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Internships in the Bureau for Africa at USAID. The Bureau for Africa typically hosts student interns during the summer (June 15 to August 15) at USAID headquarters in Washington D.C. and in select overseas missions. All interns must be U.S. citizens and a junior, senior, or graduate student at the time of their application. Interns placed in missions in Africa must be proficient in a foreign language (French, Spanish, Portuguese, and/or a local language depending on the country where they are placed). Summer 2012 update: The application period for 2012 internships will open on January 16, 2012 and close on March 01, 2012. Please click here for more information and to apply.

CRCC Asia is proud to be providing ten need-based scholarships this fall. If you are looking to boost your resume and stand out in the crowd, CRCC Asia offers Internship Programs and Language Programs to allow you to both invest in your future and experience China. China’s economy has grown at a meteoric rate and its business community is part of the most exciting and promising markets in the world. Now, companies and individuals across the globe are lining up to do business in China: it is without question the most exhilarating, challenging and fast-growing nation in which to work. As the leading provider of internships in China, we offer students and graduates the opportunity to further their personal and professional development in a dynamic international setting. Please review Applications due by Monday, October 31, 2011.

The International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission (IHFFC) is offering a paid internship to a student who will monitor the relevant work of the United Nations General Assembly and other bodies, starting in early October 2011. The IHFFC is an independent treaty body created according to Art. 90 of Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Convention and tasked with conducting inquiries in cases of alleged violations of the conventions and their additional protocols. The Swiss Government acts as the Secretariat of the Commission. The internship is organized by the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Students interested in applying for the post should send a CV, and a cover letter outlining any relevant experience, to Audrey Watne ( by September 20, 2011. Candidates will be shortlisted within one week and will be invited to an interview in New York with Professor Michael Bothe, President of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. Applications due by Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

PILnet’s New York Office Seeks a Regional Project Consultant for the Middle East and North Africa to support the implementation of an initial project on “Advancing Public Interest Advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa”. PILnet: the Global Network for Public Interest Law, formerly known as the Public Interest Law Institute (PILI), is an international NGO devoted to building a global network to activate, empower and connect those who use legal tools to work in the public interest. The project is for one year, but may be extended. An integral member of PILnet’s team, the full-time Project Consultant will be based in New York, and is responsible for executing the project, which will include a high level convening of NGOs and legal educators from five countries of the region, including primarily Egypt and Tunisia as well as Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. The convening is expected to lead to the development of new strategies that will be assisted by PILnet in the longer run. The consultant reports to PILnet’s Program Director and Executive Director. Applicants must speak Arabic and English. To apply, submit in English a CV and cover letter to: Applications due by Monday, August 1, 2011.

Refugees International seek a Senior Advocate for Statelessness. This post is the core staff program position responsible for providing high-level leadership and strategy development for RI's work to reduce and prevent Statelessness. S/he leads 3-4 missions overseas to research on stateless groups, in particular within RI's priority focus regions. S/he is the principal liaison and focal point for RI with the UN, the US government and focus countries on this issue. S/he develops and leads the implementation of the agreed advocacy strategy and is responsible for assessing its impact. Additionally, s/he will participate in the development of fundraising proposals and reporting in support of these activities. The successful candidate must be available to travel to countries and regions experiencing humanitarian crises and equipped to assess the level and causes of displacement. Upon completion of assessment missions, the Senior Advocate is responsible for writing short field reports including recommendations and longer reports as deemed necessary to advance RI's strategic goals. The ideal candidate will have at least five years professional experience involving some combination of overseas work, preferably with refugees displaced on nationality and/or human rights issues, or in crisis situations. To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Rosa Guerrero at

The Carter Center seeks an on-site consultant Deputy Director at their Kinshasa office in DR Congo. The position requires immediate relocation to Africa and knowledge of French and English. The Carter Center is preparing to monitor the presidential elections anticipated in November 2011 in DRC, and is currently recruiting highly-qualified individuals for a Deputy Director position to help manage and implement electoral observation activities, including the deployment of long-term observers in July and a short-term delegation surrounding the immediate election period. Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years of experience implementing election monitoring missions, democracy and governance or human rights programming requiring the deployment and management of field staff. This independent contract position is initially assigned for 6 months, with possibility of further extension. Salary is commensurate with experience. Costs associated with international travel as well as accommodation, transport and communications in DRC are undertaken by the Carter Center. To apply please send a cover letter, CV, contract requirements, and list of references to Jennifer Russi, Assistant Project Coordinator-Democratic Republic of Congo, The Carter Center- 453 Freedom Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30307, or email the same to Apply immediately!

