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  • ABA Rule of Law Initiative

    Promotes development of the rule of law in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East; focus on anti-corruption initiatives, war crimes, and human rights.

    Organizational focus: International Law, Human Rights
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  • ActionAid International

    ActionAid International focuses on the needs of people in poverty and work toward ensuring basic human rights: food, education, healthy environment. Other initiatives include combatting inequality, securing a fair and accountable government, and providing HIV and AIDS education. It offers some paid positions.

    Organizational focus: International development for people in poverty.
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  • Advocates for Human Rights

    The mission of Advocates for Human Rights is to implement international human rights standards in order to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law. Organization has specific initiatives targeting human rights monitoring, women, and immigrants. It generally provides a variety of unpaid internships. 

    Organizational focus: Seeks to promote human rights research, women’s rights, and immigrant rights.
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  • African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights

    The African Charter established the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission has three main functions: the protection of human rights, the promotion of human rights, and the interpretation of the African charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Through the African Union (AU) there are paid positions and the ACHPR also provides unpaid internship opportunities.

    Organizational focus: Human rights and policy in Africa.
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  • American Civil Liberties Union

    The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual rights and civil liberties in the United States. Career positions and legal fellowships are located in offices across the country.

    Organizational focus: Civil Liberties, LGBT rights, anti-discrimination, immigrant rights, speech and privacy rights
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  • American Council of Learned Societies

    ACLS provides fellowships and grants for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars in the humanities and related social sciences. Fellowships and grants are funded through 12 programs located in China, Africa, and the United States. provides a research grant to conduct a year of research on a humanities issue in China.

    Organizational focus: Humanities and Social Science Research
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  • American Refugee Committee

    ARC works with victims of war and civil conflict in twelve countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Programs provide legal aid, mircrocredit, community development services, gender based violence prevention and response, and basic health care and shelter.

    Organizational focus: Refugee Issues and Assistance
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  • American Society of International Law

    ASIL’s mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. Through education events, interest groups, research, and publications, ASIL provides resources to the public, attorneys, and the judiciary. It offers paid positions, as well as fellowships and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Maintaining international relations through the application of law.
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  • Amnesty International

    Major human rights organization (over 3 million members) with established offices in 68 countries. Focus is on promoting human rights through publishing independent reports, publicizing key human rights concerns, and advocacy via legislative work and grassroots mobilization. Current vacancies for regular and temporary employment, as well as internships, are listed on the U.S. careers web pages.

    Organizational focus: International Human Rights; death penalty, economic rights, indigenous peoples, detention issues, etc.
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  • Anti-Slavery International

    The oldest human rights organization in the world (dating from 1839), Anti-Slavery International works at local, national and international levels to eliminate all forms of slavery around the world.


    Organizational focus: Anti-trafficking, anti-slavery
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  • Arthur C. Helton Fellowship

    Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues of their choice involving international human rights, humanitarian affairs, refugees, international criminal law and related areas. Applications are posted in the fall.

    Organizational focus: International Research
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  • Asia Foundation

    The Asian Foundation seeks to improve and help societies to flourish in Asia. Issues countries in Asia face include access to justice, inequality, urbanization, and violence against women. The Foundation has associates in their headquarters, as well as across Asia. It offers paid positions, independent contractor/consultant positions, and work for junior associates. 

    Organizational focus: Improve the lives of those living in Asia through a variety of initiatives.
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  • Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

    APRRN is a growing network of civil society organizations from various countries. As a coalition, these groups work toward advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region. Through advocacy, resource sharing, and outreach, APRRN strives to provide equal access and protection to refugees. It offers paid positions and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Engaging and collaborating with other organizations to improve refugee rights.
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  • Asian American Justice Center

    The Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works to advance the human and civil rights for Asian Americans. AAJC promotes and builds a fair and equitable society for all through civil rights litigation, research, and writing. It offers a post-graduate fellowship, summer clerkships, and some internships.

    Organizational focus: Furthering equal justice through civil rights litigation.
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  • Asian Human Rights Commission

    Organization works with its sister organization, Asian Legal Resource Centre, to promote civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights, across the Asian continent. A few self-supported internships are available each year, lasting for a minimum of six months.

