We generally accept second and third year law student interns each semester and during the summer and winter terms to work at our offices in San Francisco. Exceptional first year law students may be considered for the summer term. These positions are unpaid.
CJA is currently accepting applications for part- or full-time externships for Fall 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Applications for the winter term are filled on a rolling and as-needed basis.
How to Apply
To apply for an internship please email us a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Please state your name and the term for which you are applying in the subject line.
Please identify in your cover letter:
- The term for which you are applying;
- Any relevant coursework (especially evidence, advanced civil procedure, federal courts, trial advocacy, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, public international or comparative law, and immigration law), and your professor(s) for any human rights law, humanitarian law, or related international law courses;
- Any language abilities, especially Spanish; French; Somali; Khmai; Arabic; Farsi; Haitian Creole; Swahili or any southeast Asian languages.
- Any deadlines you need to meet to secure funding for your internship.
We are particularly interested in students with some familiarity with human rights law and evidence. The work that you do will depend greatly on our case needs at the time of your internship, but you can expect that much of the work will involve legal research and writing. Please be aware that much of our work is litigation-related, and that a majority of research assignments may relate more to evidence, procedure and domestic law than to matters of international or human rights law.
CJA is currently looking for a Director of Development and Communications. This position contributes to CJA’s overall mission by spearheading fund development and communications efforts from design through execution. Click here for more details.
As a small non-profit organization, CJA relies on the help of volunteers and pro bono professionals who are dedicated to bringing human rights abusers to justice. We offer volunteer opportunities for students or professionals.
CJA partners with outside law firms and investigation firms who provide significant pro bono resources to investigate and litigate large and complex cases on behalf of our clients, to help bring our cases to trial and hold human rights abusers accountable. On occasion, we also work with lawyers, non-legal professionals, and other volunteers on a pro bono basis on more limited and discrete projects. This includes appellate work, FOIA, foreign language translation, country monitoring, research, fundraising, marketing, IT/tech, web and graphic design, special event support, and administrative assistance.
If you are interested in providing pro bono support to CJA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Volunteer at CJA.”