Public Interest Law Center

International Job Search Sites

Included here are bulletin boards or compilations of listings related to international public interest work. This list is a good place to begin your job search for both internships and post-graduate opportunities. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, therefore, we encourage you to check your favorite organizations’ sites. If at any point you decide you need more general information about the international public interest law field, come to the PILC office. We have resources to assist you. Good luck!


ABA-Section of International Law, Human Rights Committee E-Brief,
Weekly newsletter with organization profiles, job listings, and human rights news. 

American Society of International Law, and

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID),
Weekly listing of gender-related vacancies; often includes human rights jobs.

Communication Initiative,
Designed to facilitate communication among development professionals (legal and non-legal). 

DevNet Jobs,
Job listings in the development field, including many related to human rights.

Human Rights Job Board,

Human Rights Jobs,
Some jobs open to all, others are for members only.

Human Rights Resource Center,
Links to numerous job pages at NGOs and inter-governmental organizations.

Human Rights Tools,

Idealist (Action without Borders),
Comprehensive listing of public service positions, both legal and non-legal, in over 140 countries.  This is an especially good site for post-graduate job listings.  Searchable by subject matter, country, type of position, and other categories.

Microfinance Gateway,
Job listings may be non-legal, but good for people interested in development or micro-finance.

Omidyar Network,
Philanthropic investment firm that posts openings at their portfolio organizations.

One World,

Pambazuka News (Africa-focused),

Peacebuilding Portal,
Created by the United Nations, the Peacebuilding Portal was a database of NGOs working searchable by region, country, theme, and type of organization focusing on human security, peacebuilding, and conflict. It is inactive as of 2009 but still available as a resource.

Can search organizations, jobs, fellowships and internships (paid and unpaid) throughout the world. Has better coverage of some countries than others.

Lots of field positions for mostly humanitarian and some human rights jobs.


Information on Funding International Public Interest Work

Foundation Center,
A wealth of information on funding agencies and foundations, including application details, program priorities and past funding.  Excellent databases available for free in their libraries in several cities including New York (see website for locations), and online for subscribers.

United Nations Internship Programme,
Country by country links of potential resources for interning at the UN.

Finding and Funding International Public Service Opportunities,
Report with organization links, information on international opportunities with the federal government, and other opportunities.

Human Rights Funders Group,
Information on foundations that support human rights group, and a searchable database.

International Jobs With the Federal Government

General resource is Click on Job Postings, then Law Student Jobs Online, then Federal Careers for Attorneys.


Offices with a high concentration of international work:

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency,
The agency’s legal department offers a fellowship for which law students are eligible.

Central Intelligence Agency,
Law graduates are hired for the Legal Honors Program, and 2Ls for a paid summer clerkship.

Department of Defense,
Law students are hired for paid summer legal internships.

Department of Homeland Security,
Law graduates are hired for the Honors Fellowship Program, and several internship programs are available.

Export-Import Bank of the United States,
General Counsel’s office hires very small number of law students for summer internships.

Office of the US Trade Representative,

Overseas Private Investment Corporation,

US Agency for International Development,

US Army Corps of Engineers,
The office hires 5-10 law graduates each year for its Civilian Honors Law Graduate Program.

US Department of Justice,
Students with international interests should consider the following DOJ constituent groups: Antitrust, Civil, Criminal, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), Office of International Affairs and the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.

US Department of State,
The Office of the Legal Adviser hires law students and graduates through Early Interview Week. Some of the Department work provides overseas placement or domestic work on international issues. The office also coordinates US government recruitment efforts for the UN, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, Organization of American States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

US International Trade Commission,
US Trade and Development Agency,


Offices with more limited involvement with international work:

US Department of Agriculture,

US Department of Commerce,

Commodities Futures Trading Commission,

Congressional Research Service,

Federal Reserve Board,

Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection,

Nuclear Regulatory Commission,

Securities and Exchange Commission,
Office of International Affairs investigates enforcement problems, promotes cooperation among international bodies, and works on treaties. Law graduates are hired for the Advance Commitment program.

US Department of Transportation,
The Office of General Counsel has a small Office of International Law. The Honors Attorney Program is offered every two years for graduating law students.

US Department of the Treasury,
Coordinates US recruitment efforts for the Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund and World Bank.. The Office of General Counsel hires graduates for its Legal Honors Program, with the possibility of assignment to handle legal issues for the Office of International Affairs which promotes economic growth and stability.

US Commission on International Religious Freedom,


Inter-Governmental Organizations

International Criminal Court,
Preference to citizens of States parties, so Americans beware!

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda,

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia,

JPO Programs,
JPO programs open junior professional positions with UN agencies to nationals of specified countries. Certain governments sponsor JPO positions for their nationals, and some sponsor positions for nationals of developing nations. JPO programs for US citizens are listed at

This is the contractor paid by the US State Department to select US citizens for seconded jobs with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

United Nations,
Check under “Human Rights,” “Legal,” and “Humanitarian Affairs.” 
For information on the competitive exam, see

UN Development Program,
For information on UNDP Leadership Development Program, see

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,
Theoretically the High Commissioner’s vacancies are all listed on the UN site, but in reality there are often jobs here that are never posted to the main site.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees,


General Note: Field offices of different agencies are increasingly creating their own websites that may have job information as well as more specific information on staff and activities, so it is a good idea to search for these sites as well, e.g. UNHCR in Sri Lanka is, UNIFEM’s office for East and Southeast Asia is, and the OSCE in Bosnia is


Selected US Based International NGOs

American Bar Association Rule of Law Programs,

Center for International Environmental Law,

Center for Reproductive Rights,

Global Rights,

Human Rights First,

Human Rights Watch,

International Center for Transitional Justice,

International Committee of the Red Cross,

International Crisis Group,

International Rescue Committee,

Open Society Institute,