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International Justice Project Internships

The International Justice Program accepts interns applying from academic programs for the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Internships are highly competitive and the International Justice Program generally has 1-2 interns for any given period. Accordingly, interns with legal research experience, excellent writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to international justice work are given preference. Fall and spring internships require a minimum commitment of 8 hours per week. Summer internships are 20-40 hours per week. Internships are unpaid and interns are responsible for their expenses, including housing, transportation, parking, etc. The Advocates does not assist international applicants with visas or other immigration processes. To apply for an internship with the International Justice Program please submit an intern application, a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample of no more than 5 pages. All materials should be submitted to the Internship Coordinator at [email protected].

If you are not eligible for or cannot commit to the hours for an internship, you may contact The Advocates via [email protected] to inquire about other volunteer opportunities, which do arise regularly.
Fall – Complete applications must be received by August 1
Summer – Complete applications must be received by February 10 (or earlier if you are applying for a fellowship)
Spring – Complete applications must be received by November 15
Possible intern duties:
  • Research international law, including human rights & humanitarian law, international criminal law, international standards and best-practices, etc.
  • Compile country/region specific information on rule of law issues, human rights defenders, civil society activities, legislative developments, and state compliance with international human rights standards.
  • Assist staff and volunteers with compiling reports based on human rights monitoring missions.
  • Assist with maintaining current information on The Advocates’ web pages, electronic networking sites, and other organizational materials.
  • Help to develop educational/promotional materials for use with schools and community groups.
  • Assist with planning trainings and preparing materials for volunteers participating in human rights monitoring projects both overseas and in the US.
  • Translate documents as necessary.
  • Assist with all aspects of work at a small non-profit, including administrative tasks, event planning, outreach, etc.
Desired qualifications/experience/interests:
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Experience with research outside the legal arena, such as political science, governance, anthropology, etc.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights, rule of law, humanitarian law, etc.
  • Fluency in English