Career Resources


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


ABA-Section of International Law, Human Rights Committee

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

ABA International Human Rights Committee Job Search Links

American Society of International Law,

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

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


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

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


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

Foreign Policy

Weekly jobs newsletter.

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

Human Rights

Human Rights

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

Human Rights

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

Human Rights Resource

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

Human Rights

Idealist (Action without Borders)

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.


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


Pambazuka News (Africa-focused)


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.


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

Public Interest Law Institute

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

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

Information on Funding International Public Interest Work


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

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

Finding and Funding International Public Service

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

Human Rights Funders

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

International Jobs with the Federal Government

General resource is (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

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

Central Intelligence

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

Department of 

Law students are hired for paid summer legal internships.

Export-Import Bank of the United 

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

Office of the U.S. Trade

Overseas Private Investment

U.S. Agency for International

U.S. Army Corps of 

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

U.S. Department of

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 

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

U.S. Trade and Development

Offices with more limited involvement with international work:

U.S. Department of

U.S. Department of

Commodities Futures Trading

Congressional Research

Federal Reserve

Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer

Nuclear Regulatory

Securities and Exchange

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

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

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

Inter-governmental Organizations

International Criminal

Preference to citizens of States parties, so Americans beware!

International Criminal Tribunal for

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia,


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

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).


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

For information on the competitive exam, see

UN Development

For information on UNDP Leadership Development Program, see

UN High Commissioner for Human

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

Information on external vacancies and international professional roster.

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, UNIFEM’s office for East and Southeast Asia is, and the OSCE in Bosnia is

Selected U.S. Based International NGOs

American Bar Association Rule of Law

Center for Constitutional Rights, 

Center for International Environmental

Center for Reproductive


Human Rights

Human Rights

International Center for Transitional

International Committee of the Red

International Crisis

International Rescue

Open Society Foundations