Fall 2017 Legal Internship

Eshhad is seeking one legal intern to work with its international human rights litigation and advocacy programs for the fall semester of 2017. Interns play an integral part of Eshhad’s work, gaining hands-on research and writing experiences on legal, policy, and advocacy issues relating to ethnic and religious sectarianism in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria.

Duties:

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct international human rights legal research and draft memoranda in support of fact-finding reports, country condition reports, advocacy materials, and litigation;
  • Assist in preparation of documents in support of litigation before international tribunals, including UN Treaty bodies or the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and in support of advocacy before governments, international organizations, and U.N. special procedures;
  • Attend and report on briefings, Congressional hearings, and other relevant events or meetings;
  • Monitor sources of information on countries and issues of concern to Eshhad; and
  • Provide additional support to Eshhad staff on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated understanding of regional and international human rights law, refugee and asylum law, and/or international criminal law;
  • A working knowledge of international and/or regional human rights mechanisms;
  • An ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Applicants must have completed at least one year of law school and have a well-established interest in human rights. Fluency in either Arabic or French is preferred, but not required.

This internship is unpaid but under certain circumstances may be offered for credit with your law school. All work is done remotely (there is currently no physical office), although being located in the District of Columbia or New York opens opportunities for meeting with Eshhad staff and other interns as well as attending meetings, conferences, or networking opportunities.

Application Process:

If interested please e-mail in .pdf format a cover letter, resume, and a brief legal writing sample (no longer than ten pages) to Amira Mikhail at mikhail@eshhad.org. Applications will be accepted up until August 15, 2017. Please include in the subject line: Fall 2017 Legal Internship. Successful writing samples will consist of a legal brief on international human rights law and standards.

 

Fall 2017 Research and Policy Internship

Research and policy interns play an integral part of Eshhad’s work, gaining hands-on research and writing experiences on legal, policy, and advocacy issues relating to ethnic and religious sectarianism in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. Eshhad is currently seeking to fill two internships during fall 2017.

Duties:

Duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist in gathering, selecting and analyzing sectarian incidents in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria;
  • Research and write briefs and memoranda on Eshhad’s research and policy work;
  • Monitor sources of information on countries and issues of concern to Eshhad;
  • Attend and report on briefings, Congressional hearings, and other meetings; and
  • Provide additional support to Eshhad staff on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A demonstrated knowledge of Egypt, Iraq, or Syria, ideally with a focus on religious, belief, or ethnic freedoms;
  • Ability to research and occasionally write in Arabic (fluency desired);
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and great attention to detail;
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills; and
  • Data collection and coding experience desirable.

Applicants must have a well-established interest in research and policy in the Middle East. Undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated students are eligible to apply.

This internship is unpaid but under certain circumstances may be offered for credit with your academic institution. All work is done remotely (there is currently no physical office), although being located in the District of Columbia or New York opens opportunities for meeting with Eshhad staff and other interns as well as attending meetings, conferences, or networking opportunities.

Application Process:

If interested please e-mail in .pdf format a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (no longer than ten pages) to Amira Mikhail at mikhail@eshhad.org. Applications will be accepted up until August 15, 2017. Please include in the subject line: Fall 2017 Research and Policy Internship. Successful writing samples will consist of a previous publication, essays, or other sample writing on human rights law in the Middle East or on religious and ethnic freedoms.