CELCOR’s Internship Program targets fourth year undergraduate students from the Environmental Science and Law discipline from the University of Papua New Guinea. The interns are recruited to work under the firm’s DIRECT LEGAL ASSISTANCE and COMMUNITY LEGAL EDUCATION & AWARENESS RAISING (CLEAR) Programs respectively for a period of 12 months. The internship program aims to develop a generation of emerging advocates of environmental conservation and sustainable development advocates from tertiary institutions.
Through the internship program, interns gain practical work experience from assisting CELCOR lawyers and program officers with substantive work within each of the organization’s core programs. In addition, the interns also have the benefit of accompanying the program officers and lawyers on field trips throughout the country where CELCOR assistance is requested. Through this employment avenue, the interns gain a better understanding and insight of the injustices faced by customary owners of natural resources, whose collective rights and welfare is often marginalized. These rights tend to be overlooked and given minimal consideration by both the state and developers of projects, particularly those involved in the extraction of natural resources.
Since 2018, a total of nine undergraduates from the University of Papua New Guinea have undergone work experience and training through CELCOR’s Internship Program. For the year 2020, CELCOR has engaged three Interns – Alois Sinen and Joyce Thomas from the School of Law attached to the Direct Legal Assistance section and Max Pok, a recent Environmental Science graduate attached to the Community Legal Education & Awareness Raising section.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working as an Intern with CELCOR. Environmental Law and Natural Resource Law are my preferred areas of legal practice which I wish to take up after completing my studies. I therefore consider myself very fortunate to have been selected for CELCOR’s internship program as I am now given the opportunity to apply my substantive knowledge of the law in a practical setting as well as to contribute to a better PNG by assisting CELCOR lawyers with the provision of much needed legal assistance to citizens who do not have the means and access to seeking justice.”