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Summer Internships at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice

Summer Legal Internship Center for Human Rights and Global Justice New York, NY

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law is currently accepting applications for its full-time 10-week summer legal internship program, which will run from June 3 to August 9, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 15, 2019. The Center houses the Global Justice Clinic and the UN mandate on extreme poverty and human rights team. Center faculty and staff will be working across a diverse range of issues, including:

  • Access to justice and legal empowerment

  • Community-based human rights monitoring and data analysis

  • Corporate accountability and remedies for human rights violations by corporate actors

  • Data visualization and human rights

  • Human rights methodology

  • Legal empowerment

  • Poverty and human rights

  • Rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to free, prior, and informed consent

  • Trauma and resilience among human rights defenders

For additional information on CHRGJ’s current research, please visit our website and subscribe to our mailing list to receive announcements regarding new projects. Interns’ work will include legal research, writing, and advocacy support. They will be expected to work well independently and as a team, and will be encouraged to engage with CHRGJ staff and visiting scholars as active colleagues. Interns will also participate in a series of educational seminars held every two weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge of human rights law and practice and/or to pursue a career in public interest and social justice.

Application Instructions Please send the following to Lauren Stackpoole at with the subject: 2019 Summer Legal Internship:

  1. cover letter tailored to the area(s) of CHRGJ you are most interested in working

  2. current CV

  3. names and contact information of two references

  4. unofficial law school transcript

  5. writing sample (English-language, 10 pages maximum, excerpts acceptable)

Application materials should be consolidated into a single PDF file in the order listed above and received by no later than March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encourage to apply early.

Funding Due to limited resources, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek other funding sources, such as their law school’s public interest law centers, local bar foundations and Equal Justice America.

Qualifications Required

  • Current or recent enrollment in a law degree program (JD, LLM, or equivalent)

  • Eligibility to intern in the United States

  • Excellent analytical, research and writing skills as demonstrated by academic record and/or writing sample(s)

  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice

  • Knowledge of the international legal system

  • Strong capacity to work independently and with people from diverse backgrounds, including partner organizations


  • Work experience prior to law school

Not required but will be considered assets for some positions:

  • Fluency and/or ability to conduct legal and human rights research in another language-particularly Spanish, French, and/or Haitian Kreyol

  • Experience with litigation in national, regional, or international bodies

  • Quantitative research skills

  • Systematic qualitative research skills, e.g., content coding, focus groups

  • Training or experience in psychology or mental health

  • Knowledge of earth sciences, especially hydrology or geology

  • Knowledge of extractive industries (oil, mining, and gas)

  • Knowledge of international financial institutions

  • Interest in corporate accountability or business and human rights

Applications from persons of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.


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