11 February 2013
A Monash University student committed to working towards human rights standards that empower and acknowledge will travel to one of the world's leading human rights institutions in Switzerland this month.
Having just completed her fifth year of a Bachelor of Laws and Science and Diploma of International Studies, Kristine Tay will undertake a six-month internship at The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Geneva, Switzerland where she will gain practical experience of human rights development in domestic and international jurisdictions.
“Through practical experience I hope to gain insight into a well respected organisation working at the forefront of global human rights issues,” Kristine said.
“Once I complete my degree I'd like a job that allows me to work at a grass roots level with communities facing human rights challenges, hopefully with an environmental aspect as well.”
Kristine said helping others drove her passion towards human rights.
“Occasions when an individual has been affected positively by my work, whether it be gaining a protection visa for an asylum seeker, or having someone tell you they were touched by a speech you made is all I can ever hope for,” Kristine said.
“I will be working in the economic, social and cultural rights group, an area of human rights that covers the right to health, decent work, or an adequate standard of living.
“I also want to learn how to make cheese - I'm going to a farm in Italy after I finish my internship before I come back to Australia.”
Kristine is one of nine Monash Law students awarded internships with some of the world's leading human rights institutions as part of the 2013 Castan Centre Global Internship Program.
The high-flying interns of 2013 traveling to New York, South Africa, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi and beyond will make global connections and gain experience that will set them apart as graduates.
This year, the global interns will document their experiences on the Castan Centre Global Intern blog. Their posts will include updates on the work they are doing, reflections on the experiences they have had, and photos and videos of their time overseas.