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ABA ROLI International Development Internships (Spring 2018)

Washington D.C. (United States of America)

  • Organization: ABA - American Bar Association
  • Location: Washington D.C. (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-12-08

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The American Bar Association Rule of Law International Development Internship Program

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is pleased to consider applications for its Spring 2018 International Development Internship Program. ABA ROLI seeks interns to assist headquarters staff with a wide variety of the day-to-day support functions that are pertinent to the operations of an international NGO. International Development internships are available to undergraduate, graduate, and law students, as well as recent graduates, depending on current staffing needs. Dates and daily schedules may be flexible in response to departmental needs, and correspond roughly to academic terms for spring, summer, and fall semesters. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Terms of the Program:

Interns and fellows for ABA ROLI will work with staff of their assigned division to gain an understanding of international development programs and international rule of law issues. In general, ABA ROLI offers International Development and Legal internships, which differ somewhat in their expected responsibilities and desired applicant profiles. International Development openings will support various aspects of program implementation for DC-based regional and support teams, while Legal openings will be more heavily research-based and tailored toward graduate and law students. For more information on the ABA ROLI Legal Internship Program, which is separate from the International Development Internship, please visit:

Although these are unpaid positions, interns at ABA ROLI are eligible for a wide variety of perks and learning opportunities including:

· Transportation reimbursement up to $15.00/day

· Field trips to D.C. legal destinations such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress

· Brown-bag lunches with ABA ROLI staff and guest speakers


While the hiring needs of each individual opening may differ, ABA ROLI generally requires the following qualifications for all International Development Internships:

· Undergraduate, MA/JD students, or recent graduates seeking relevant degrees in international affairs, international development, or related subject areas;

· Strong commitment to public interest law and/or international development, as evidenced by relevant experience and coursework;

· Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills;

· Proficiency with MS Office;

· International development experience highly desirable but not required;

· Knowledge of foreign languages is a plus.

Available Internships:

Please indicate your internship preference in your cover letter. ABA ROLI welcomes “Generalist” internship applications.

International Development Internships:

Asia Program Intern (Regional)

Please see the following posting for more information:

Europe and Eurasia Internship (Regional)

o Key Responsibilities: Assisting the E&E Division with Monitoring and evaluation tasks; assisting with DevResults software; program outreach assistance and new business concept development.

o Preferred Qualifications include: Interest in Europe/Eurasia (special interests in Armenia/Georgia/Moldova/Russia would be a plus); research and writing experience; interest in refugee/migrant issues; recent college or graduate student.

Europe and Eurasia Internship (Balkans focused)

o Key Responsibilities: Assist the Balkans and Eastern Europe portfolio within the Europe and Eurasia Division with new business development for rule of law programming; Assist the team with researching pressing rule of law issues in the region and staying abreast of current political and socioeconomic developments in the region; Assist the team in drafting program outreach materials; Attend region-specific events and conferences in the DC area and provide summaries

o Preferred Qualifications include: MA/JD students, or recent graduates (International Relations/ Political Science/ European Studies) seeking relevant degrees or employment in international affairs, international development, or related subject areas; proposal writing experience preferred; knowledge of one, or more, Southeast European language preferred; professional and/or academic focus on Southeast Europe; Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, strong organizational and research skills.

Latin America and the Caribbean Intern

o Key Responsibilities: Assist the LAC Division with management of current programs and development of new programs in judicial reform, legal education reform, human rights, among other things; assist with monitoring the political and economic developments in the region, producing outreach materials, researching areas of interest and working with program and in-country staff with day-to-day support tasks.

o Preferred Qualifications include: Spanish proficiency, attention to detail, strong organizational and research skills, interest in the region.

Outreach and Communications Intern

o Key Responsibilities: Contribute to development of multimedia materials for ROLI websites, newsletters, collateral, social media outlets, etc.; Support, produce, and edit video and audio clips for outreach materials.

o Preferred qualifications include: One year of work or internship experience in video/audio production. Currently undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Film Making or Communications, with a background in journalism, public relations, marketing, etc.; Experience using Adobe CC is preferred.

How to apply: If you are interested in an ABA ROLI International Development internship**,** please submit a resume and cover letter indicating your preference from the list of positions below, as well as your availability for the spring semester. If you are interested in being considered for all openings, please indicate that you are interested as a “Generalist.” ABA ROLI will try to match candidates to their top choice whenever possible, but highly value candidate flexibility throughout the selection process.

Please visit the following link to apply:

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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