Legal Research Intern (Summer), Justice Initiative - New York or London

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship
  • Posted
    Jan 29

Position description

Legal Research Intern (Summer), Justice Initiative - New York or London. New York. Posting Date: 01/28/2020. Deadline: 03/01/2020

Are you thinking about a career where you can help make change in the world? We are seeking a full-time intern based in London or New York to support the Open Society Foundations' Justice Initiative work. The internship will commence from May 26, 2020 through August 28, 2020.

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Justice Initiative is an operational program of the Open Society Foundations, uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law, and to advance human rights. We pursue accountability for international crimes, support criminal justice reforms, strengthen human rights institutions, combat discrimination and statelessness, challenge abuses related to national security and counter-terrorism, defend civic space, foster freedom of information and expression, confront corruption and promote economic justice.

As an intern at Open Society Foundations, you will:

  • Draft legal and non-legal reports and memorandum for relevant to projects in our four core thematic areas: accountability, liberty and transparency; criminal justice; equality and inclusion; and rule of law;
  • Conduct all-source research via websites, Lexis/Nexis, foreign source materials, academic studies, oral interviews of experts, legal and political documents, Library of Congress materials, etc;
  • Attend scheduled staff conference calls and relevant meetings hosted by think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, government briefings, etc;
  • Assist with the development of web-site and advocacy materials as needed;
  • Attend relevant meetings hosted by think tanks and government and non-government agencies


What we are looking for:

  • Currently enrolled in a relevant law school or graduate program
  • Highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information
  • Desire to function in a team environment
  • Ability to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.
  • Ability to effectively manage working efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget, and reporting


What we offer our interns:

  • Learn about the various tools available for researching issues
  • Engage in oral and written persuasive techniques
  • Opportunity to draft reports and legal memoranda related to human rights related advocacy in the areas of focus of the Justice Initiative.
  • Networking opportunities such as the Brown Bags series where you will hear from intellectuals across Open Society Foundations and human rights space


If this sounds like the internship opportunity you have been looking for, please submit your application along with your CV and Cover Letter. We look forward to learning more about you.

Please note, this position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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