ERI's U.S. Fall and Spring Legal Interns are law students able to work at least 16-20 hours per week for a semester in ERI's Washington, DC, office. Legal interns provide legal research, writing, and program support for ERI activities all over the world. Law students may be J.D. or LL.M. students, but must have at least one year of U.S. legal training by the time of the internship.
ERI's U.S. legal team is currently counsel on several matters, including lawsuits against Chiquita for its funding of Colombian paramilitaries and against Union Carbide for environmental damage to communities in India. We also work on legal advocacy and quasi-legal mechanisms to obtain remedies for communities affected by environmental and human rights abuses.
Legal interns participate in various projects associated with these cases, including legal research and writing and assistance in all phases of litigation, as well as other legal work including development of new cases, monitoring and exploring developments in international human rights and environmental law, researching and utilizing other mechanisms of corporate accountability, and helping to coordinate with and assist other groups bringing domestic or international cases. Interns work directly under ERI's Legal Director and may provide legal support for other ERI programs, including its campaigns, educational programs, and human rights reporting.
- A demonstrated commitment to protecting human rights and the environment
- Independent and creative thinking skills
- Excellent legal research and writing skills
- Ability to handle sensitive client relationships and protect the confidentiality of our work and our communications
- Proficiency in standard computer applications, especially Word
- Proficiency in languages, especially Spanish, is desirable but not required
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Students interested in the position of U.S. Fall or Spring Legal Intern should submit a cover letter, resume, a short (<10pp) legal writing sample, and contact information for two references, at least one of whom should be familiar with the applicant's legal abilities. Applications are only accepted by email. Please send all application materials to: [email protected]. You must use the subject line "U.S. Fall Legal Internship" or "U.S. Spring Legal Internship" in your email, as applicable.