2013-2014 Opportunities and Vacancies
Law students and Law graduates
LWOB offers unpaid internships to law and undergraduate students on a tri-semester basis: Winter/Spring, Fall and summer.
Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2013 and Winter/Spring 2014 internships and fellowships. We are no longer accepting applications for internships for summer 2013. Please review the "JOBS" link on the LWOB home page for other compensated or volunteer opportunities at LWOB.
Applications are generally due and will be reviewed at least 3 months before the start of the new internship term. All internships are unpaid, and our interns typically live in the region or within a 1+ hour commute of our offices. It is not unusual for internship spaces to be filled well before the start of the internship term and we therefore encourage you to apply early.
Interns are required to
- speak and write fluent English, (Spanish, Arabic and/or French, a plus)
- have a strong academic record or diverse international experience credentials
- have a commitment to make a difference in the pro bono legal or human rights sectors
- work well in a team environment.
- work independently, take initiative and require modest supervision
- apply creative approaches to traditional subjects
- during school term, commit to a minimum two full 8 hour days per week or, for summer interns, a minimum of six (6) uninterrupted weeks in summer (Please arrange your summer breaks or vacations before or after your internship, not during). Otherwise qualified students applying for summer internships and available for 8-10 week internships will be given preference.
- work on tasks that range from mundane administrative tasks to challenging research.*
* Law Students please note, we do not guarantee that you will have opportunities to do legal research during your internship--although we will make an effort to provide at least one or more meaningful large scale legal research assignments for you. Summer law interns will be assured legal research in connection with our Summer training in Kenya. Summer interns should inquire about securing and invitation to assist with training logistics in Kenya on a self-funded basis.
We may have opportunities for unpaid internships (self-funded) in such places as New York, London, Nairobi, Jerusalem, Port-au-Prince and Monrovia. You are expected to have all logistics in place including all necessary funding for any international internship you propose. Interns with experience living in those regions will be preferred.
We will support any fellowship applications or proposals you may seek in connection with field work in the above cities. However, you must first have a concrete plan and funding strategy before scheduling a first meeting with LWOB to discuss your proposal.
If you are interested in an out-of-country internship in any of the above locales, please provide a letter, detailing your proposal for the internship, your date, where you propose to live and any prior connections to the region or international field work you may have (in addition to providing a detailed CV and cover letter). Due the large number of inquries we receive, any communications that do not contain all of the above requested information components will not be answered.
No internship application will be considered without a detailed CV/Resume (with names of references) and cover letter. Applications (Cover Letter and CV) should be submitted in writing to email@example.com
Applicants must indicate in your cover letter
1) All: Proposed start and finish dates
2) Fall and Spring: Proposed work schedule (Days and hours)
3) Acknowledge that you realize
- that the commitment is for a minimum of 6-10 continuous uninterrupted weeks (Summer Applicants should plan their vacations before or after the internship)
- that the internship is unpaid and there will be no compensation for any associated costs you incur
- that you understand that a part of your internship may require performing tasks associated with LWOB in-house administration of international rule of law programming
Because LWOB moved its offices to New Haven we expect the competition for the internship positions to be keen. You are encouraged to apply early.