Public Interest Law Center

Special Internship Programs

NYU offers several special paid internships. The Dedicated International Fellowships, coordinated by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, provide internships with the UN's International Law Commission and with human rights organizations around the world. The Law School also sponsors an International Summer Internship at The Hague Conference on Private International Law. In addition, the Center for Environmental and Land Use Law has a summer fellowship program for students. Finally, the Helaine Barnett Summer Fellowship Program is for students interested in working at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in Washington, D.C. Each of these is explained more in detail below. Students interested in these fellowships must complete special program applications and must also complete program requirements for PILC Summer Funding.

  1. Center for Constitutional Transitions/International IDEA Research Fellowship
  2. Center for Environmental and Land Use Law Fellowship
  3. International Law and Human Rights Summer Fellowship Program
  4. The Hague Conference on Private International Law Summer Fellowship
  5. Helaine Barnett Fellowship at the Legal Services Corporation

While these programs are only open to NYU law students, they are competitive. It is important to note that these are not the only opportunities to do a summer internship in these fields. PILC also provides support for many students who do not participate in these programs to use their summer grants to do internships abroad or in the area of environmental and land use law.

Center for Constitutional Transitions/International IDEA Research Fellowship

These fellowships are awarded to currently enrolled full-time, first-year JD, second-year JD, and LLM students at NYU School of Law in New York. The fellowships are full-time positions for a minimum of ten weeks, based in the constitution building program at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).  The summer fellowships are part of a larger partnership between the Center for Constitutional Transitions and International IDEA (details available here).  One essential aspect of IDEA’s work is to carry out legal research in relation to the constitutional transitions that are taking place throughout the region in the midst of the Arab Spring. Fellows will carry out substantive legal research, draft memoranda and other documents, liaise with counterparts in the region and participate in the organization of workshops, conferences, dialogue sessions, etc. Up to three students will be selected for a fellowship.

Center for Environmental and Land Use Law Fellowship Program

The Center for Environmental and Land Use Law selects up to ten first-year and second-year students for the Fellowship Program. It is designed to encourage and support students interested in public interest environmental law through summer internships, mentoring by the School’s environmental and land use faculty, and exposure to leading practitioners in the field.  The Program provides grants for summer internships to students working in environmental and land use law with environmental groups, government agencies, and other public interest law practice institutions in the United States or abroad. Recipients will be required to attend a specialized workshop by faculty before their summer internship and attend a series of workshops in the fall term after the internship.  Selections will be made by a faculty committee consisting of Professors Vicki Been, Richard Stewart, and Katrina Wyman. For more information, click here.

International Law and Human Rights Summer Fellowship Program

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, in cooperation with the Institute for International Law and Justice, selects a limited number of New York University law students interested in gaining academic and practical experience in international law and human rights to serve as fellows. Fellows complete a specialized training program in international law, undertake a summer internship, and complete a research paper growing out of the field placement. Field placements include the International Law Commission in Geneva, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and other locations, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands, the Legal Resources Center in Johannesburg, South Africa and many others. For more information, please click here.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law Summer Fellowship

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (in The Hague, the Netherlands) has for the past several years offered a summer internship to one or two students from NYU School of Law. The Hague Conference is an inter-governmental organization established by treaty “to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law.” Much of the work of the Hague Conference involves the preparation of international treaties, covering a range of subjects, such as service of process, the taking of evidence, choice of law, international adoption, international child abduction, and enforcement and recognition of judgments. Students are selected by NYU School of Law Professor Linda Silberman. For more information on The Hague Conference, please click here.

Helaine Barnett Fellowship at the Legal Services Corporation

The Helaine Barnett Summer Fellowship Program sends a first or second year law student at the New York University (NYU) School of Law to work at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) at its office in Washington, DC.  Second year law students are eligible to apply, but we recommend you consult a PILC counselor before doing so.  Applications are due on January 6, 2014. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to helainebarnett@aol.com.