2003.

Nailya Shamgunova, NGO Management Skills Intern

Nailya joined EHRAC in April 2018 . She is currently doing a PhD in history at the University of Cambridge, working on Anglophone conceptualisations of sexual diversity in the Ottoman empire between 1550 and 1700, fully funded by the Gulbenkian-Yuval Scholarship at Churchill College. Nailya did both her undergraduate and M.Phil degrees in history at Cambridge. An essay based on her M.Phil dissertation won the 2016 Hakluyt Essay Prize and an article based on it has since been published in the Hakluyt Society Journal. Nailya is passionate about academic outreach – she has organised a Cambridge Festival of Ideas event, mentored for the Cambridge History in Schools program and volunteered at the outreach events of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Nailya has also worked as an education consultant in London and volunteered for a number of projects, including Impact Labs, an impact measurement consultancy project, for Student Hubs, and Deti-404, the Russian LGBTQ+ network for teenagers, as a translator. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, gender diversity and equality, and has organised talks, training sessions and workshops on these subjects for, among others, the Cambridge LGBTQ+ History Month and Sidgwick Site Equalities Improvement Network. Within the Russian context, she is particularly interested in LGBTQ+ rights, campaigns to introduce domestic violence laws and the rights of ethnic minorities, especially in her native Tatarstan.

Rehab Jaffer, Legal intern

Rehab joined EHRAC as a legal intern in August 2017, having completed her Masters degree in public international law at Leiden University (Netherlands). Prior to her LL.M., Rehab interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, conducting research and drafting arguments for the defence counsel during the appeal of former Serb leader, Dr Radovan Karadžić . During her LL.B., Rehab also interned at the European Children’s Rights Unit, contributing research and drafting a literature review that encourages the implementation of more accessible ‘child-friendly justice guidelines’ by the Council of Europe. Rehab is passionate about the development of international law and holding States responsible for their violation of fundamental rights and freedoms: her Masters thesis focused on state responsibility for transferring arms to states that violate International Humanitarian Law.

What to interns go on to do when they finish with us?