The Protection Project International Legal Internship is designed to provide for a rigorous academic and professional experience in the field of human rights for the purpose of fostering both grassroots and government level leadership and support of human rights values in targeted countries throughout the world. The Internship recipient will be responsible for a number of projects related to human rights, including conducting legal research, editing human trafficking publications, and assisting in the organizations of workshops and conferences, both nationally and internationally. During the Summer 2014, the selected interns will be working on the following projects:

  1. Conducting legal research in the fields of access to information, freedom of speech, and trafficking in persons;
  2. Assisting in drafting model human rights legislation;
  3. Drafting contracts for the organization’s partnerships;
  4. Assisting in designing training programs on legal clinics utilizing the American Model in different countries, including Egypt, Indonesia, Canada, United Kingdom, and South Africa;
  5. Assisting in the development of training workshops on human rights in the Middle East;
  6. Conducting internet research on human rights and related issues for The Protection Project publications.

The interns will also have the opportunity to establish professional contacts in the field of human rights and to develop collaborative research and professional relationships by participating in the daily activities of The Protection Project. The research intern will be able to participate in conferences, seminars and workshops held by leading institutions in the field of human rights.

Terms of the Internship

The Protection Project will award 3 positions from Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014. Positions are available both part time and full time. This is an UNPAID internship position.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate degree in law or foreign equivalent;
  • A minimum of one year cumulative work experience in the field of human rights;
  • Strong legal research and English writing skills;
  • Proficiency in at least one foreign language, especially French and Arabic, is not required but preferred.

Application Materials

  • Resume;
  • Copies of academic transcript/s;
  • A letter of reference from supervisor or professors or others as appropriate;
  • A statement of purpose outlining interest in the Internship Program and the goals the candidate hopes to achieve by working at The Protection Project.

Deadline for Submission

Applications must be received by Friday, April  25, 2014. All items should be sent by email to Elaine Panter at Please notice that applications will not be considered unless all required application materials are received by the deadline.

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