2013-2014 Opportunities and Vacancies
Law students and Lawyers
LWOB offers unpaid internships to law and undergraduate students on the following bases:
January Term (1 month, full time)
Gap Term or Gap Year (flexible)
Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2013, Winter/Spring 2014 and Summer 2014. internships and fellowships for locations in: New York (1) and New Haven (Several). There is a special immediate need for volunteers with experience with the program: InDesign.
Please review the "JOBS" link on the LWOB home page for 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 16-20 hours per week.
Fall/Spring interns are expected to start their internships within one week of the start of classes and complete the internship approximately 1 week before exams or term close.
Summer interns 7/8-10 uninterrupted weeks in summer
(Please arrange your summer breaks or vacations before or after your internship, not during). Qualified students applying for summer internships and available for 10 week internships will be given preference.
LWOB will consider requests to work for up to 30 continuous (full time) days during January break, largely dependent upon the strength of the applicant's academic record and CV
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.
In summer of 2014, we may have summer opportunities for unpaid internships (self-funded) in New York, London, Nairobi, Tel Aviv (law students or graduates only) and Monrovia (You must have experience working or living in Africa for Nairobi and Monrovia internships).
You are expected to have all logistics in place including all necessary funding for any international internship you propose. For London, interns with experience living or studying there 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 dates of proposed work, where you propose to live and any prior connections and experience living in the region or international field work you may have. In addition to provide a detailed CV and cover letter explaining why you have chosen that locale.
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.
We can assure you of this: An email along the following lines will not get a response: "Hi, I'm interested in whether you have any internship opportunities in your London office."
No internship or other volunteer application of any sort will be considered without a detailed CV/Resume (with names of references) and cover letter. Internship applications (Cover Letter and CV) should be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Post graduate fellowship or lawyer volunteer application should state that in the subject line of your email, and be addressed to email@example.com.
Applicants for all positions (Summer, Fall, Winter Term, Spring) 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 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
- [Summer Interships only]: that the commitment is for a minimum of 6-10 continuous uninterrupted weeks (Summer Applicants should plan their vacations before or after the internship)
We expect the competition for summer, New York and London internship positions to be keen. You are encouraged to apply early and pay careful attention to the above requirements.