EarthRights International's Amazon Legal Interns are law students able to work full-time for 8-10 weeks in ERI's Lima, Peru office during the months of June-August 2016. Legal interns provide legal research, writing, and program support for ERI activities to the legal program in the Peru office. Law students may be J.D. or LL.M. students, but must have at least one year of legal training by the time of the internship.
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 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 in the US and Amazon Program Coordinator in Peru and may provide legal support for other ERI programs, including its campaigns, educational programs, and human rights reporting. Interns will be expected to assist design and give trainings in the field to indigenous leaders and communities in the Amazon.
ERI is unable to provide a salary, stipend or housing assistance, we are, however, able to arrange for credit with your law school as needed.
- A demonstrated commitment to protecting human rights and the environment; and interest in Amazonian indigenous peoples
- 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;
- Ability to work in a cross-cultural workplace;
- Ability to work in an office environment and flexibility to travel to the field
- Proficiency in standard computer applications, especially Word and Power Point
- Proficiency in Spanish is a must, in particular speaking and comprehension skills. (Intermediate Spanish may be acceptable with the intern's commitment to a Spanish language course in Lima)
Here's what our past interns have said about their experience:
At the end of two months in ERI’s Peru office I had taken a trip to the jungle to interview potential clients, helped plan and coordinate a month-long training for indigenous leaders, learned from other Peruvian attorneys about impact litigation in the region and reinforced my commitment to human rights and environmental law. At ERI you will gain insight into the rights of indigenous communities, consider the interconnected system of domestic law, inter-American human rights law and international law, and learn about mechanisms for holding corporations accountable for their complicity with human rights abuses. - Jessica Alatorre, Legal Intern 2012
The deadline for applications for Summer 2016 (June - August) is January 20, 2016.
Students interested in the position of Legal Intern should submit a cover letter, resume, an unedited legal writing sample that is no more than 10 pages, 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]. Please include "2016 Amazon Summer Legal Intern Application" in the subject heading.
Due to the volume of applications, ERI is typically unable to interview every applicant. Only applicants who will be interviewed will be contacted. The interview will be conducted by Skype or by phone.