Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Volunteer Programme

*Now inviting applications for the Autumn Volunteer Placement Programme*

IPRT is committed to reducing imprisonment, respecting the rights of everyone in the penal system and progressive reform of the penal system based on evidence-led policies. IPRT works towards these goals through research, raising awareness, building alliances and growing our organisation.

IPRT is committed to offering volunteering opportunities to students and practitioners interested in, and wanting to contribute to, the work of IPRT. IPRT does not follow a service provision model, and therefore our volunteering opportunities primarily support our policy and advocacy activities.

Volunteer placements with IPRT are generally offered for 5 months, on a part-time basis (17-21 hours per week): February to June and September to January. We also have capacity to host one volunteer for two months for up to 28 hours per week in July/August. 

Volunteer placements are unpaid. Therefore, IPRT aims to facilitate flexibility in volunteer hours to support the work and study needs of our volunteers. You will find detailed information about the programmes in the 'Guidelines' document below.

Calls for applications are typically issued twice a year. IPRT is now inviting applicants to our Autumn Volunteer Placement Programme, to commence in early September. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 11th August 2020. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 21st August 2020.      

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, IPRT’s Volunteer Programme will only offer remote placements for Autumn 2020. We will continually review the situation in line with public health advice. Unfortunately, as a small organisation, we cannot provide you with a laptop. You will need to have your own laptop for this placement. You will also need to have access to the internet.

For general queries about the IPRT internship programme, please contact:

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