International Internship and Clerkship Opportunities
Sends 25-30 students each summer on paid internships at human rights organizations around the world. Since the establishment of this program over 30 years ago, more than 1,800 Columbia law students have participated in internships in more than 50 foreign countries. Students have interned at International Commission of Jurists-Kenya, EarthRights International in Peru and Thailand, CEJIL in Brazil, Chile and Costa Rica, Human Rights Watch offices around the world, European Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia, UNHCR and UNDP, among numerous other organizations.
Columbia Law School is one of the select schools invited by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague (The Netherlands) to nominate candidates for a 9-month traineeship (clerkship) to begin on September 1, 2016 and end on June 30, 2017. Trainees assist members of the court in their tasks, including inter alia, carrying out research, preparing case files and drafting various types of documents.
Columbia Law School nominates students for the traineeship but the ICJ makes the final decision whether or not to invite a student to participate in the traineeship. There is no guarantee in any given year that the ICJ will select a student from Columbia Law School. Students who are selected by the ICJ will receive an award of $35,000 from Columbia University to cover all expenses related to the traineeship.
A committee headed by Professor Lori Damrosch will review the applications and forward Columbia’s nominations to the Court for final selection.
Application Deadline: 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016
Application Information (PDF download)
Application Form (Word document download)