INTERNSHIPS, MOOTS & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Internships

Graduates of the Law School go on to hold positions as practitioners and researchers at a wide range of international institutions, firms, law schools, and non-governmental organizations. Of the fifteen judges presently serving on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), three are NYU Law alumni: Thomas Buergenthal of the United States, Nabil Elaraby of Egypt, and Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren of Venezuela. Alumni currently leading international organizations include UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei.

NYU School of Law provides an impressive array of internship programs to give students and recent graduates the opportunity to enhance their education in international law, human rights, and domestic public interest law outside of the United States. Together, the Public Interest Law Center, the Global Public Service Law Project, the Institute for International Law and Justice, and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice send record numbers of students overseas each year. In addition, the Law School and the IILJ can assist NYU School of Law students in obtaining internships in New York during the academic year, for example, with government representatives at the United Nations, with NGOs, or with major law firms. 

Since 2003, through the Public Interest Summer Internship Funding Program, NYU has provided funding for all first-year and second-year students who work in public interest and government positions; over 300 students participate in this program each summer. For more information about funding, visit the Public Interest Law Center website and go to "Summer Funding".To enable students to find the best internships, the Public Interest Law Center presents a comprehensive calendar of events covering a broad range of public interest practice areas. Additionally, counselors are available to help you tailor a job search to further personal career goals.

Students and graduates can also participate in specialized internship programs in international law, human rights, and international public interest work. These programs are open to J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. students. Through specialized programs in which ongoing relationships with prestigious organizations are established, students and new graduates are funded and placed with organizations engaged in important international practice. Some of the many opportunities available are described here.

The Office of Career Services provides a variety of career services for students and alumni of the Law School’s Graduate Programs in order to help them find a private sector position consistent with their career goals. The Center for Global Affairs at NYU offers courses and hosts public events in the areas of international politics, economics, law and human rights. The Public Interest Law Center at the Law School provides advice regarding public interest careers. Several associations also offer prizes in international law.

Selected mailing lists you may wish to join:UN Wire, by the United Nations Foundation, Center for Global Development, Crisis Group, American Society of International Law, American Bar Association, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International.

Information on internship and other professional experience may also be sought from the following organizations:

(i) Internship Listings: Idealist.org, International Jobs Center, PSLawNet

(ii) Organizations:

(iii) Permanent Missions to the United Nations:

Information on other Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

If you would like to suggest an additional internship, please email IILJ@juris.law.nyu.edu.