Global Legal Program Summer 2019 Law Student Internship

Job Title: Global Legal Program Summer 2019 Law Student Internship

Department:  Global Legal Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 180 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $30 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

Internship Summary: The Center’s Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized law students and LLM candidates with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of legal research and writing projects related to GLP’s fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide successful candidates with experience using legal advocacy and international human rights law to advance reproductive rights around the world.  Legal interns will have the opportunity to work and collaborate with the Center’s diverse staff of lawyers who are based in New York, DC, and across the globe.

The internship is full-time from Monday, June 3 through Friday, August 9, 2019.  Interns are encouraged to seek outside funding for their internship. This internship is eligible for a small stipend if outside funding cannot be obtained.


Interns will support a wide range of the Global Legal Program’s ongoing litigation and advocacy projects, which in the past has involved:

  • Conducting legal and policy research and analysis on international law, human rights law, and foreign and comparative law;
  • Supporting the Global Legal Program’s litigation efforts by assisting with the drafting of legal petitions and amicus briefs, shadow letters to the United Nations and regional human rights bodies, and other legal memoranda;
  • Assisting in the development and drafting of fact sheets, briefing papers, and other advocacy documents positioning reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and advancing our litigation;
  • Supporting the Center’s new capacity building initiatives, designed to increase the use of the law to promote reproductive rights by local partners across the globe; and
  • Using editing skills to assist with bluebooking and fact-checking of reports, petitions, shadow letters, and other documents, as needed.


  • Completed at least one year of law school by June 2019 (completion of two years preferred); we also welcome candidates with equivalent training or experience from non-U.S. law schools;
  • Exceptional legal research and writing ability;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international law, international human rights, women’s rights, or other related fields;
  • Demonstrated interest in a career in women’s rights, reproductive rights, or human rights litigation or advocacy;
  • Familiarity with United Nations human rights bodies and mechanisms is a plus; and
  • Fluency in English is required; working proficiency in a second language is a plus.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, resume, a short writing sample (3-5 pages), and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this internship.  It is encouraged to upload these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications received before January 29, 2019 will receive priority review on a rolling basis.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied to through the Center website. The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection) and nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process. If someone contacts you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application, please notify before taking any further action. 

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