The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is pleased to consider applications for its Fall 2017 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. 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.
Although this is an unpaid position, 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
In coordination with the Research, Evaluation, and Learning Division, this intern will conduct research and preliminary analysis related to the current global refugees and migration crisis. Issues related to this may include research on root causes of large migrations and refugee movements, human trafficking and international crime, security and radicalization, current legal standards and requirements for refugees and migrants and whether they are effective.
- JD/LL.M students or recent graduates or internationals with a LL.B or foreign equivalent seeking relevant postgraduate international affairs degree;
- Strong commitment to public interest law and/or international development, as evidenced by relevant experience and coursework;
- Strong experience in legal research, writing, and analysis;
- Proficiency with MS Office;
- Knowledge of international development issues and comparative legal systems preferred;
- Knowledge of foreign languages is a plus;
How to apply: If you are interested in an ABA ROLI internship, please submit a resume and cover letter.
Please note that this position is to run through unti April 2018.
About the Organization
ABA ROLI is a non-profit organization that implements legal reform programs in roughly 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.
For more information about what we do at ABA ROLI please visit: https://www.americanbar.org/advocacy/rule_of_law/about.html