EarthRights International’s Mekong Legal Interns are law students able to work full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks in ERI's Chiang Mai, Thailand off during the months of May-September 2017. Legal interns provide research, writing, and program support for ERI activities to the Mekong legal program in Southeast Asia. Law students may be LL.B., J.D. or LL.M. students, but must have at least one year of legal training by the time of the internship.

ERI focuses its cases in the Mekong around six thematic areas:

  1. Extractive Industries
  2. Megaprojects
  3. Land Rights and Clean Environments for Vulnerable Communities
  4. Rights and Immunities for Corporations and Emerging Financial Powers, particularly from China and Thailand
  5. Rights and Security of Earth Rights Defenders
  6. Climate Change and Climate Justice

Legal interns will be assigned a number of tasks, including legal research and writing and assistance in all phases of legal advocacy, 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 mechanisms of corporate accountability, and helping to coordinate with and assist other groups bringing domestic or international cases. Interns work under ERI's Mekong Legal Director and/or Mekong Legal Coordinators and may provide legal support for other ERI programs, including the EarthRights School Mekong and EarthRights School Myanmar. 

ERI is unable to provide a salary, stipend, travel/health insurance or housing assistance, we are, however, able to arrange for credit with your academic institution as needed.



  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • A demonstrated commitment to protecting human rights and the environment;
  • Independent and creative thinking skills;
  • Ability to handle sensitive client relationships and protect the confidentiality of our work and our communications;
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural workplace;
  • Proficiency in standard computer applications, especially Word and Excel;
  • Proficiency in any Mekong country languages including Chinese is helpful, but not required.


Here's what our past interns have said about their experience:

“Growing up in the States, I felt very divorced from the environmental and human rights issues I was passionate about. Interning at ERI in Thailand reinforced my drive to be better, do better, work better. From meeting students at the EarthRights School, to going on field trips and visiting community activists, to drafting reports to UN Special Rapporteurs, I was able to learn and contribute in tangible ways to an important cause. ERI provides the perfect training for legal advocacy.”


-- Helen Li, Mekong Legal Intern 2015


Application Procedures

The deadline for applications for Summer 2017 (May - September) is 6 January 2017.

Students interested in the position of Legal Intern should submit a cover letter, resume, an unedited legal writing sample (2-3 pages) and contact information for two references, at least one of whom should be familiar with the applicant's academic abilities. Applications are only accepted by email. Please send all application materials to: [email protected] and [email protected] . Please include "2017 Mekong Summer Legal Intern Application" in the subject heading.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.