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Penn Law International Programs and Resources

Penn Law International and Comparative Law Program 

International Summer Human Rights Fellows Program (ISHRF)

Penn Law International Internship Program (PLIIP

Penn Law Transnational Legal Clinic

The Journal of International Law, Penn Law


External International Programs and Resources


Duty Station: THE HAGUE
Posting Period: 13 November 2014-12 January 2015
Job Opening number: 14-LEG-ICTY-38355-R-THE HAGUE

This position is located in Chambers and under the supervision and direction of a Legal Officer. Chambers is seeking legal interns who are available to begin service between December 2014 and June 2015. 

An ICTY internship is UNPAID and full-time. Core working hours for interns are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Overtime may be required to meet deadlines for specific projects. Interns work under the supervision of a staff member in the office to which they are assigned. The duration of an ICTY internship can range from a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, according to the needs of the intern’s assigned office.

The International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991, more commonly referred to as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or ICTY, is a body of the United Nations established to prosecute serious crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and to try their perpetrators. The tribunal is an ad hoc UN court which is located in The Hague, The Netherlands.

General information on the ICTY internship program may be found on the ICTY web site’s internship pages, including:
•  Information about the ICTY offices which offer internships: 
•  Additional information about the ICTY Internship programme:
•  Forms relevant to the ICTY Internship programme: 
•  ICTY Internship FAQs:

Candidates for legal internships in Chambers are required to be, at a minimum, in their final year of law school/university. If the candidate has already completed a four-year undergraduate university degree before commencing graduate legal studies, he or she must have completed at least one year of graduate legal studies by the time the internship commences. Applicants must be computer literate in standard software applications.

Work Experience
Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme, and must be at least 18 years old. Prior experience in a legal work environment is an asset.

English and French are the working languages of the Tribunal. Fluency in oral and written English and/or French is required. Knowledge of other languages, particularly Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, is an asset.

Details and to apply at:



Duty Station:SANTIAGO

Posting Period: 5 November 2014-20 November 2014
Job Opening number:14-ECO-ECLAC-38425-R-SANTIAGO

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC\CEPAL) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region’s economic and social development. Its mission includes supporting the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at, for further information.

The internship in the Economic Development Division will last 2 to 6 months, depending on the needs of the Division/Section. Candidates may be selected throughout the posting period, on an “as-needed” basis.
Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (work five days per week; 35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the Division/Section to which they are assigned, but they may undertake flexible working arrangements, subject to certain conditions.

The internship is UNPAID. All costs of travel and accommodation, including living expenses, must be covered by the intern or any relevant sponsoring institution.

The child or sibling of a staff member shall not be eligible to apply for an internship at the United Nations. Interns shall not be eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, positions at the professional level and above for a period of six months following the end of their internship.

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:
•  Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
•  Be computer literate in standard software applications;
•  Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
•  Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Advanced knowledge of Spanish (both oral and written) is required for the Internship Programme. Advanced knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an asset.



Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 30 October 2014-29 November 2014
Job Opening number: 14-HRA-OCHA-38186-R-DAKAR

The United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the UN Secretariat department responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to complex emergencies and natural disasters. OCHA also ensures that there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort. 

OCHA’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa (ROWCA) core priorities for 2014-2015 are to ensure that humanitarian issues are identified and addressed in the 24 countries within its purview, in particular: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

The approach towards achieving this goal is three-fold: (1) Focus on preparedness by continuing to build the capacity of national and regional actors to respond to the various disasters that occur in their territories, from natural disasters to instability-included emergencies, through preparedness planning; (2) Focus on response by providing support to our Humanitarian Advisers Teams (HATs) and Country Offices (COs) through Surge/ Response missions; and (3) Focus on partnerships by strengthening and developing partnerships with regional entities, notably with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), academia, non-governmental organizations (NGO) networks, etc. 