    Organizational focus: Human Rights in Asia
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  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development

    The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is an international, multi-generational, feminist, creative, future-orientated membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. This organization offers a wide variety of paid positions and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Working toward gender equality, sustainable development, and women’s rights.
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  • Asylum Access

    Asylum Access is an international nonprofit making refugee rights a reality in the first country of refuge. Through individual legal assistance, training refugee leaders, selective litigation and policy advocacy, Asylum Access empowers refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin America to know their rights and gain self-sufficiency. Asylum Access offers paid positions, unpaid internships, and one-year volunteer legal advocate positions.


    Organizational focus: Refugee Issues and Assistance
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  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has four divisions: Global Development, Global Policy & Advocacy, Global Health, and the U.S. Program. The Global Development division aims to improve access to basic necessities and sanitation. The Global Policy division advocates for policy analysis and public awareness of global issues, while the Global Health division works to improve access to vaccines and health care. Finally, the U.S. Program works to address social inequity and poverty. This foundation provides paid positions, fellowships, and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Promoting global health and development.
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  • CARE

    CARE began in 1945, helping survivors of WWII via “Care Packages.” Care continues to provide emergency aid in times of crisis, but their primary focus is on serving individuals and families in the poorest parts of the world through promoting the economic equality of women. Specific goals include improving basic education, ending gender-based violence, providing healthcare and nutrition, expanding economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE offers full-time positions throughout the world as well as unpaid internships and fellowships in their US offices.

    Organizational focus: Poverty, women’s rights
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  • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

    Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs promotes the message that ethics matter. The Council works to create nonpartisan education resources such as, journal articles, multimedia broadcasts and speaker series. Some paid positions are offered and unpaid internships are filled on a rolling basis.

    Organizational focus: Educating professions, journalists, and the greater public on the importance of ethics.
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  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace works on a broad range of international issues ranging from Rule of Law to Energy and Climate. Its projects emphasize research and shaping regional and international policy. This organization has a range of paid and unpaid fellowships across the world.

    Organizational focus: Policy research on international issues.
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  • Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

    Carr Center for Human Rights Policy emphasizes human security, global governance, economic justice, and equality. Through research, practice, leadership, and communication, the Carr Center strives to promote human rights. It offers unpaid fellowships for one semester or one year. 

    Organizational focus: Realizing global justice through theory, policy, and practice.
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  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.

    Catholic Legal Immigration Network is a faith based organization that promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants. It works with a variety of Catholic an community based immigration programs. Catholic Legal Immigration Network offers paid positions and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Advocating and supporting low-income immigrants.
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  • Cato Institute

    Cato Institute is a public policy research organization. Its mission is to increase understanding of public policy, liberty, limited government, and peace. This vision is founded on libertarian principles. Policy topics include: education, environment, immigration, development, and health. Cato Institute offers a wide variety of unpaid internships and some paid positions.

    Organizational focus: Creating free, open, and civil societies founded on libertarian principles.
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  • Center for Constitutional Rights

    The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Issues include abusive immigration practices, government surveillance, mass incarceration, and racial injustice.

    Organizational focus: Pursuing social change through litigation and advocacy.
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  • Center for Economic and Social Rights

    CESR promotes economic and social justice through human rights research and policy advocacy. In addition to providing extensive interdisciplinary research, CESR develops rights monitoring and legal accountability methods for countries in transition, and for the NGOs and IGOs working in the areas of human and social rights.

    Organizational focus: Human rights: raising the standard of living in the world’s poorest nations
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  • Center for Global Development

    Center for Global Development is an international think-tank focused on reducing global poverty and inequality. Through policy research in climate change, global governance, health, education, and migration, this organization influences policymakers and advocates. It offers paid positions, research fellowships, and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Striving to reduce poverty and inequality through policy research.
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  • Center for Victims of Torture

    Cares for victims of torture, studies effects of torture, trains mental health professionals to assist victims, advocates for victims regarding policy matters related to torture. This organization offers some paid positions. 

    Organizational focus: Working toward deterring torture, rehabilitation victims, and policy prevention.
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  • Clinton Foundation

    Organization established by President Clinton to address a wide variety of international issues. Issue areas include, Climate Change, Global Health, Economic Development, Women, and Health & Wellness. It provides some paid positions, but offers a wide variety of unpaid internships. 

