SPRING 2022 LEGAL INTERNSHIP
Department: International Advocacy & Litigation
Reporting to: Staff Attorneys + Legal Associate
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking Fall Legal Interns to advance the work of the International Advocacy and Litigation team for the Fall of 2021. The internship is a 10-week commitment, from January 17, 2022 to March 25, 2022. Applications are considered and positions are offered on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications received by 6pm EST on Monday, November 15, 2021.
About the Int’l Advocacy & Litigation Team:
Our team of lawyers and issue experts collaborate with partners around the world to create lasting legal change. Through legal advocacy, we have freed political prisoners, defended the rule of law in autocratic regimes, and amplified the voices of human rights defenders in the United States and abroad. We present the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, which recognizes a courageous individual whose activism reflects Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference. The award’s recipients enter multi-year partnerships with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, anchoring our advocacy work and strengthening the activists’ ability to make gentler the life of the world.
Legal Intern Responsibilities:
- Conducting international human rights legal research and drafting memoranda in support of litigation, fact-finding reports, and advocacy materials, as well as on recent developments of thematic issues and in-country conditions relevant to the work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights;
- Attending and reporting on briefings, Congressional hearings, symposia and other meetings;
- Monitoring sources of information on countries and issues of concern to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights; and collecting, organizing and analyzing relevant information;
- Working closely with RFK International Advocacy and Litigation team members to develop long-term strategies, legal actions, and advocacy campaigns to support the RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other partners;
- Providing additional support to RFK Human Rights Staff on an as-needed basis.
- Applicants must have completed at least one year of law school at the start of the internship and have a well-established interest in human rights;
- Demonstrated passion for RFKHR’s mission and demonstrated commitment to community-centered advocacy;
- The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated base understanding (academic/research/work experience) of regional and international human rights law;
- Working knowledge of the United Nations system (e.g. UN treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, etc.) and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.);
- An ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines;
- Fluency in one of the following languages is desirable, but not required: Arabic, French, and/or Spanish;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills;
- Strong attention to detail and able to scope out errors, including a willingness to own and fix mistakes;
- Exceptional time management, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;
- High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information;
- Innovative thinking, willingness to voice your opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential;
- Strong sense of teamwork that builds positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, and a willingness to help others;
- Believes in inclusivity when working with colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
Availability and Compensation:
- This part-time internship will commence as early as January 17, 2022 and end by March 25, 2022 with a commitment of approx. 15-20 hours per week.
- Interns will receive a $500 monthly stipend.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.