CHRGJ Summer Legal Internship Deadline Extended

** Deadline Extended to January 25, 2017 **

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law is still accepting applications for its full-time summer legal internship program, which will run from June 1 to August 11, 2017.

Through CHRGJ’s Summer Legal Internship Program, law students will have the opportunity to work with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, the Just Security blog, and the Global Justice Clinic, along with an expert team of CHRGJ directors and staff.

Center interns will be tackling a wide range of issues, with special focus on human rights and the United States; inequality and the global economy with a focus on the intersection between human rights and tax policy; transitional justice; data visualization; human rights methodology; vicarious trauma and resilience among human rights defenders; and U.S. national security law and international law involving use of force and armed conflict. Interns may also be involved in developing new projects relating to: the inter-American system and racial injustice, Islamophobia, treatment of prisoners, and suppression of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in the United States.

Interns’ 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. 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 (1) cover letter, (2) current CV, (3) three references, (4) current academic transcript (unofficial is fine), and (5) a writing sample (10 pages maximum) to Pamela Mercado at with the subject: 2017 Summer Legal Internship. Please consolidate all application materials in the order listed above into one PDF file.  Application deadline has been extended to January 25, 2017. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m (EST).



  • Current or recent enrollment in a law degree program
  • Excellent analytical, research and writing skills as demonstrated by academic record and/or writing sample(s)
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Knowledge of the international legal system
  • Strong capacity to work independently and with people from diverse backgrounds, including partner organizations


  • Work experience prior to law school

Not required but will be considered assets for some positions:

  • Fluency and/or ability to conduct legal and human rights research in another language-particularly Spanish, French, Haitian Kreyol, Swahili, and/or Arabic
  • Experience working in or advocating before the inter-American system
  • Experience with litigation in national, regional or international bodies
  • Quantitative research skills
  • Systematic qualitative research skills, e.g., content coding, focus groups
  • Training or experience in psychology or mental health
  • Training or experience in journalism
  • Knowledge of earth sciences, especially hydrology or geology
  • Knowledge of extractive industries (oil, mining and gas)
  • Knowledge of international financial institutions
  • Interest in corporate accountability or business and human rights

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