Summer Internships with Global Justice Clinic and UN Special Rapporteurs


The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law is seeking additional interns for its summer legal internship program. Placements are with the Global Justice Clinic and either the Transitional Justice or the Extreme Poverty project, led by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence and the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, respectively.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 23.

The summer internship program runs for 10 weeks, from June to early August. This is a full-time, unfunded internship. Applicants with outside funding are particularly encouraged to apply.

Global Justice Clinic

Interns will provide support to a variety of the cases and projects on the Clinic’s docket, including:

  • Litigation and non-litigation advocacy seeking government accountability for the CIA’s secret rendition, detention, and interrogation program
  • Inter-disciplinary, community-based research on the rights to water, land, and the environment, and the risks of gold mining in Haiti and other countries
  • Collaboration with public interest attorneys using U.S. discovery law (the Foreign Legal Assistance statute) in aid of human rights and environmental litigation abroad
  • Development of international human rights law amicus briefs in U.S.-based litigation
  • Development of local NYC-based human rights documentation project

Transitional Justice Project

Interns will provide support to the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, including:

  • Thematic and case-based research on transitional justice, including work related to gender and civil society consultations and participation
  • Media monitoring of transitional justice issues around the world
  • Assistance with meetings, conferences and events related to transitional justice

Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Project

Interns will provide support to the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, including:

  • Research assistance for a thematic report to the General Assembly, which may also include assistance with soliciting input from civil society for the report and organizing a roundtable for academics
  • Assistance with background research for a country visit by the UN Special Rapporteur
  • Other related work, including media monitoring, assistance with meetings and mandate publications



  • Current or recent enrollment in a law degree program
  • Eligibility to intern in the United States
  • 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 with litigation in national, regional or international bodies
  • 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

To apply: Send a cover letter, current CV, and unofficial academic transcript in a single PDF file, to Pamela Mercado at with the subject 2017 Summer Legal Internship by Thursday, March 23.  Please make sure your cover letter addresses your placement preferences.