Summer Internships

A competitive selection process ensures each internship and externship position is awarded to an exceptional law student. Funding may be available.


The School of Law offers dedicated placements with outstanding organizations worldwide, including:

Summer Internship in Costa Rica

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

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

View brief reports from the 2012 and 2014 summer interns.

Summer Internship in Kenya

There are two placements in Kenya that may be available for interns from Seattle University School of Law. For more information on both placements, and on Kenya generally, you may contact Professor Slye at Applications to the internships WERE due Monday, February 23 at 5pm.

Kenya Human Rights Commission

Nairobi, Kenya

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. Visit the website for additional information

The International Commission of Jurists - Kenya Section

Nairobi, Kenya

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.

Please read the comprehensive report from the 2013 ICJ intern.

Summer Internship in Nicaragua

Universidad CentroAmericana (UCA) Legal Clinic

Managua, Nicaragua

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.


The Externship Program has international positions available in the summer and during the academic year, including exciting opportunities with The Hague and Geneva. For more information, visit the International Externship page.