Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 02-Oct-2017 to 02-Dec-2017 (EST)
  • Global Legal Program
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Intern

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

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The Center's Global Legal Program (GLP) is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized JD/LLM student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of research and writing projects related to GLP's fact-finding, advocacy, and litigation in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and at the United Nations. This internship, which will be based at our New York headquarters, will provide the successful candidate with experience using advocacy, international human rights law, global development and public health to advance reproductive rights around the world.

This intership is unpaid. To participate in this internship, interns will need to receive academic credit or a stipend from their schools. The internship is part-time and ideally will begin in February 2018 and extend through May 2018. Exact schedule is flexible according to the student's academic schedule, but preference will be given to candidates that are available for a minimum of 15 hours/week spread over multiple days.



The scope of this internship may cover, but is not limited to:

  • Conducting legal and policy research and analysis on international law, human rights law, and foreign and comparative law;
  • Supporting the Global Legal Program's litigation and advocacy efforts by assisting with drafting legal petitions, shadow letters to United Nations human rights bodies, briefing papers, internal memorandums, and other documents; and
  • Using editing skills to assist with bluebooking and fact-checking of reports, petitions, shadow letters, and other documents as needed.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Current JD/LLM student in good standing and based in the New York City area during the Spring 2018 semester;
  • Exceptional research, writing and advocacy ability;
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of international development, international law, international human rights, women's rights, disability rights, LGBT rights, or other related fields;
  • Strong proven oral and written command of English is essential; knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Outlook, and internet) are required.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, 2 references, and a short writing sample (3-5 pages) must be included in your application in order to be considered for this internship. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

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