    Organizational focus: Initiatives include global health, economic development, and climate change.
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  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

    Based in Los Angeles, CAST is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that serves local victims of human trafficking. The organization empowers survivors by providing social services, legal services and outreach and training. Both paid legal positions and volunteer attorney positions are advertised.

    Organizational focus: Human rights: Slavery
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  • Council of Europe

    The Council of Europe promotes the rule of law, democratic governance, and all aspects of human rights protections. Comprised of the 47 member states that are parties to the European Convention on Human Rights, COE offers full-time and temporary positions, but requires citizenship in one of the COE member countries.

    Organizational focus: International Law, Human Rights
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  • Danish Institute for Human Rights

    DIHR is Denmark’s National Human Rights Institution with a mandate to promote and protect human rights in Denmark and abroad. On an international level, DIHR works with other NGOs, IGOs and businesses around the world to strengthen compliance with human rights standards. DIHR is also one of the largest human rights research centers in Europe.

    DIHR offers a few permanent positions in addition to student research positions and fellowships.

    Organizational focus: Human rights research
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  • Disability Rights International

    Disability Rights International is dedicated to promoting the human rights and full participation in society of people with disabilities. DRI focuses on human rights abuses, publishes reports on enforcement, and seeks to end the institutionalization of children with disabilities. Both permanent employment and internship positions are available.

    Organizational focus: Human rights for the mentally disabled
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  • Earthrights International

    EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment. Areas of interest include climate change, infrastructure projects, corporate accountability especially with extractive industries, and land rights for vulnerable communities.

    ERI specializes in fact-finding and monitoring, litigation, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns.  ERI offers staff positions, unpaid fellowships, internships, and legal volunteer positions through its Cooperating Attorney Corps.

    Organizational focus: Human rights and environmental rights; high conflict areas
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  • ECPAT International

    ECPAT International was established to end the sexual exploitation of children world wide. Through research, advocacy, and campaigns, ECPAT works with other organizations and coalitions to protect children. It offers some paid positions and limited stipend internships.

    Organizational focus: Ending the sexual exploitation of children.
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  • Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

    The goal of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is to break the cycle of incarceration and poverty in the United States through advocacy campaigns, lobbying, organizing, and education and training programs. Career positions and internships are available.

    Organizational focus: Equal Justice and development
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  • European Court of Human Rights

    The Court hears cases on a wide range of human rights issues that arise under the European Convention on Human Rights. To deal with its expanding workload, the Court had developed the Assistant Lawyer’s Scheme to provide new legal professionals an opportunity to gain experience. Qualified applicants must be a national of a Council of Europe member state and have a law degree in a university located in a COE member state.

    Organizational focus: Various Human Rights issues
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  • Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade International promotes and supports poverty reduction and sustainable development through fair trade. With fair wages for fair labor, workers can improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. Paid positions and unpaid internships are available with Fairtrade International and associated organizations.

    Organizational focus: Ensuring secure and sustainable livelihoods for disadvantaged or marginalized workers and farmers.
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  • Family Health International

    Family Health International works to develop national policies in order to support human development. Through research, education, and partnering with other organizations, FHI seeks sustainable solutions tailored to local needs. It provides paid positions, fellowships, and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Making a world in which all individuals and communities can reach their highest potential.
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  • Fulbright Program Fellowship

    Provides students the opportunity to conduct a year of research on international issues abroad. The Fulbright Program was established to facilitate good relations and mutual understand between the United States and other countries. It offers short and long-term stipend positions. 

    Organizational focus: Improving international relations through the exchange of knowledge.
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  • Global Exchange

    Global Exchange is a global human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice since 1988. Based in San Francisco, CA, the organization educates the public by sponsoring over 100 Reality Tours annually, as well as focusing on a number of educational and action-oriented programs such as Fair Trade, Midwest Green Economy, and Corporate Human Rights Violators. 

    Full time employment, internships, and volunteer positions are available.

    Organizational focus: Social and environmental justice
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  • Global Fund for Women

    Organization focuses on grantmaking to organizations around the world that focus on women’s human rights: zero violence, economic and political empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Offices are located in San Francisco and New York.


