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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

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 issues 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. Read more about CERL’s mission.

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Read about Penn Law student Jon Blomberg’s experience in the 2019 program 
Information on the 2020 summer program and application is below. Application deadline is 2/28/2020.

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About the Program

The 2020 program will run from May 26, 2020 to July 24, 2020.

CERL interns work in teams under the supervision of CERL’s leadership and have the opportunity to:

Law students and graduate students in philosophy, political science, international relations, and other related fields who are interested in examining the intersection of rule of law values, applied ethics, and national security are encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from their home institution or from outside sources; stipends 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. 

Applicants should complete the application form and submit a cover letter, CV or resume, transcript, writing sample, and names and contact information of two references. Applications will be evaluated and offers will be made on a rolling basis. The application process for the 2020 internship is closed. Please address any inquiries about CERL’s 2020 Summer Internship Program to



     Conversation with Raymond DuBois                           2019 intern class                                Presentation by Brig. Gen. John Baker