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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

Summer Internship Program

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Center’s 2019 Summer Internship Program. The Summer Internship Program offers professional and graduate level students an opportunity to further CERL’s efforts to promote and protect the rule of law in national and international security practice.  Summer interns will interact with national security experts on the critical and cutting-edge problems facing our nation today.

CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law in 21st century conflict, warfare and national security.  CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in times of war and contemporary transnational conflicts. CERL unites scholars and policymakers from various fields in a multi-disciplinary conversation on some of the most challenging issues of our time.

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


Law students, as well as graduate students in philosophy, political science, international relations and other related fields 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 required to seek funding from their home institution or from outside sources; stipends will be provided 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 28, 2019, to Friday, July 19, 2019. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, transcript, writing sample, and names and contact information of two referees. Applications will be evaluated and offers will be made on a rolling basis. We will not accept any applications after February 15, 2019. Please address any inquiries about CERL’s 2019 Summer Internship Program to

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