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.

Harriet Bland, Legal intern

Harriet joined EHRAC as Legal Intern in March 2018. She interns part-time at EHRAC while working in civil actions against the State as a Paralegal at Birnberg Peirce. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in History at Oxford University, where she was involved with human rights campaigning focussing on women’s rights and penal reform. She founded a fundraising group called Global Women’s Group which raised more than £10,000 for causes in the global south including girls’ education and combatting FGM. After graduating, she worked as a Project Assistant at the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples’ Organization (UNPO) in Brussels. While there she advocated on behalf of groups including the Haratin of Mauritania and the Ogaden of Ethiopia at the EU in Brussels, and at the UN Human Rights Committee’s UPR in Geneva. On returning to the UK, Harriet worked in Actions Against the Police at GT Stewart Solicitors. She studied the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at BPP University, where she also volunteered with organisations including Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Streetlaw. After her GDL, Harriet returned to Actions Against the Police at GT Stewart before joining us at EHRAC. Harriet is passionate about holding public authorities to account for human rights violations, and has a particular interest in the post-Soviet region.

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