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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law


Executive Director

CERL’s Executive Director collaborates with CERL’s Faculty Director to design and implement a long-term growth strategy to advance CERL’s mission. Reporting to CERL’s Faculty Director, the Executive Director also architects and implements a strategic series of events, conferences, publications, and policy papers designed to enhance CERL’s role as a creator, convener, and conveyor of cutting-edge topics within its areas of expertise. The CERL Executive Director oversees day-to-day operations for the Center, managing and coordinating a team including an Administrative Director, fellows, and students working in partnership with Penn Law staff. Additionally, the Executive Director directs CERL’s Summer Internship Program. In addition, she or he will work with the Administrative Director to help fundraising efforts on behalf of the Center, as well as to design and help implement communications strategies to grow CERL’s visibility and influence.

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Director of Engagement 


CERL’s Director of Engagement will create, oversee and implement CERL’s external relations and fundraising strategy. Reporting to CERL’s Faculty Director and in collaboration with the Center’s Executive Director, the Director of Engagement will create a development plan to ensure CERL’s long term growth, and then direct and coordinate its implementation. The Director of Engagement will also direct CERL’s communications and marketing efforts to bring public attention to CERL’s work. Finally, the Director of Engagement will support CERL’s Faculty and Executive Directors in a variety of tasks relating to CERL’s programming and day-to-day operations. 

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2018 Summer Internship Program


The Summer Internship Program offers professional and graduate level students an opportunity to engage with efforts to promote and protect the rule of law in national and international security practice.  Summer interns will enhance their theoretical and practical understanding of ethics and rule of law values in contemporary asymmetric warfare as well as address critical and cutting-edge problems facing national security experts today. Interns in the Program will work as a team under the supervision of CERL’s leadership, and will participate in CERL’s on-going activities: assisting in the preparation of CERL’s upcoming conferences, workshop, and other public programs, contributing to CERL’s academic publications, and drafting briefing papers for policymakers and media outlets. Interns will meet once a week for lunch as a group to hear presentations by guest speakers, discuss work in progress, and engage in planning activities relating to CERL’s ongoing activities. 

Law students, as well as graduate students from other disciplines related to CERL’s mission interested in examining the intersection of rule of law values, applied ethics, and national security are encouraged to apply. CERL will accept a limited number of undergraduates on a non-remunerated basis. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from their home institution or from outside sources; stipends of up to $3,000 will be offered on a limited basis for students who are unable to obtain funding. If accepted into the program, international students are responsible for securing the proper work visas.

The internship program will last eight weeks, from Tuesday, May 29, 2018, to Friday, July 20, 2018. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, transcript, writing sample, and names and contact information of two referees. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please address any inquiries about CERL’s 2018 Summer Internship Program to

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