    Organizational focus: Funding for women’s human rights initiatives
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  • Global March Against Child Labour

    With its origins in the global march in support of the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour in 1988, the organization now works with partners around the world (UNICEF, ILO, trade unions, etc.) to eliminate child labor. Global March focuses on knowledge management, advocacy and campaigns in fighting child slavery and trafficking. It is the largest and most established active global coalition that specifically targets child labor elimination. Offices are in the Netherlands and India.

    Full time employment and volunteer positions are available.

    Organizational focus: Children’s rights
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  • Human Rights First

    An independent, American-based advocacy organization that focuses on encouraging U.S. leaders in government and business to respect human rights and the rule of law. Using coalitions to support policy solutions to specific human rights problems (closing Guantanamo, ending human trafficking, supporting LGBT rights in the Carribean) Human Rights First seeks to obtain concrete results.

    Some permanent positions and many law-based internships are available in Washington, DC, New York, and Houston.

    Organizational focus: Human Rights, specific focus on refugee protection and crimes against humanity
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  • Human Rights Watch

    A premier NGO, Human Rights Watch documents human rights abuses and works with partner organizations to stop these abuses through policy changes and social activism. They hire for paid employment and also take volunteers.

    Organizational focus: Human Rights
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  • Human Rights Watch International Human Rights Fellowship Program

    Fellowship provides funding for research in international human rights. Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.


    Salary is $55,000 with benefits and applications are due at the beginning of October.

    Organizational focus: International Human Rights Research
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  • Human Rights Without Frontiers International

    HRWF International focuses particular attention on freedom of religion or belief, trafficking in women for sexual exploitation, ethnic and linguistic minorities and human rights violations in China, North Korea, Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East. The organization addresses its advocacy primarily through EU institutions, the United Nations, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).In addition, HRWF International conducts research, prepares reports and organizes educational seminars.


    Three month unpaid internships are available.

    Organizational focus: International law and human rights
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  • Indian Law Resource Center

    The Center is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that provides legal advice, assistance and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas, who are working to protect their lands, environment, their cultures and to realize their other human rights.

    Several fellowships with stipends are available, as are unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Human rights of Indigenous People
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  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

    The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (_OAS_) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere.

    Full-time employment is available.

    Year-long fellowships for law graduates, with a stipend and airfare allowance, are available; applications due before the end of September. Unpaid summer internships for currently enrolled law students can be applied for in February.

    Organizational focus: Various Human Rights issues
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  • Inter-American Development Bank

    The Bank provides development funding primarily to the Carribean and Latin America through loans and grants. Fellowships, internships, and full-time employment are available, however, internships are only available for citizens of Bank member countries (the US is not a member). Language requirements may also apply.

    Organizational focus: Human rights through finance
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  • Interights

    Organization pursues human rights litigation worldwide, including domestic courts and before regional and international bodies. Cases are selected carefully to improve standards and protections in areas where the law is weak. Interights works with local human rights activists and lawyers in litigation, education, and publications.


    Any vacancies or volunteer positions are listed on the website.

    Organizational focus: Human Rights Litigation
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  • International Catholic Migration Committee

    While this organization identifies as a faith-based organization, ICMC both hires and helps people of all faiths, nationalities and ethnic origins. ICMC serves and protects uprooted people: refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and migrants. In addition, the organization provides humanitarian assistance, refugee resettlement, and migration and development assistance.


    The website lists vacancies for a variety of paid positions, including legal advisors.

    Organizational focus: Human rights for immigrants and refugees
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  • International Center for Transitional Justice

    ICTJ works to help societies heal by accounting for and addressing past atrocities and mass human rights abuses after a period of repressive rule or armed conflict. ICTJ assists in the development of integrated, comprehensive and localized approaches to transitional justice, focusing on seven key elements: prosecutions, truth-seeking, institutional reform, gender justice, reparations, peace and justice, and memorials.


    Both permanent positions and internships are posted on the website.

    Organizational focus: International law, criminal law
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  • International Court of Justice

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies. Both paid positions and unpaid internships are offered.

    Organizational focus: International dispute resolution.
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  • International Crisis Group

    The International Crisis Group is an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Using expert analysts located in the field, the Crisis Group identifies the conflicts and problems, develops policy prescriptions and uses high-level advocacy to effect change. Analysts are drawn from the fields of journalism, diplomacy, academia and NGOs.

