Internships and Externships
The School of Law offers dedicated placements with outstanding organizations worldwide: Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica; University of Central America in Nicaragua; DC-Cam in Cambodia; and the Kenya Human Rights Commission and The International Commission of Jurists in Kenya.
A competitive selection process ensures each internship position is awarded to an exceptional law student. Funding may be available. We will look at the strength of the students as we try to distribute funding support across the various placements. We encourage students to seek funding opportunity through PILF or any other means they can find. Students may also pursue internships in other places and organizations.
Before and after the South Africa summer program, students have engaged in internships and externships in South Africa and other parts of Africa. Students have interned at Legal Aid Board, Lawyers for Human Rights, and the Forced Migration Studies Programme in Johannesburg. In addition, during each of the last four years, SU law students have served as judicial interns in Uganda both in Kampala, the capital, and in smaller towns, observing court proceedings in the magistrate and high courts and assisting the judges and magistrates by reviewing case files, doing legal research, and preparing the first draft of opinions. Students have recently interned at the Uganda Human Rights Commission and with the Office of Ombudsman in Gaborone, Botswana, which is the government agency charged with investigating and fighting government corruption and fraud.
The Externship Program may have part-time positions available in various countries in the summer and has full-time international externships available for spring and fall semesters in both The Hague and Geneva. For all the full-time positions, though, you must have completed 60 credits and be in the top 50 percent of your class. For more information, visit the International Externship page.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Since 2003, the School of Law has a dedicated space for an SU law student to intern at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). Created in 1995 by a group of Yale University scholars, DC-Cam is an independent Cambodian NGO dedicated to ensuring memory and justice in Cambodia with respect to the abuses of the infamous Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime. The Center documents the history of the Democratic Kampuchea and promotes accountability and the rule of law, holding the world's largest body of information and potential evidence against former DK officials.
This internship comes with a stipend. Law students with an avid interest in international criminal law, human rights law, and Southeast Asian studies are invited to apply. Students with editorial or heritage law experience are especially encouraged to apply. Please read the brochure with detailed internship job description before submitting your application.
To apply, submit your resume, unofficial transcript, a one-page statement of interest, and three references to Junsen Ohno via email at email@example.com. Application deadline for summer 2014 will be announced soon. The selection committee will schedule an interview with the finalists soon after the application deadline.
View reports from program interns since 2008: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Recent reports from Jamie Nystrom and Barbara Serrano, both 2013 summer interns, are now available. Barbara Serrano also wrote an article which you can read here. Information about past students and projects are available on this website.
San Jose, Costa Rica
In 2010, a summer internship with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has been established. The Inter-American Court is the highest human rights tribunal in the hemisphere, with jurisdiction over states from Argentina to Venezuela; a total of 21 nations.
Distinguished law students from throughout the Americas and Europe participate in the Court's internship program. Interns are assigned to the Court's legal department. The work consists of:
1. Researching international human rights case law, principles and novel issues;
2. Monitoring case developments; and
3. Drafting memoranda, court orders, and sections of judgments.
In addition, interns frequently provide logistical and administrative assistance. Please visit the Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos website for more information.
This internship comes with a $5,000 stipend. Requirements for application are:
- Spanish and/or Portuguese proficiency - at minimum, speaking and reading
- Three-month summer commitment
- Applicants should e-mail resume, one-page statement of interest, unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references to Junsen Ohno at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline for applications will be announced soon.
The selection committee will schedule an interview with the finalists soon after the application deadline.
There are two placements in Kenya that may be available for interns from Seattle University School of Law. If you are interested, you should apply directly to the organization as set forth below with a copy of application materials to Junsen Ohno at email@example.com. For more information on both placements, and on Kenya generally, you may contact Professor Slye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is an independent non-governmental organization that campaign for human rights and a democratic Kenya through monitoring, documenting and publicizing rights violations. The KHRC is also linked to a network of 27 other human rights organizations throughout Kenya. KHRC was on the forefront of the struggle for democracy in the 1990s, and continues to use a variety of legal and advocacy tools to further human rights and democracy. Applications (a letter expressing interest and a CV) should be sent to the Internship Committee by email to email@example.com, with a copy to Andrew Odete (Chair of the Internship Committee): AOdete@khrc.or.ke; and to Kasiki Mudachi (Human Resources and Administrative Officer): KMudachi@khrc.or.ke. Visit the website for additional information www.khrc.or.ke.
The International Commission of Jurists is an autonomous non-profit membership organization of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists. ICJ-Kenya draws its members from the Kenyan Bar and Bench. ICJ-Kenya focuses on four programmatic areas: Access to Justice; Democratization; Human Rights Protection; and International Cooperation. It was a crucial actor in the passage of the new Constitution in Kenya (2010), and is also at the forefront of efforts to implement the Constitution, including undertaking impact litigation to further human rights. To apply, send a letter of interest and CV to George Kegoro, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Junsen Ohno at email@example.com. For more information about this organization, go to www.icj-kenya.org.
Please read the comprehensive report from the 2013 ICJ intern.
Since 2001, Seattle University has been creating ties to the Universidad CentroAmericana (UCA), the Jesuit university in Managua. The UCA law school houses the pre-eminent law clinic in Central America. In the summer of 2003, a pilot project was created in which two SU law students worked alongside Nicaraguan law students in the UCA law clinic on criminal, civil, labor and/or human rights cases. The pilot was a success and the law school has been sending students since. This program is supported by the dean and the Center for Global Justice through Public Interest Law Foundation grants. Credit is not available for this project. Students who are reasonably fluent in Spanish, not committed during the summer months, and are able to adapt to Third-World conditions are encouraged to apply.
Additional information can be found here.
Applicants should e-mail resume, one-page statement of interest, unofficial transcript, and contact information for three references to Junsen Ohno at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to receive application will be announced soon. The selection committee will schedule an interview with the finalists soon after the application deadline.
Anne DeVoe '12, volunteering at an orphanage in Gaborone, Botswana for the '67 Minutes for Madiba' project. There are several internship opportunities for law students in Gaborone. During the summer of 2010, Anne interned with the Office of the Ombudsman in Gaborone.
"This internship was the best thing I ever did. Once you live in a country that has been so devastated that it’s unbelievable how far reaching the effects are, it really changes your perspective. It really changed me. It’s made me a much better person."
Tracy Wood '08
Tracy worked with Youk Chhang, director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, during her international summer internship