This internship will be based in Dakar, Senegal, and the intern shall be under the general guidance of the Special Assistant to the Head of OCHA ROWCA. The internship is being offered for a minimum period of two months, with a possibility of extension up to combined period of six months, and an estimated start in early-November.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s (final year), Post graduate, Master’s or Ph.D. programme or equivalent, preferably in political science, social science, international studies, public administration, economics, engineering, earth sciences or related field or a related field. Applicants that have successfully completed an academic programme in a discipline mentioned above must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

Applicants are not required to have professional working experience for participation in the internship program, though any academic and/ or practical experience in humanitarian affairs issues including humanitarian financing mechanisms, humanitarian funding trends, gender equality programming, emergency preparedness, crisis/ emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development and/ or human rights is desirable. Applicants should be computer literate in standard software applications; have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations, a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter and; have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this internship, fluency in French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of English is an asset. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage.

For details and to apply:



New York Office
Summer 2015
Apply Immediately

Internship Description: Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a student to intern with the International Justice Program (“IJP”).  The intern will primarily focus on monitoring international law developments in targeted country situations and researching and drafting papers on issues of international justice. The intern will gain knowledge of international courts and international justice mechanisms and will build skills in legal research, writing, and advocacy. This internship is full-time and a minimum commitment of ten weeks is requested.

Internships are unpaid.  Students are often able to arrange academic credit, as Human Rights Watch internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other US and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights.  Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Qualifications: This internship is open to law students and graduate students who are studying international criminal or humanitarian law.  Applicants should be well-organized, self-motivated, and reliable with a strong interest in international human rights..  Strong writing skills are essential.  Relevant coursework is highly desirable.  Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other languages, particularly French, is highly desirable. Computer skills (i.e., Microsoft Office, internet applications) are required.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by emailing a letter of interest, resume, names or letters of reference, and a brief, unedited writing sample all in English (no calls or email inquiries, please) to Please use “IJP Internship Application – Summer 2015” as the subject of your email.  Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Applicants who are offered an internship, but who are not US permanent residents, US citizens, or in possession of a valid student visa, must apply for a J-1 visa through a sponsoring organization. This process can take several weeks and applicants will have to incur their own costs.



Geneva, Switzerland

January 15

ICJ has numerous possibilities to volunteer in their headquarters office in Geneva as well as on site at one of their six country programs. Applications for summer internships must be sent before January 15th of the year in question. Applications for internships during other periods are accepted all year long. For examples of the kind of internship and volunteer opportunities available, please download the following file: IBJ 2014 Internship. To apply for an internship please send a CV and cover letter explaining where and why you want to volunteer for us, and for how long you would be available, to



Washington, DC

March 6

The IBA opened its North American office in Washington DC in August 2013. The mission of this office is threefold:

  • Serve and expand its membership in North America, namely international lawyers, but also law schools and law students. 
  • Engage in public service, including the implementation of programmes that promote the rule of law and human rights in the developing world and North America. 
  • Provide thought leadership on issues critical to the legal profession, the rule of law and human rights throughout the world.   

Typical projects undertaken by interns include:

  • Developing concept papers and grant proposals in the field of international development;
  • researching & writing remarks for conferences, some of which may be converted into academic papers for publication;
  • assisting with logistics, media solicitations, panellist selection and support for conferences and round tables;
  • organising and contributing to IBA reports & internal research database and analysing evolving trends in legal profession or international development;
  • assisting with expense logging and financial tracking, document creation, meeting preparation, recording of minutes, and outreach.

Skills and experience required:

  • Excellent research, writing and analysis skills;
  • strong interpersonal oral and written skills;
  • self-motivation and emotional intelligence;
  • mastery of computer/internet-based research;
  • experience organising or contributing to workshops and/or seminars;
  • experience abroad is an advantage;
  • fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

Send the following explaining your interest in the IBA Internship Programme (addresses below):

  1. Covering letter - this should set out the following:
      - Why you wish to be considered for an intern position
      - The dates you would be able to take up your position
      - Specific research experience and areas of law that you are interested in
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae (CV / resume)
  3. Application form (you must save this form to your computer before filling it in):
  4. Writing sample* - The writing sample could be a legal essay that you have written for your college degree programme or a report that you have written on a legal topic of interest. Sample must be in English only and not more than 4-5 pages in length. (*Writing sample not required for applications to the Washington DC office.) Because of the nature of the internship placements, much of the work will involve writing reports, letters, or assisting in the preparation of academic articles. The writing sample is useful for us to see how you structure a piece of written work and how you form and support an argument.
  5. Letter of reference - a letter from an academic tutor or employer mentioning your academic background, personality and suitability for the internship programme. This should be sent directly by your referee. If you are applying for funding, your academic referee should state their opinion on your eligibility to receive a grant as part of their overall reference.


