Internships at the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) – Rwanda

Organisation Name: National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG)
Location: Rwanda
No. of places available:  2
Suitable Discipline/s: History, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, International Relations, International Studies

About the Organisation 

CNLG  is government institution, which has to follow instructions from decision makers. Here are recommendations from the Senate:

  1. To collaborate with local and international institutions in research on genocide
  2. To know the deniers of the genocide against the Tutsi and analyse their publications
  3. To do research on genocide denial and revisionism
  4. To conduct research on ETO-Kicukiro (Ecole Technique Officielle where over 2,000 Tutsis were murdered)
  5. To conduct research on genocide memorials sites such as Ntarama, Bisesero, Murambi
  6. To conduct monography (research on how the genocide happened on a specific location in 1994: e.g. genocide in Murambi only)
  7. To conduct long-term research on the consequences of genocide by categories of Rwandans (orphans youth survivors; women living with AIDS because of rape in 1994; trauma on survivors; trauma on perpetrators; old people who are living alone (because they lost all members of their families)
  8. To provide a roadmap on the digitalization of the Gacaca documents (ie to prepare a roadmap for 5 years).


About the Internship

Position: Research and Administration Internship
Starting Date: Flexible- Winter 2018 , Semester 2 2018 and Summer A/B
Duration: Minimum 6 weeks
Eligibility: Only available for ATS3130 (12 CP) 

Essentially your internship will be divided into two main roles; the day-to-day responsibilities and the long-term projects. The day-to-day tasks will involve:

  • Writing research proposals;
  • Social Media Responsibilities;
  • Drafting grant proposals and official letters for CNLG;
  • Proof reading and editing emails, letters and memorandum;
  • Attending and note taking at various lectures, speeches and commemoration events;
  • Writing press releases; and
  • Writing op-ed pieces for Rwanda’s daily newspaper, The New Times.

Working on long-term projects includes:

  • Assisting Researchers with both quantitative and qualitative research and proof reading and editing completed research papers (both of which are on a range of topics and issues);
  • Creating presentations and speech writing;
  • Editing and proof reading new editions of CNLG book publications; and
  • Developing, researching, conducting interviews and writing new research/academic papers for publication.


Testimonial from past interns:

The opportunity to intern in Rwanda’s Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) has been the most intellectually challenging and academically rewarding experience of my time as a Monash University student. Our time under the direction of Dr. Jean-Damascene Gasanabo was incredibly instructive because of the incredible insight we were afforded into the high-level debates which inform Rwandan policy-making. For me, the value of our experience was not simply that it enabled a deeper understanding of Rwanda’s post-genocide development, but, in opening to us the opportunity to engage both personally and academically with Rwandans who had borne the horrific consequences of genocide, we were able to root the academic intangibles of genocide theory in a personal, formative experience.         James Barklamb, July 2015


1. The students should meet the eligibility criteria to enrol in ATS3130 Arts International Internship unit (completed 96 CP and have a distinction average)

2. Undergraduate students from the following Area of Study:

Scholarships & Funding

For further information about available scholarships and funding please click on the links below:

How to Apply

Please follow the step-by-step guide on how to apply for ATS3130 International Internship. 
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Arts WIL Team on email via, or give us a call on (03) 9903 8866.

*Applications opening March 19th for Winter and Semester 2 2018*
*Applications must be submitted 2-3 months prior to intended start date*