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.




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U.S. Government Offices with high concentration of international work

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency,

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

Central Intelligence Agency,

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

Department of Defense, 

Law students are hired for paid summer legal internships.

Export-Import Bank of the United States, 

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

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative,

Overseas Private Investment Corporation,

U.S. Agency for International Development,

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 

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

U.S. Department of Justice,

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 State, 

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 Commission,

U.S. Trade and Development Agency,

U.S. Government Offices with more limited involvement with international work
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture,
  • U.S. Department of Commerce,
  • Commodities Futures Trading Commission,
  • Congressional Research Service,
  • Federal Reserve Board,
  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection,
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
  • Securities and Exchange Commission,
  • 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 Transportation,
  • 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 Treasury,
  • 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 Freedom,


Inter-governmental Organizations
Selected U.S. Based International NGOs
Other Opportunities
International Court of Justice Clerkships
Internships and Externships

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