Applications, reference letters and questions regarding  Washington DC internships should be sent via e-mail to or by post to:

Mr Jason Davis, Program Associate
International Bar Association, North America Office
1667 K Street NW, Suite 1230
Washington, DC 20006

Phone: +1 202 827 3274



Washington, DC


The ABA Rule of Law Initiative Internships are offered throughout the year during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters allowing for complete applications to be accepted on a rolling basis. The internships are created and filled based on each division’s specific needs, workload and ultimately their capacity to host an intern for that particular semester. Should you not hear from us, it is safe to assume that another candidate has been selected. If you have been selected for the position you will be contacted directly by Program Staff prior to the start of the position.

Responsibilities will vary depending on the section’s immediate needs. Duties may include assisting the department with the management of international programs, monitoring the political and economic developments in a region, researching areas of interest, aiding with correspondence, working with program and in-country staff on day-to-day support tasks, and performing administrative duties requested by the relevant office staff.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative is potentially seeking unpaid legal interns for its offices in various countries, across the Asia, Africa, MENA, LAC, and Europe and Eurasia regions. Legal interns will work on various projects as outlined in the term of reference for each office.  Responsibilities will include assisting in the development, planning and implementation of country specific programming, researching and drafting reports, briefings and other related documentation, assisting with the preparation and implementation of training workshops, seminars or other legal education activities, and performing administrative duties requested by the relevant office staff.



New Haven, CT, USA

LWOB offers unpaid internships to law and undergraduate students and young lawyers.

Applications are generally reviewed on a rolling basis at least 3 or more months before the start of the new internship term. Highly qualified applicants will be accepted on an “early admissions” basis. If you do not receive an acceptance within two weeks of your application, you may assume you have been put in the regular pool for consideration and you may expect to hear from us up to 2-3 months before the summer internship begins, and one month before the fall, winter and spring internship start dates. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, feel free to email our office. No calls please. 

All internships are unpaid, and our interns typically live in the region or within a 1+ hour commute of our offices.  It is not unusual for internship spaces to be filled well before the start of the internship term and we therefore encourage you to apply early. For late applicants, please inquire about our wait-list as last minute vacancies sometimes occur with an intern withdrawal.   

Intern applicants should:

  • speak and write fluent English, (2nd language fluency in Spanish, Arabic, Farsi and/or French, is a plus) 
  • have a strong academic record and/or diverse international experience credentials
  • have a commitment to make a difference in the pro bono legal or human rights sectors  
  • work well in a team environment.  
  • work independently, take initiative and require modest supervision 
  • apply creative approaches to traditional subjects 
  • during school term, commit to a minimum two full 8 hour days per week or 16-20 hours per week. Fall/Spring interns are expected to start their internships within one week of the start of classes and complete the internship approximately 1 week before exams or term close.
  • Summer interns 7/8 to 10 uninterrupted weeks in summer 
    (Please arrange your summer breaks or vacations before or after your internship, not during). Students applying for summer internships and available for 10 or more weeks will be given preference over equally qualified applicants for shorter time periods. 

LWOB will consider requests by USA citizens to work for up to 30 continuous (full time) days during January break, largely dependent upon the strength of the applicant’s academic record and CV. Students applying from abroad will be considered for the January term internship, on a case by case basis. Otherwise, due to the lengthy paperwork and lead time, students applying from abroad will generally only be considered for a long-term full time (3 months or longer) internship. All immigration documentation, visa permissions and costs for international applicants are the responsibility of the applicant. 

Law Students please note, we do not guarantee that you will have opportunities to do legal research during your internship—although we will make an effort to provide at least one or more meaningful large scale legal research assignments for you. 

Field Assignments: We will support any fellowship applications or proposals you may seek in connection with field work in the above cities. However, you must first have a concrete plan and funding strategy before scheduling a first meeting with LWOB to discuss your proposal. 

