CHRGJ Call for 2015 Summer Legal Interns

CHRGJ is currently accepting applications for its full-time summer internship program, which will run from June 1 to August 7, 2015. Interns will work under the guidance of one or more of the Center’s human rights staff on activities related to the Center’s current projects. This summer’s primary focus will be economic, social, and cultural rights. In particular, the Center is engaged in research and advocacy concerning inequality, fiscal policy, and human rights, the impact of international financial institutions on human rights, and the human rights implications of gold mining in Haiti, Ghana, and other countries. The work will include legal research, writing, and advocacy support. Interns will be expected to work well independently and as a team, and will be encouraged to engage with CHRGJ staff and visiting scholars as active colleagues.

Throughout the summer, interns will be provided with several educational opportunities and orientation sessions aimed at expanding their knowledge of human rights law, scholarship, and practice, and familiarizing them with human rights research tools available at NYU’s Law Library. They also will be exposed to the work of a wide array of human rights experts through the Center’s ongoing visiting lecturer series, which aims to highlight the breadth of opportunities in the field of human rights law. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge of human rights law and practice and/or to pursue a career in public interest and social justice.

To apply: Send your current CV, a cover letter, three references, current academic transcript, and a writing sample to Audrey Watne with the subject: 2015 Summer Legal Internship. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must be received by COB February 27th, 2014. The internship is open to all law students, including LLMs. As this is an unpaid internship, candidates are encouraged to seek funding from their Public Interest Law Centers and other sources.

Preferred skills:

  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, especially in legal research and writing;
  • Excellent academic record;
  • Fluency in another language—particularly French, Haitian Kreyol, and/or Spanish;
  • Work experience prior to law school;
  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice;
  • Knowledge of the international legal system;
  • A strong capacity to work independently and with people from diverse backgrounds, including partner organizations.