ICRC Internship Opportunity In Washington, D.C. - Fall 2016 / Spring 2017





The Washington, DC office of the ICRC is searching for a legal intern to work during the Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 Semesters in the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) department.  Details below:


OBJECTIVE:  The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team. 

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Ÿ  Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
  • Ÿ  Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset
  • Ÿ  Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
  • Ÿ  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (Work permits are not sufficient)


Main Responsibilities:

Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.  The Intern will report directly to the delegation's Legal Advisor.

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics.  Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (intercrossblog.icrc.org).
  2.  Monitor Legal Developments. Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation.  In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team. 
  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs.  Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.   

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor.  He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for either the Fall or Spring semester (candidates may state their semester preference if contacted for an interview). This is a paid internship.  For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at anharrison@icrc.org.  To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Carly Steffes at csteffes@icrc.org. 

Applications are due April 1st, 2016.