CERL’s Summer Internship Program
The Summer Internship Program prepares professional and graduate level students interested in the national security field by providing an ethics and rule of law foundation so that future perspectives, leadership, and decision-making are always rooted in the rule of law. Our interns help further CERL’s mission as well through research, writing, and conference planning, and gain valuable insights through conversations with national security experts on the critical and cutting-edge problems facing our nation today.
CERL is a non-partisan institute that preserves and promotes ethics and the rule of law in national security, democratic governance, conflict, and war. The only center of its kind housed within a law school, CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics, and unites scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, to probe critical issues through the lens of ethics and the rule of law. Using the tools of interdisciplinary engagement and open dialogue, CERL experts answer the hard questions that arise when the rule of law is threatened or violated, and provides guidance that helps safeguard U.S. democracy.
CERL interns work in teams under the supervision of CERL’s leadership and have the opportunity to:
- Publish original works for CERL’s blog, The Rule of Law Post
Research critical ethical and rule of law issues affecting the United States today
Past research topics included the influence of dark money, disinformation and cyber-attacks on democratic elections, kinetic and non-kinetic grey zone conflicts, the privatization of the military, the weaponization of outer space, and using law to fight terror.
Assist in all aspects of planning CERL’s conferences, workshops, and public programs
Past events include Democracy in the Crosshairs: Cyber Interference, Dark Money and Foreign Influence, Interrogation
and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality, and Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism
and National Security
- Contribute to CERL’s academic publications
- Help prepare policy briefings and media appearances by CERL staff and board members
- Interact with leading academics and practitioners, including CERL Executive Board members, in the national security field