Career Resources

WEBSITES FOR INTERNATIONAL JOB SEARCHES

Prepared by PILC

Included here are compilations of listings related to international public interest. We also list some specific organizations, although this is only a sample – there are many more!

Also, please read this article from PILC’s Sara Rakita regarding Jobs with the UN and International Organizations

General

ABA-Section of International Law, Human Rights Committee E-Briefwww.abanet.org/abanet/common/email/listserv/listcommands.cfm?parm=subs

Weekly newsletter with organization profiles, job listings, and human rights news.

ABA International Human Rights Committee Job Search Linkshttp://sites.google.com/site/ihrcjoblistinglinks/home

American Society of International Law, https://www.asil.org/resources/careers-international-law.

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)www.awid.org/jobs

Weekly listing of gender-related vacancies; often includes human rights jobs.

Communication Initiativewww.comminit.com/vacancies.html

Designed to facilitate communication among development professionals (legal and non-legal).

Devexwww.devex.com 

Job listings in the development field, including many related to human rights.

DevNet Jobswww.DevNetJobs.org

Job listings in the development field, including many related to human rights.

Foreign Policy Associationwww.fpa.org/jobs_contact2423/jobs_contact.htm

Weekly jobs newsletter.

HRights Opportunities List (Yale, Schell Center), Great list serve of human rights openings. To subscribe, send an email to schell.law@yale.edu and specify you want to be added to the jobs list.

Human Rights Blogwww.humanrightsblog.org/listings

Human Rights Resourcewww.hri.ca

For a complete list, enter nothing and click on “search.”

Human Rights Jobswww.humanrightsjobs.com

Some jobs open to all, others are for members only.

Human Rights Resource Centerwww.hrusa.org/field/joblinks.shtm

Links to numerous job pages at NGOs and inter-governmental organizations.

Human Rights Toolsjobs.humanrightstools.org

Idealist (Action without Borders)www.idealist.org

Comprehensive listing of public service positions, both legal and non-legal, in over 140 countries. This is an especially good site for post-graduate job listings. Searchable by subject matter, country, type of position, and other categories.

Microfinance Gatewaywww.microfinancegateway.org/p/site/m/jobs

Job listings may be non-legal, but good for people interested in development or micro-finance.

One Worldus.oneworld.net/jobs

Pambazuka News (Africa-focused)pambazuka.org/en/category/jobs/

Peacebuilding Portalpeacebuildingportal.org

Created by the United Nations, a database of NGOs working searchable by region, country, theme and type of organization focusing on human security, peacebuilding & conflict.

PSJDhttp://www.psjd.org/

Can search organizations, jobs, fellowships and internships (paid and unpaid) throughout the world. Has better coverage of some countries than others.

Public Interest Law Institutehttp://www.pilnet.org/public-interest-law-news/pilnet-listings/archive/listing.html

Jobs and other postings related to public interest around the world.

ReliefWebwww.reliefweb.int/vacancies

Lots of field positions for mostly humanitarian and some human rights jobs.

Information on Funding International Public Interest Work

Foundation Centerwww.foundationcenter.org

A wealth of information on funding agencies and foundations, including application details, program priorities and past funding. Excellent databases available for free in their libraries in several cities including New York (see website for locations), and online for subscribers.

United Nations Internship Programmewww.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/htm/funding.htm

Country by country links of potential resources for interning at the UN.

Finding and Funding International Public Service Opportunitieswww.pslawnet.org/assets/394_findingfundingintlpsoppor.pdf

Report with organization links, information on international opportunities with the federal government, and other opportunities.

Human Rights Funders Groupwww.hrfunders.org

Information on foundations that support human rights group, and a searchable database.

International Jobs with the Federal Government

General resource is lawschool.westlaw.com (Click on Job Postings, then Law Student Jobs Online, then Federal Careers for Attorneys).

Offices with high concentration of international work:

Arms Control and Disarmament Agencydosfan.lib.uic.edu/acda/abtacda.htm

The agency’s legal department offers a fellowship for which law students are eligible.

Central Intelligence Agencywww.cia.gov

Law graduates are hired for the Legal Honors Program, and 2Ls for a paid summer clerkship.

Department of Defensewww.dod.gov 

Law students are hired for paid summer legal internships.

Export-Import Bank of the United Stateswww.exim.gov 

General Counsel’s office hires very small number of law students for summer internships.