    In addition to permanent career positions, a paid fellowship and various internships are also available.

    Organizational focus: Conflict prevention and resolution
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  • International Development Law Organization

    IDLO is an intergovernmental organization devoted to promoting the rule of law. It works with governments, multilateral organizations, private foundations, and the private sector. IDLO enables countries to design, reform, and strengthen the rule of law. Initiatives include Peace and Democracy, Access to Justice, Women and Girls, Public Health, Sustainability, and Economic Diversity. It offers paid positions and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Striving to ensure human rights with the help of the rule of law.
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  • International Federation for Human Rights

    FIDH is an international NGO supporting over 177 human rights organizations and is the second oldest human rights NGO in the world. Its core mandate is defending all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It conducts fact-finding missions, advocacy, litigation, training and education. Issues include defending human rights advocates, women’s rights, migrant’s rights, LGBT rights, death penalty, terrorism and globalization’s impact on human rights.


    Both permanent positions and internships are advertised on the website.


    Organizational focus: Human Rights
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  • International Human Rights Law Group

    The International Human Rights Law Group is a nonprofit organization engaged in advocacy, strategic human rights lawyering and training around the world. Our mission is to empower local advocates to expand the scope of human rights protections and to promote broad participation in building human rights standards and procedures at the national, regional and international levels.


    Paid positions, and unpaid fellowships and internships are listed on the website.

    Organizational focus: Human rights
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  • International Institute for Sustainable Development

    The International Institute for Sustainable Development is a Canadian-based, international public policy research institute for sustainable development. Publisher of the well-respected Earth Negotiations Bulletin, the IISD focuses on macroeconomic policy, governance arrangements and processes, and management of ecological and social systems.

    Organizational focus: Human and enviornmental rights in the developing world
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  • International Justice Project

    The International Justice Project is dedicated to assisting victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in their struggle for recognition and inclusion in domestic and international judicial forums.  The IJP focues on supporting ICC applicants, Darfur victims, victims of human trafficking and connecting survivors and their children with medical care.

    Unpaid internships are available.

    Organizational focus: International Criminal Law
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  • International Labour Organization

    The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only ‘tripartite’ United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all.

    In addition to the employment link listed below, check the listings at the International Training Centre located in Turin, Italy:


    Organizational focus: Human Labor Rights
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  • International Rescue Committee

    The IRC is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and developmental NGO founded by Albert Einstein. Offering emergency aid and long term assistance to refugees displaced by war, persecution and natural disasters, the IRC works in over 40 countries and in the U.S. to assist refugees adjust to life in the United States.


    Organizational focus: Development and Refugee Issues
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  • International Senior Lawyers Project

    The International Senior Lawyers Project provides the pro bono services of highly skilled and experienced lawyers to promote human rights, equitable and sustainable economic development and the rule of law worldwide.

    Volunteers are drawn from the larger law firms and provide unpaid legal assistance to various NGOs and countries.

    Organizational focus: Economic Development and Human Rights
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  • Lawyers Without Borders

    Lawyers Without Borders promotes volunteerism and pro bono service for rule of law projects, capacity building, and access to justice initiatives. With the use of large law firms, in-house counsel, and nonprofit organizations, LWB collaborates to promote human rights. There are paid positions around the country and unpaid internships in Washington D.C. and New Haven, CT.

    Organizational focus: Collaboration with public and private entities to promote human rights.
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  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

    The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. Eight offices in major U.S. cities, work with the private bar on pro-bono cases.

    Career positions, fully-paid fellowships, and a volunteer internship program are all available.

    Organizational focus: Civil and human rights
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    MALDEF, the Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America, is dedicated to protecting and promoting the civil rights of Latinos living across the United States, through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation. MALDEF focuses its efforts in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

    Paid career positions are available, as well as short-term, 15 hours per week legal internships in four U.S. cities.

    Organizational focus: Civil Liberties for Mexican-Americans and the Latino Community
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  • Mercy Corps

    Organization works to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Program areas include emergency response, food security, public health, women’s issues, energy access, refugees.  Both paid positions and internships are available.

