Legal Research Intern

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: London, New York, Washington DC, or remotely
  • Salary: None
  • Contract Type: Internship
  • Closing Date: 30/09/2018

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a Legal Research Intern to provide support to our Corporate Legal Accountability Program, the leading global information hub about human rights lawsuits against companies. Working with our Corporate Legal Accountability team and other members of our global team, you will assist in monitoring news about lawsuits against companies over alleged human rights abuses, and help highlight affected communities’ struggle to access justice. We are a small team and often ask interns to help with a variety of other tasks as well (see task description below).

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, reliable and well-organised. You must have, or be currently enrolled in, an undergraduate or a professional law degree (LLB/JD or similar).  You should have a strong interest in international human rights issues.  You will need the ability to concisely communicate and demystify large amounts of complex information.  You should be self-motivated, and able to work independently while functioning well as a member of a small team.  You will need research skills, but also must be willing to do some amount of routine work efficiently & accurately.  Attention to detail and accurate spelling are essential.  Previous experience working with websites is not necessaryYou must have excellent working knowledge of English. Fluency in French is highly desirable but not essential. Other language skills (particularly good working knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, German or Portuguese) would be very welcome, in which case some of your work will include research & input in those languages.

Period: Minimum commitment of at least 4 - 6 months part-time (2-3 days a week), preferably starting during the second week of October 2018 (negotiable).

Reimbursement of local travel costs, and lunch up to £7 for interns who do not have funding for the internship from their university or other institution; we are unable to pay any stipend or salary.

Location: Our offices in London, New York or Washington D.C. (after training is completed, the intern may also work from home at times if he/she wishes). Please note that due to lack of resources we are only able to take applicants with a valid work/internship permit, and are unable to offer sponsorship.

To apply, please download and complete the application form on our website (note that we cannot accept CVs). Kindly send the application form via email to Ms. Maja Janjic at [email protected]  by Sunday, 30 September 2018 and include “Legal Research Internship” in the subject line.

Next: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Tuesday 2 October and invited for an interview and a short written test, which will take place either on Thursday 4 or Friday 5 October 2018.