Internship Summary: The Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized law students and LLM candidates with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide successful candidates with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world. Legal interns will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with the Center’s diverse staff of lawyers who are based in New York, DC, and across the globe.
The internship is full-time from Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 9, 2019. Interns are encouraged to seek outside funding for their internship. This internship is eligible for a small stipend if outside funding cannot be obtained.
Interns will support a wide range of the Global Legal Program’s ongoing litigation and advocacy projects, which in the past has involved:
- Conducting legal and policy research and analysis on international law, human rights law, and foreign and comparative law;
- Supporting the Global Legal Program’s litigation efforts by assisting with the drafting of legal petitions and amicus briefs, shadow letters to the United Nations and regional human rights bodies, and other legal memoranda;
- Assisting in the development and drafting of fact sheets, briefing papers, and other advocacy documents positioning reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and advancing our litigation;
- Supporting the Center’s new capacity building initiatives, designed to increase the use of the law to promote reproductive rights by local partners across the globe; and
- Using editing skills to assist with bluebooking and fact-checking of reports, petitions, shadow letters, and other documents, as needed.
- Completed at least one year of law school by June 2019 (completion of two years preferred); we also welcome candidates with equivalent training or experience from non-U.S. law schools;
- Exceptional legal research and writing ability;
- Demonstrated knowledge of international law, international human rights, women’s rights, or other related fields;
- Demonstrated interest in a career in women’s rights, reproductive rights, or human rights litigation or advocacy;
- Familiarity with United Nations human rights bodies and mechanisms is a plus; and
- Fluency in English is required; working proficiency in a second language is a plus.