The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University has announced that they will once again be offering their International Law and Human Rights Fellowship for the 2017 year. This presents an exciting opportunity for New York University law students to gain experience working with human rights organizations around the world.
What Is the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship?
The International Law and Human Rights Fellowship is an internship program offered through the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice in partnership with the Institute for International Law and Justice and the Public Interest Law Center at New York University.
Students who receive the fellowship have the opportunity to participate in a 10 to 12-month internship usually during the summer months. To prepare for the placement, participants take 2 to 4 training courses the semester before the placement. After it has been completed, they compose a research paper related to their experiences.
Fellowship recipients receive a stipend of $4500 to $6500 to cover costs during their placements. The amount received depends on the students’ academic level.
Where Can You Work During the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship?
The International Law and Human Rights Fellowship internships provide the opportunity to work in Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The placements include everything from spots at the United Nations to internships with foreign government agencies to field work placements to posts with nonprofits conducting administrative work and research. A complete listing of the placements and detailed descriptions are included with the application.
While the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice does allow students to select a preferred study site, in some cases, fellows may not be offered a placement at their preferred locations.
What Are the Requirements for the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship?
To qualify for the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship, you must currently be enrolled in a Master of Laws, Juris Doctor or Doctor of the Science of Law degree program at New York University. Recent graduates may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. All individuals must complete a course in international law or human rights prior to the start of the internship. Those with more educational or work experience in one of these fields are more likely to receive a placement.
How Do You Apply for the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship?
Applications for the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship are available on the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice website. Along with an application, you must submit a CV and a 500-word statement of interest plus a transcript and a list of law courses you have taken relevant to the position. A placement preference form is also mandatory and gives you the opportunity to request placement in a specific location.
All documents should be sent in a single PDF file to ILHR.Fellows@gmail.com.
The deadline for applications is noon on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. After applications have been reviewed, the selection committee will schedule interviews with applicants that show promise.