ABA ROLI, Strategic Initiatives Intern

  • Internship, Volunteer opportunity
  • Posted on 30 October 2018

Job Description

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Legal Internship Program

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is pleased to consider applications for its Fall 2018 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. Legal internships are available to graduate students, law students, and recent graduates of post-grad degree programs 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 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. For more information on the ABA ROLI International Development Internship Program, which is separate from the Legal Internship, please visit: https://www.devex.com/jobs/aba-roli-international-development-internships-spring-2018-518939

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

Job Summary

  • Collaborate with the ABA Development team to help with donor mapping and research of US and non-US foundations as needed
  • Competition analysis of stakeholders and implementers in rule of law and justice capacity building sectors
  • Monitor procurement platforms to identify ROLI grant and contract opportunities
  • Develop quarterly ROLI business development


Preferred Qualifications:

Undergraduate and MA students pursuing degrees in Office Administration, Marketing, Communications, Government Affairs, or Public Policy. Strong research, analytical, communication, and organization skills.

How to apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@americanbar.org.

About the Organization

ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform programs in more than 50 countries around the world. ABA ROLI has nearly 500 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.

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