Summer Legal Internship

Open to law students and recent grads

Building upon the Law’s School deep commitment to human rights, the Bernstein Institute promotes cutting-edge research, advocacy and education on human rights issues, with a focus on advancing legal empowerment and defending dissent. The Institute embraces a holistic approach to the advancement of human rights, deepening engagement and action by key stakeholders in the pursuit of human rights and social justice: law students, young lawyers, human rights defenders, judges, scholars, interdisciplinary allies and affected communities.

Through the Bernstein Institute’s Summer Legal Internship Program, law students will have the opportunity to work with the Institute’s network of directors and staff, including Faculty Director Meg Satterthwaite and Deputy Director, Sukti Dhital. The Institute’s interns tackle a wide range of human rights issues, including the shrinking of civil society space, business and human rights, and the growing field of legal empowerment.

Interns’ work includes legal research, writing, and advocacy support. Interns will work independently and as a team, and are encouraged to engage with the Bernstein Institute staff and visiting scholars as active colleagues. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge of human rights law and practice and/or to pursue a career in public interest and social justice. The internship is unpaid.

To apply: Applicants will need to send (1) cover letter, (2) current CV, (3) three references, (4) current academic transcript (unofficial is fine), and (5) a writing sample (10 pages maximum) 



·      Current or recent enrollment in a law degree program

·      Excellent analytical, research and writing skills as demonstrated by academic record and/or writing sample(s)

·      Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice

·      Knowledge of the international legal system

·      Strong capacity to work independently and with people from diverse backgrounds, including partner organizations


·      Work experience prior to law school

Not required but will be considered assets for some positions:

·      Experience with litigation and advocacy in national, regional or international bodies

·      Quantitative research skills

·      Interest in legal empowerment, technology and human rights, or corporate accountability