2015-2016 Opportunities and Vacancies
Law students and Lawyers
LWOB offers unpaid internships to law and undergraduate students and young lawyers in New haven CT and Washington DC (USA) during the following periods:
January Term (1 month, full time)
Gap Term or Gap Year (flexible)
Applications are being accepted for US-based internships for Summer 2015 for New Haven CT and Washington DC. Currently there are two internship opportunities available for LWOB's new offices in Washington DC. All summer internships for New Haven CT have been filled. Applicants able to volunteer from August through October in either location are encouraged to apply.
Applications are generally reviewed on a rolling basis at least 3 or more months before the start of the new internship term. Highly qualified applicants will be accepted on an "early admissions" basis. If you do not receive an acceptance within two weeks of your application, you may assume you have been put in the regular pool for consideration and you may expect to hear from us up to 2-3 months before the summer internship begins, and one month before the fall, winter and spring internship start dates. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, feel free to email our office. No calls please.
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. For late applicants, please inquire about our wait-list as last minute vacancies sometimes occur with an intern withdrawal.
Intern applicants should:
- speak and write fluent English, (2nd language fluency in Spanish, Arabic, Farsi and/or French, is a plus)
- have a strong academic record and/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 8 to 10 uninterrupted weeks in summer
(Please arrange your summer breaks or vacations before or after your internship, not during). Students applying for summer internships and available for 10 or more weeks will be given preference over equally qualified applicants for shorter time periods.
LWOB will consider requests by USA citizens to volunteer for up to 30 continuous (full time) days during January break, largely dependent upon the strength of the applicant's academic record and CV. Students applying from abroad will be considered for the January term internship, on a case by case basis. Otherwise, due to the lengthy paperwork and lead time, students applying from abroad will generally only be considered for a long-term full time (3 months or longer) internship.
All immigration documentation, visa permissions and costs for international applicants for any internship are the responsibility of the applicant.
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.
Field Assignments: 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. Currently LWOB will consider any applicants with prior experience living or working in Africa to support (self-funded) our work over the next 8 months in Liberia.
Secondment: We welcome secondees for a period of one or more years and suggest you contact us privately at email@example.com to inquire about secondments to LWOB from the private sector.
Due the large number of inquiries we receive, any communications that do not contain all of the above requested information components will not be considered or acknowledged. We can assure you of this: An email along the following lines will not receive a response:
"I'm interested in whether you have any internship opportunities."
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 applications 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 Internships only]: that the commitment is for a minimum of 8-10 continuous uninterrupted weeks (Summer Applicants should plan their vacations before or after the internship)
Applications for Fall 2015 in New Haven and Washington DC are now open.