Legal Intership

Hours per week

10 hours



Application Deadline



New York
United States


Overview of the Human Rights Foundation

HRF is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. Our work includes effective campaigns to free political prisoners, world-class events such as the Oslo Freedom Forum, and programs such as Flash Drives for Freedom that publicize human rights violators and directly support dissidents and human rights defenders at risk. 

Position Overview: HRF is seeking a highly-motivated law, political science or international relations students for its legal and policy remote internship program. HRF's legal interns will perform legal research and writing and assist with projects of legal advocacy. Under the guidance of HRF attorneys, the interns will research from diverse sources of legal information, including treaties, international decisions, domestic legislation and decisions, government and institutional records, academic papers, journals, etc. They will draft memoranda memorializing the results of research, and may also assist in drafting other articles and writings related to international human rights. The interns will work directly under the supervision of HRF's legal associates and/or chief legal officer.

Hours: Each intern is expected to work at HRF for a minimum of ten (10) hours per week throughout the semester. Hours can be arranged to meet the students' needs, as long as they occur from Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Additional research and writing, at the intern's election, can be conducted at home or at the law school.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate is a law student who has completed his or her first year of law school at an ABA accredited law school. Strong research and writing skills are essential. Applicant should be detail oriented. Previous internship and school work experience in international human rights law is preferred, but not required. Excellent grammar in the language of the applicant's studies is required. We're seeking especially but not exclusively Spanish-, Russian-, Chinese-, French- or Arabic-speaking students. Excellent English writing and reading comprehension skills are required.

How To Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, law school unofficial transcript, and a writing sample not exceeding 10 pages to