WITNESS in Cairo, Egypt seeks an on-site media consultant as their Program Manager, who is responsible for overseeing the planning, strategy development, production, editing, distribution and use of video and related social media for the purpose of furthering specific human rights goals. The ideal candidate can speak Arabic, is highly-motivated, self-directed, and possess video and social media expertise, as well as experience working with human rights organizations and activists in the Middle East and North Africa and who speaks Arabic and English fluently. Experience in other regions is also an advantage. To apply send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to with the subject line “MENA Manager.” Applications accepted until position filled.

Human Rights Watch seeks an on-site Researcher to monitor violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in South Asia, covering key countries such as India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Responsibilities include collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources including governments, local media, NGOs, journalists, diplomats, security forces and others in the field. Apply by email to and attach a letter of interest, resume, references, salary requirements, and a brief writing sample. Please use "South Asia Researcher Ref ASI-11-1029-G" as the subject of your email. Applications due by July 4, 2011.

Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, DC seeks a JD graduate to be their Human Rights Program Officer. The Human Rights Program Officer is responsible for managing, developing, designing and implementing projects on violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. The Program Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Human Rights, Vital Voices Global Partnership and will provide programmatic support for the development and execution of programs in DC and internationally. The position will include up to 30% travel. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest and substantive knowledge of women's issues in the international community and have five years experience directing advocacy or service programs on international women's issues related to human rights, specifically, domestic violence, sexual violence, and slavery and human trafficking. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to, with “Human Rights Program Officer” in the subject line. Applications accepted until position filled.

The United States Department of Transportation, Office of the General Council, Office of International Law seeks legal interns. The Office of International Law provides legal support to the Office of the Secretary in all modes of Transportation. Its areas of responsibility include transportation negotiations with foreign countries, international transportation safety and security, Global Satellite issues, aviation licensing and regulatory matters involving international transportation, and international aviation antitrust matters. Projects have included research and analysis of the law of executive agreements, treaty denunciation, and dispute resolution clauses in international agreements, writing international technical cooperation agreements, review of legislation affecting international transportation, and review of orders granting license authority to U.S. and foreign air carriers in contested adjudicatory cases. Internships are unpaid, though may be for academic credit. To apply, send a resume and short writing sample via email to Summer, Fall and Spring sessions are available. For Fall internships, the deadline to apply is June 1, 2011.

The United States Department of Commerce, Office of the General Counsel offers fall legal internships. Students may be placed various offices including some of interest to international law students such as the Chief Counsel for International Commerce, the Chief Counsel for Import Administration, and the General Counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others. Internships may be paid at the GS-7 to GS-9 level depending on funding and experience. Applicants may apply electronically between July 1 and no later than September 15, 2011. Summer internships are also available.

Hadsell, Stormer, Keeny, Richardson & Renick, LLP, a civil rights and international human rights law firm located in Pasadena, California seeks Summer 2011 Law Clerks. Applicants should possess a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal work, have strong research and writing skills, and must be in their second year of law school. Apply immediately.

The Center for Reproductive Rights will hire four interns this summer for its International Legal Program based in New York City. The ten week program will expose interns to the Center's activities including: litigation to enforce reproductive rights norms in national, regional and international fora; developing advocacy tools and training materials to build the capacity and support the work of reproductive rights lawyers worldwide; monitoring and documenting violations of reproductive rights; and analyzing legal and policy developments relating to reproductive rights. Some funding may be available. Interested applicants should apply immediately.