Secondment: We welcome secondees for a period of one or more years and suggest you contact us privately at  to inquire about secondments to LWOB from the private sector. 

Due the large number of inquiries we receive, any communications that do not contain all of the above requested information components will not be considered or acknowledged. We can assure you of this: An email along the following lines will not receive a response: 

“I’m interested in whether you have any internship opportunities.”

No internship or other volunteer application of any sort will be considered without a detailed CV/Resume (with names of references) and cover letter.  Internship applications (Cover Letter and CV) should be submitted in writing to

Post graduate fellowship or lawyer volunteer applications should state that in the subject line of your email, and be addressed to

Applicants for all positions must indicate in your cover letter :
1) Proposed start and finish dates 
2) Acknowledge that you realize

  • that the internship is unpaid and there will be no compensation for any associated costs you incur
  • that you understand that a part of your internship may require performing tasks associated with LWOB in-house administration of international rule of law programming
  • that the commitment is for a minimum of 8-10 continuous uninterrupted weeks (Summer Applicants should plan their vacations before or after the internship)

Applications for Summer 2015 are now open. 



The WTO Secretariat maintains a limited internship programme for post-graduate university students wishing to gain practical experience and deeper knowledge of the multilateral trading system. Only a limited number of such internship posts is available. As part of the internship programme, we also offer the WTO Accessions Internship Programme (, sponsored by the Government of China, within the framework of the MOU on the “China’s LDCs and Accessions Programme” established in July 2011. Four internship positions are available on an annual basis under this Programme. Interested candidates should follow the procedures and conform to the eligibility criteria set out below. Intake to the programme is on a continuing basis, with no specific recruitment period. There is no opening or closing date for applications.

Duration: Up to 24 weeks.

General Functions Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance interns’ knowledge and understanding of the WTO and of trade policy more generally. However, the needs of the Division recruiting an intern will be paramount in determining the precise nature of assignments.


Eligibility: Interns are recruited from among nationals of WTO Members and countries and customs territories engaged in accession negotiations. Interns will have completed their undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, law, political science, international relations), and shall have completed at least one year of their postgraduate studies. The minimum age for an intern shall be 21 years and the maximum age 30 years. A roster of suitable candidates is maintained from which interns are selected. In addition to the regular internship programme, the need may also arise to recruit interns at short notice for particular tasks. These recruits will also be drawn from the roster. Names will not be maintained on the roster for longer than one year.

Contractual Terms and Conditions: Paid interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including week-ends and official holidays falling within the selected period). No other remuneration of any kind shall be paid. Internships take place in Geneva, Switzerland only. Travel expenses to and from Geneva cannot be paid by the WTO, and such travel is not covered by the Organization’s insurance. Interns are also responsible for their own insurance cover for illness and accidents while they are working at the WTO. The WTO may also employ unpaid interns funded from external sources. Internships are generally of a duration of up to 24 weeks, the length of the internship depending on the project the interns is requested to work on, and on the needs of each Division. The granting of an internship does not entail in any way the right to an extension thereof nor to a vacancy in another part of the Secretariat. Interns may nevertheless apply to external vacancies. Internships can start at any time during the year. An internship can be terminated by the WTO Secretariat or by the intern with one week’s notice. The Director responsible for an intern will write an evaluation report at the end of the internship, and the intern will also be required to evaluate the internship. Both evaluations will be placed on file. An agreement will be established between the intern and the Director of the Human Resources Division, specifying the conditions of service and details of any remuneration. Interns are treated like secretariat staff members during their stay insofar as their obligations, in particular with regard to confidentiality.


Internship Opportunities at CGD

CGD seeks highly qualified and deeply dedicated interns on an as-needed basis to assist our research and program goals, to further our communications and outreach efforts, and to improve our organizational efficiency. The Center typically offers internships during the summer and also on a semester basis to college students, graduate students, and recent college graduates. Applicants for internship positions are encouraged to become familiar with the Center’s main areas of work and may find our Publications and For Educators sections particularly useful.

The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all. A nimble, independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank, CGD combines world-class research with policy analysis and innovative communications to turn ideas into action.