International Law and Human Rights Fellowship

Since 2002, the International Law and Human Rights (ILHR) Fellowship Program offers enrolled NYU School of Law students an opportunity to complete a specialized training program in international law and undertake a summer internship through a matching process at a leading institution or organization. Students are also encouraged to complete a research project growing out of that work experience.

Together with coursework, topical events and informal opportunities for networking, this program:

  • Offers critical learning opportunities that introduce students to the global practice of human rights.
  • Provides students with the type of professional experience and connections that have proved essential for them to pursue human rights careers over the years.

The fellowship is undertaken with support from the Public Interest Law Center and in partnership with the Institute for International Law and Justice.


A 10-12 week funded internship to take place either in Summer or Fall semesters at an organization working in human rights or international law. Each year the participating organizations are outlined in a document providing details about the duration (10 or 12 weeks) and type (in-person or virtual) of placement, timing (Summer or Fall), modality, and scope of work and skills required. 

Students selected for the ILHR Fellowship will receive a stipend administered by the Public Interest Law Center.

Depending on the fellowship’s track and placement, preparation and training in the form of course requirements and a series of not-for-credit seminars in the Spring semester are required. 

Fellows present and participate in the Center’s Emerging Scholars Conference reflecting on their engagements and learning experiences. They are also encouraged to undertake a research project inspired by the fellowship on an international law or human rights issue. Parameters to be determined in agreement with academic supervisors. 

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled NYU Law Student in any degree program (JD, LLM, JSD)
  • Demonstrate commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Have excellent research and writing skills
  • Able to work independently in a professional environment
  • Demonstrate potential for engage and rigorous scholarship or applied research
  • The application cycle for Summer/Fall 2024 is now closed.
  • Recruitment for the following cycle takes place from October to December of each Fall semester.
  • Pre-placement coursework and not-for-credit seminars will convene in the Spring semester.

The following documents will be required to be submitted via an application form:

  • CV or NYU Resume
  • Recent unofficial transcript
  • Cover letter detailing your qualifications, specific interests, and any relevant background or experience where applicable (max 500 words)
  • Review and select Placement Organizations (min. 1; max. 3)
  • Placement Statement of Interest tailored to each organization