The Center for Biological Diversity is hiring legal interns for Summer 2011 in its San Francisco office. Interns will assist with the preparation of litigation aimed at protecting imperiled species and habitat. The San Francisco office is a hub of legal activity with several attorneys working on cutting edge environmental law issues such as ocean protection, climate change, public lands, and urban wildlands. Part-time Fall and Spring sessions are also available. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Asylum Access seeks legal volunteer legal advocates at its headquarters in San Francisco and in its field offices located in Ecuador, Thailand, and Tanzania. Volunteer legal advocates receive an intensive training in international refugee law, and practice before local offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or local refugee status adjudicators. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy at a national or international level. Advocates must commit to six months or more in order to volunteer in a field office. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative seeks legal interns for a variety of programs. Based in Washington D.C. or abroad depending on the position, internships are available in the following programs: HIV/AIDS and the Law; Research and Assessments; Nepal field internship; Europe and Eurasia Division (both D.C. and field-based positions open); Comparative Law filed internship in Panama City, Panama. Details on all programs are available here. Ongoing.

REDRESS seeks legal interns in its London offices to assist the representation of individuals and groups of torture survivors. Interns will work with the REDRESS staff on a variety of assignments, including work on individual cases, background research for reports and submissions and other related projects. To apply, email materials. REDRESS is also seeking an intern with fluent French to work specifically on its ICC Program. To apply, email materials. Ongoing.

The International Association of Women Judges seeks law student interns to do legal research and writing under the direction of the IAWJ's Human Rights Education Director. Assignments will vary according to the language skills and interests of the intern. Those with a background or skills in impact evaluation techniques or related fields (economics, statistics, public health, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. To apply, send cover letter, resume, writing sample, current transcripts, and names of references to Ongoing.

Timap For Justice seeks law student interns to assist in the provision of basic justice services in Sierra Leone. Interns will be placed in a rural office and will work side-by-side with Timap for Justice paralegals serving individual clients and addressing community-level issues. Internships are ten-weeks long, and available year round. Ongoing.

The International Court of Justice offers one to three month unpaid internships. A limited number of internships are available throughout the year. Placements are possible in all departments and divisions of the Registry. The working languages of the Court are English and French. Apply online. Ongoing.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers legal internships for students to work in the field of refugee protection. Internships range from two to six months and are usually based in the Geneva or Budapest offices, though other placements are possible. Applicants must apply online. Ongoing.

Career Opportunities for Alumni

Seattle University School of Law is currently accepting applications for the Korematsu Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. This fellowship is a two year appointment starting Fall 2011. The position requires a JD degree, active bar membership and significant litigation experience. Clerkship and teaching experience is desirable. Applications received by February 1 will receive priority, the position will close when it is filled. Apply immediately.

The O'Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking a Law Fellow for immediate hire. The candidate should possess the qualifications listed above. The fellowship term will be from January to August, 2011. Apply immediately.

The Center for American and International Law seeks an Assistant Director to oversee the Institute for Energy Law, the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and the Institute for Law and Technology. The Assistant Director will develop the Institutes educational programs, memberships, volunteer efforts, and work on other activities, publications, and special projects. Applicants should have a law degree and practice experience, verbal and written fluency in Spanish or other languages, experience in professional education, IT, membership development, marketing and other cultures. The successful candidate will start January 1, 2011, or as soon as possible. Apply immediately.

Human Rights in China (HRIC) seeks New York and Hong Kong Program Directors. The Program Directors will coordinate HRIC's three main areas on advocacy: domestic advocacy, international advocacy, and information communications technology. Native-level fluency in Mandarin Chinese and English with at least five years of senior management experience in an NGO or the private sector are required. To apply, submit materials for the openings in New York or Hong Hong. Apply Immediately.

Asylum Access seeks legal volunteer legal advocates at its headquarters in San Francisco and in its field offices located in Ecuador, Thailand, and Tanzania. As described above, advocates must commit to six months or more in order to volunteer in a field office. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Dan Saxon

Photo: King Hall alumnus Dan Saxon, longtime prosecutor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, headquartered at The Hague, Netherlands, will begin teaching International Humanitarian Law at Cambridge University in England this year.