    Organizational focus: International Poverty Issues
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  • Minority Rights Group International

    Minority Rights Group International works to advance the rights of minority and indigenous populations through education, research, publications, and legal cases. Primary focus is on anti-discrimination. This organization provides unpaid internships and fellowships.


    Organizational focus: Human rights of minorities and indigenous peoples
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  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

    The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations’ human rights efforts. OHCHR provides expertise to governments, facilitates forums for education, and monitors the implementation of human rights internationally. Paid jobs and unpaid internships can be found on the UN career site.

    Organizational focus: Implementation and education of international human rights.
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  • Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a UN-affiliated organisation located in The Hague in the Netherlands. It is the organisation responsible for the administration of the Chemical Weapons Convention, including verification, inspection, and liaising with member states. OPCW has both paid positions, as well as unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Emphasizes demilitarization and non-proliferation of chemical weapons.
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  • Oxfam International

    Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Paid positions and unpaid internships are available in multiple countries.

    Organizational focus: Works to fight poverty and inequality, while responding to international crises.
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  • Redress

    Redress is an organization that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. This organization works directly with victims and works to develop the means of ensuring compliance with international standards. It offers both paid positions and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Seeks justice and reparations for victims of torture.
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  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

    The Robert. F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights works to advance a number of human rights initiatives, as well as to honor human rights activists around the world. Through research, education, and development, this organization seeks to promote human rights and empower activists. Paid positions, fellowship, an unpaid internships are offered with different emphases. 

    Organizational focus: Promoting human rights and empowering activists.
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  • Simon Wiesenthal Center

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. Paid positions are offered through the Museum of Tolerance and unpaid internships are available in the New York office.

    Organizational focus: Promotes tolerance and human rights for the Jewish people.
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  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon

    The STL’s primary mandate is to hold trials for the people accused of carrying out the attack of 14 February 2005 which killed 23 people, including the former prime minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and other injured victims. The Tribunal offers both paid positions an unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: International Criminal Justice in Lebanon.
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  • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)

    UNICEF works to overcome obstacles of poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination that affect children worldwide. With education, immunization, and emergency support, UNICEF works to ensure children grow up in a protective environment. It offers paid positions and unpaid internships year-round.

    Organizational focus: Ensuring human rights for children, internationally.
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  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

    UNESCO is an organization that coordinates international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It promotes access to education, diversity, freedom of expression, development, and general human rights. It offers unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Strengthening ties between nations and societies in order to build peace.
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  • United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

    UN Women works to create global standards for the treatment and advancement of women, implements those standards, and holds member states accountable to those standards. This organization works to advance gender equality through a number of diverse initiatives. It provides unpaid internships around the world.

    Organizational focus: Empowerment and human rights for all women.
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  • United Nations Population Fund

    UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Through sexual and reproductive health education, UNFPA hopes to inform those in poverty about HIV, pregnancy, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. It offers both paid staff positions and unpaid internships.


    Organizational focus: Education, research, and information to combat reproductive hardships.
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  • US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

    The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor headed by Assistant Secretary Michael H. Posner, leads the U.S. efforts to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally. The US Department of State offers a wide variety of paid positions, student career programs, and fellowships.

    Organizational focus: Human Rights
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  • Vance Center

    The Vance Center strengthens democratic transition by engaging lawyers across borders to advance fundamental justice in countries undertaking legal and institutional reform. It strives to advance global justice through pro bono representation, raising awareness of threats to human rights, and promoting greater understanding of international law. It provides some unpaid fellowships.

    Organizational focus: Promoting and engaging in pro bono work, as well as human rights.
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  • Witness for Peace

    (NOTE: this organization identifies as faith-based) WFP’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. Positions on the WFP international team and internships are unpaid.

    Organizational focus: Human Rights in Latin America
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  • Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling

    As a leading defender of women’s rights in Palestine, WCLAC is proud of its uncompromising commitment to provide legal aid, social counseling and protection services to women in an environment where human rights abuses are rampant and women’s issues are regularly overlooked. There are paid positions and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Promoting gender equality and social justice for Palestinian women.
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  • World Food Programme

    Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. By providing food in times of war, civil conflict, and natural disasters, the WFP works to fight hunger. There are both paid positions and unpaid internships.

    Organizational focus: Providing food in times of crisis.
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