Remote Internship Opportunity with NLUD’s Project 39A Litigation Team [1-year Internship]

About the Project

Project 39A (hereinafter ‘P39A’) draws inspiration from Article 39-A in the Indian Constitution on equal justice and signals broadening their work on India’s criminal justice system.

They undertake litigation, research and outreach relating to forensics, torture, legal aid, forensic psychiatry and death penalty (for more information on P39A, visit

About the Project 39A Internship

The National Law University, Delhi, through Project 39A, is seeking to remotely engage, on a contractual basis, interns for managing the written communications in Marathi, Panjabi, Gujarati, and Malayalam, with prisoners represented by Project 39A, primarily those sentenced to death.

The contract will be for one year initially and can be extended on an annual basis at the discretion of the University. 

Area of Work

  • The litigation team at Project 39A provides pro bono legal representation to prisoners on death row. For effective legal representation, it is a key to regularly communicate with the clients.
  • The litigation team at Project 39A also believes in keeping prisoners updated about their case’s progress and involves family members in the preparation of the case.
  • The team also engages with the prisoners in a manner that could assist them in making their prison life more productive.

For all these reasons, the team regularly exchanges letters with the clients in the regional languages they understand and shares reading materials of their interest.

Responsibilities of the Interns

  1. The interns will study basic case materials and prior correspondence with the respective prisoners and their families. Under the supervision of Project 39A litigation and mitigation associates, interns will regularly draft personalized letters to prisoners in their respective languages. 
  2. To accompany the letters, the interns will identify suitable reading material in the respective regional language for each client.
  3. The interns will translate the letters received from the clients into the English language.
  4. Any other tasks that may be necessary to further the aims of Project 39A’s communication program with prisoners or any other work.

Eligibility for Project 39A Internship

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Students of law, humanities, social sciences, social work, management, or media enrolled in bachelor’s or master’s programs.
  • Reading and writing proficiency in at least one of the following regional languages, along with English:
    • Marathi
    • Panjabi
    • Gujarati
    • Malayalam

Duration & Place of Internship

Minimum 1-year internship period. The internship can be undertaken remotely.

Internship Stipend

A small stipend will be provided which may vary subject to case allocation per language. Payment will be released on a six-monthly basis.

How to Apply for the Internship?

Interested persons must fill out the online form available below and upload three documents;

  1. Resumé 
  2. A statement of purpose of not more than 500 words explaining your interest in this internship. The statement should clearly state the candidate’s proficiency in at least one of the regional languages mentioned in the eligibility criteria.
  3. Translation of the Annexure-I (Link given at the end of this post), an excerpt from the Deathworthy 2021 report in at least one of the regional languages listed in the eligibility criteria i.e. Marathi, Panjabi, Gujarati and Malayalam. 

Application Timeline

  • Last date to apply: May 3, 2022
  • Intimation to shortlisted candidates: By May 6, 2022
  • Further rounds of assessment and interview: May 7-8, 2022

Only applicants selected for interview rounds will be informed.

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