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Internships: Rule of Law

  • Rule of Law interns facilitate programming currently in Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Liberia, to ensure that all citizens — including women and other marginalized populations — can enjoy their fundamental human rights of access to information and justice.


The Rule of Law Program works to advance good governance, accountability, and trust through inclusive and meaningful access to information (ATI) and access to justice (ATJ) in order to transform lives. These fundamental human rights serve as the cornerstone of democracy, accountability, and meaningful citizen participation. The Rule of Law team partners with government and civil society in diverse regional contexts to engage innovative programming to ensure that access to information and justice is accessible to even the most disadvantaged populations, particularly women. Interns working with Rule of Law will play an active role in helping to ensure that projects meet expected deliverables and have sustainable, positive impact.

Examples of Rule of Law work include:

• Supporting government and civil society to apply creative solutions to overcome obstacles facing women in the exercise of the right to information in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Liberia, and Nepal

• Influencing the international agenda to more explicitly secure the right of access to information for women, including through assistance with the Center’s Inform Women, Transform Lives global campaign launching in 10 major cities around the globe

• Supporting the advancement and institutionalization of the right of access to information and strengthening accountability and transparency in the justice and security sectors of Liberia, with potential expansion to other countries/regions

• Advancing implementation of ATI legislation through the Center's own Implementation Assessment Tool around the globe

• Strengthening the capacity of local and national leaders to increase awareness of citizen rights in the formal justice system, improve administration of justice, and advance access to justice in their respective countries and regions

• Providing free legal information and dispute resolution services

• Contributing scholarship and serving as a resource on accountability, transparency, good governance, and access to information and justice for the global community of practice

Number of Interns per Semester: 3-4

Expected Projects

• Conduct applied research to inform project development/implementation as directed

• Monitor and report on select countries and regions

• Assist with data collection, organization, and input as necessary

• Contribute to websites, publications, and reports

• Prepare briefing materials and serve as a rapporteur for meetings and conferences

• Assist in planning and executing project objectives

Preferred Qualifications

• Excellent written and verbal English skills

• Background in political science, international studies/development, public administration, law, or gender studies

• Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research and data collection, entry, and analysis

• Foreign language skills (particularly Spanish, Bangla, and Nepali) desired, but not required

• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams; Zoom; Facebook; Twitter; and other social media accounts

• High degree of organization, attention to detail, and skill at prioritizing and managing multiple tasks

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a deadline-driven environment

Interested in applying for an internship in the Center's Rule of Law Program? View application deadlines »

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Internship Deadlines

Summer 2022
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Start date: May 17, 2022 (flexible)

Fall 2022
Deadline: June 15, 2022
Start date: August 23, 2022

Spring 2023
Deadline: October 15, 2022
Start date: January 10, 2023

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