CHRGJ Summer Internship Program

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law is currently accepting applications for its full-time summer internship program, which will run for about 10 weeks from June 1 to August 11, 2017.

Interns will work under the guidance of one or more of the Center’s human rights faculty and staff on activities related to the Center’s current projects. CHRGJ works across a rich and diverse range of issues. The Center houses the work of two UN mandates (Extreme Poverty and Right to Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence), the Global Justice Clinic, and the Just Security blog. Additionally, CHRGJ directors and staff are working on projects relating to 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; human rights and the United States, including racial injustice, Islamophobia, treatment of prisoners, and suppression of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly. For additional information on CHRGJ’s current research, please visit our website and subscribe to our listserv to receive announcements regarding new projects.

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 the subject: 2017 Summer Legal Internship. Please consolidate all application materials in the order listed above into one PDF file.  Applications must be received by January 12, 2017 at 5pm.

This internship is open to all law students, including LLMs. As it is unpaid, candidates are encouraged to seek funding from their Public Interest Law Centers and other sources.




Not required but will be considered assets for some positions:

  • “I worked as an intern at the CHRGJ during the summer. While my position was only of a short duration, I was immediately involved in extremely high-level research and advocacy projects. I was able to take on challenging work, but also received useful and constructive feedback from which I was able to learn. In addition to working with people at CHRGJ, I also had the opportunity to work with individuals at other national and international organizations through partnerships relating to various projects. My time working at CHRGJ was fantastic and I highly recommend the opportunity to anyone interested in learning about effective advocacy and lawyering.”

    Brooke Skartvedt Guven
    (LLM, ’16, CHRGJ Summer Intern 2015)

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