SRI Internships

One of SRI’s key commitments is to education and training, including of young professionals. In pursuit of this, SRI has conducted a series of seminars and internship programmes. Programmes are also underway for education of seafarers around the world, as well as for lawyers and others who assist seafarers.

Key to our dissemination of research and learning is the SRI Legal Database. This is a searchable database of seafarers’ rights at the international and national levels Content includes international regulations on seafarers’ rights; legislation of nation states as it applies to seafarers; case law; examples of seafarers’ contracts; academic advice and opinions; journal articles and newspaper articles on subjects relevant to seafarers. The database is unique.

Internship programme

SRI offers internship opportunities for highly motivated individuals with a demonstrated interest in maritime issues and seafarers’ rights.

Internships are offered throughout the year and can be arranged for flexible periods of time.

Currently all interns are based at the SRI’s London office at 49 – 60 Borough Road, London SE1 1DR.


Who are we looking for?

Applicants for an internship should:

  • Hold legal qualifications, preferably in maritime subjects, or otherwise have experience in the maritime industry;
  • Have experience in carrying out research, including use of research tools;
  • Have excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Have excellent command of spoken and written English.


Experience to be gained

Experience will include the following:

  • Working on live research projects with the support of a closely integrated team of lawyers and other specialists;
  • Researching and drafting on substantive legal issues; and
  • Assisting with cases as relevant to the aims and mission of SRI.


How to apply

Applicants should send the following by email or post explaining their interest in SRI’s Legal Internship Programme:

  1. Covering letter – this should set out the following:
    • Why the applicant wishes to be considered for an intern position
    • Highlight the areas of law that the applicant is interested in
    • Specific research experience
  2. Full curriculum vitae (CV/resume) including educational qualifications and work experience
  3. Letter of reference – a letter from an academic tutor or a sponsor that will set out the applicant’s academic background and/or personality and suitability for the internship programme
  4. Writing sample – this could be a legal course-work essay or a report that the applicant has written on a relevant legal topic.


The application should be submitted for the attention of:

Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
Seafarers’ Rights International,
49-60 Borough Road,
London SE1 1DR

Via email:

Via fax: + 44 20 7940 9224



All interns are responsible for finding their own accommodation during their stay in London. Please bear in mind that accommodation is expensive in London.


Obtaining visas to work as an intern

SRI strongly advises all potential interns to contact their British mission to get the latest updated information on what they require to enter the United Kingdom. If you do not hold an EU passport, you will be responsible for obtaining a valid work permit that permits you to work full time in the UK before applying.


[Please note that SRI does not guarantee these schemes]


Seafarers’ Wellness Programme

At SRI we are taking action to help educate seafarers through our involvement with those offering training to seafarers. Our involvement began with a project piloted at Cape Peninsula’s University of Technology in South Africa, The Seafarers Wellness Programme 2012. With funding from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, the Wellness programme has expanded into areas that are not adequately covered in other existing training courses of seafarers, promoting all aspects of human and seafarer welfare at sea.

SRI’s input was to create the legal modules for The Seafarers Wellness Programme. These modules help seafarers identify the different sources of their rights, the key players in the maritime industry whose activities can impact on their rights; pre-employment, employment and wage issues with practical guides for use by seafarers themselves or by third parties seeking to assist and advise them. Seafarers learn to understand the risks they may face concerning criminal charges and how they can best defend themselves. Finally seafarers are given an overview of how to enforce their rights; port state control’s role in that; an understanding of the MLC complaints procedure and of how and when to engage a lawyer. These modules link, and give context to the other modules of the programme, covering the whole range of seafarers’ work-related issues.

The idea of humanistic training has now been picked up and developed into a coaching and support programme, Wellness at Sea, launched by the Sailors’ Society in January 2015. This programme is designed to promote health and wellbeing among the world’s seafarers. The course is available at two levels: an Officer Programme and a Cadet Programme.

SRI endorses the Wellness at Sea programme. It is industry-led and already has gained industry buy-in. We are confident that the Sailors’ Society will take the programme to new strengths by expanding it to reach as many seafarers wordwide as possible, thus continuously helping to improve seafarers’ onboard well-being.