Office of the U.S. Trade Representativewww.ustr.gov

Overseas Private Investment Corporationwww.opic.gov

U.S. Agency for International Developmentwww.usaid.gov

U.S. Army Corps of Engineerswww.usace.army.mil 

The office hires 5-10 law graduates each year for its Civilian Honors Law Graduate Program.

U.S. Department of Justicewww.usdoj.gov

Students with international interests should consider the following DOJ constituent groups: Antitrust, Civil, Criminal, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), Office of International Affairs and the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.

U.S. Department of Statewww.state.gov 

The Office of the Legal Adviser hires law students and graduates through Early Interview Week. Some of the Department work provides overseas placement or domestic work on international issues. The office also coordinates U.S. government recruitment efforts for the UN, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, Organization of American States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

U.S. International Trade Commissionwww.usitc.gov

U.S. Trade and Development Agencywww.tda.gov

Offices with more limited involvement with international work:

U.S. Department of Agriculturewww.usda.gov

U.S. Department of Commercewww.commerce.gov

Commodities Futures Trading Commissionwww.cftc.gov

Congressional Research Servicewww.loc.gov/crsinfo

Federal Reserve Boardwww.federalreserve.gov

Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protectionwww.ftc.gov

Nuclear Regulatory Commissionwww.nrc.gov

Securities and Exchange Commissionwww.sec.gov

Office of International Affairs investigates enforcement problems, promotes cooperation among international bodies, and works on treaties. Law graduates are hired for the Advance Commitment program.

U.S. Department of Transportationwww.dot.gov

The Office of General Counsel has a small Office of International Law. The Honors Attorney Program is offered every two years for graduating law students.

U.S. Department of the Treasurywww.ustreas.gov

Coordinates U.S. recruitment efforts for the Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund and World Bank.. The Office of General Counsel hires graduates for its Legal Honors Program, with the possibility of assignment to handle legal issues for the Office of International Affairs which promotes economic growth and stability.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedomwww.uscirf.gov

Inter-governmental Organizations

International Criminal Courtwww.icc-cpi.int/Menus/ICC/Recruitment

Preference to citizens of States parties, so Americans beware!

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwandawww.un.org/ictr

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia,www.un.org/icty/pratical-e/index.htm

JPO Programswww.jposc.org/content/programme/other_programmes-en.html

JPO programs open junior professional positions with UN agencies to nationals of specified countries. Certain governments sponsor JPO positions for their nationals, and some sponsor positions for nationals of developing nations. JPO programs for US citizens are listed at www.state.gov/g/prm/jpoae

PAE-REACTwww.pae-react.com

This is the contractor paid by the US State Department to select US citizens for seconded jobs with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

United Nationsjobs.un.org/Galaxy/Release3/vacancy/vacancy.aspx

Check under “Human Rights,” “Legal,” and “Humanitarian Affairs.”

For information on the competitive exam, see www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/examin/exam.htm

UN Development Programwww.undp.org/jobs

For information on UNDP Leadership Development Program, see www.undp.org/lead.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rightswww.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/WorkStudyOpportunities.aspx

Theoretically the High Commissioner’s vacancies are all listed on the UN site, but in reality there are often jobs here that are never posted to the main site.

UN High Commissioner for Refugeeswww.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c491.html

Information on external vacancies and international professional roster.

UNICEFwww.unicef.org/employ/current.htm

General Note: field offices of different agencies are increasingly creating their own websites that may have job information as well as more specific information on staff and activities, so it is a good idea to search for these sites as well. E.g. UNHCR in Sri Lanka is www.unhcr.lk, UNIFEM’s office for East and Southeast Asia is www.unifem-eseasia.org, and the OSCE in Bosnia is www.oscebih.org.

Selected U.S. Based International NGOs

American Bar Association Rule of Law Programsnew.abanet.org/hr/default.aspx

Center for Constitutional Rights, http://www.ccrjustice.org/jobs 

Center for International Environmental Lawwww.ciel.org/Join/Join_Jobs.html

Center for Reproductive Rightswww.crlp.org/ab_employment.html#lc

Global Rightswww.globalrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=wwcd_index_44

Human Rights Firstwww.humanrightsfirst.org/about_us/about_us.htm

Human Rights Watchwww.hrw.org/jobs

International Center for Transitional Justicewww.ictj.org/en/about/jobs/index.html

International Committee of the Red Crosswww.cicr.org

International Crisis Groupwww.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=1152&l=1

International Rescue Committeewww.theirc.org/jobs/index.html

Open Society Foundationshttp://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/about/jobs-opportunities