EarthRights International – Fellowship and Internship Opportunities Available

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Summer Legal Intern

2L Application Deadline: October 15 | 1L Application Deadline: January 31


EarthRights International, a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, is seeking U.S. law school students to work with its legal team in Washington D.C.


Law students may be J.D. or L.L.M. students, but must have at least one year of U.S. legal training by the time of the internship.


The internship is considered an unpaid volunteer position. For applicants who do not otherwise have summer funding available, stipends may be available to cover costs of living, so we encourage all to apply.


Legal interns participate in various projects associated with these cases, including legal research and writing and assistance in all phases of litigation, as well as other legal work including development of new cases, monitoring and exploring developments in international human rights and environmental law, researching and utilizing other mechanisms of corporate accountability, and helping to coordinate with and assist other groups bringing domestic or international cases. Interns are fully integrated into EarthRights’s U.S. legal team and may work with any of EarthRights’s attorneys and other staff in advocacy and communications programs.


To apply, follow the instructions at this link:


Bertha Justice Legal Fellow

Deadline for applications is December 15, 2021.


EarthRights International (EarthRights) is now seeking applications for the position of 2022-2024 U.S. Bertha Justice Fellow. This fellowship is supported by the generosity of the Bertha Foundation, whose “Be Just” initiative is intended to “train the next generation of social justice and movement lawyers by funding two-year Fellowships at the best public interest law centers around the world, where emerging lawyers receive practical training from renowned professionals.” The fellowship is geared toward attorneys with less than two years’ experience in public interest law.


The Bertha Justice Fellowship is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic and cutting-edge legal team. Under the guidance of the General Counsel and direction supervision of our Supervising Attorneys, the Fellow will work with EarthRights’ legal team to develop and implement legal strategies to protect human rights and the environment. The Fellow will be based out of EarthRights’ Washington, DC office, but may work in coordination with legal staff in other country offices in Peru and Southeast Asia. Travel is possible as part of the fellowship, depending on the needs of EarthRights’ work. Because EarthRights is a nonprofit with limited resources, the Fellow may be expected to assist with shared administrative, development, and communications tasks as well. At times, the Fellow may be expected to work outside normal hours to complete projects and represent clients.


In addition to the experience provided through working as a member of the EarthRights legal team, the Fellows will gain experience as fully integrated members of our legal team while receiving substantive mentorship and training opportunities. Fellows may also have the opportunity to attend international meetings with other lawyers within the Bertha network.


To apply, follow the instructions at this link: