The American Bar Association Rule of Law International Development Internship Program
The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is pleased to consider applications for its International Development Internship Program. ABA ROLI serves as the international development wing of the American Bar Association, and seeks to promote justice, economic opportunity, and human dignity through the rule of law. ABA ROLI seeks interns to assist headquarters staff with a wide variety of the day-to-day support functions that are pertinent to the operations of an international NGO. International Development internships are available to undergraduate, graduate, and law students, as well as recent graduates, depending on current staffing needs. Dates and daily schedules may be flexible in response to departmental needs, and correspond roughly to academic terms for spring, summer, and fall semesters. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Terms of the Program:
Interns and fellows for ABA ROLI will work with staff of their assigned division to gain an understanding of international development programs and international rule of law issues. In general, ABA ROLI offers International Development and Legal internships, which differ somewhat in their expected responsibilities and desired applicant profiles. International Development openings will support various aspects of program implementation for DC-based regional and support teams, while Legal openings will be more heavily research-based and tailored toward graduate and law students.
Although these are unpaid positions, interns at ABA ROLI are eligible for a wide variety of perks and learning opportunities including:
- Transportation reimbursement up to $15.00/day
- Field trips to D.C. legal destinations such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress
- Brown-bag lunches with ABA ROLI staff and guest speakers
ABA ROLI’s Office of Global Programs requires an environmental law intern to assist in:
1) providing legal research and legal support to countries drafting laws to restrict lead paint as part of a UN Environment-lead global program
2) conducting legal research and analyses on the topic of climate change litigation.
- Legal background (Masters and JD students)
- Strong research, analytical, communication, and organization skills
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite
- Ability to work diligently and independently
- Interest in issues related to regulation of toxic substances, climate change, and environmental law and governance.
How to apply: To apply, please submit an updated resume and cover letter indicating your Summer availability to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
About the Organization
ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform programs in roughly 40 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 400 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI’s host country partners include judges, lawyers, bar associations, law schools, court administrators, legislatures, ministries of justice and a wide array of civil society organizations, including human rights groups.