Department: International Advocacy & Litigation

Part-time, Non-Exempt

Openings: Two

Location: Remote

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking Fall Legal Interns to advance the work of the International Advocacy and Litigation team for the Fall of 2021. The internship is a 10-week commitment, from September 6, 2021 to November 12, 2021. Applications are considered and positions are offered on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications received by 6pm EST on Friday, June 25, 2021.

About the Int’l Advocacy & Litigation Team:

Our team of lawyers and issue experts collaborate with partners around the world to create lasting legal change. Through legal advocacy, we have freed political prisoners, defended the rule of law in autocratic regimes, and amplified the voices of human rights defenders in the United States and abroad. We present the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, which recognizes a courageous individual whose activism reflects Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference. The award’s recipients enter multi-year partnerships with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, anchoring our advocacy work and strengthening the activists’ ability to make gentler the life of the world.

Legal Intern Responsibilities: 

  • Conducting international human rights legal research and drafting memoranda in support of litigation, fact-finding reports, and advocacy materials, as well as on recent developments of thematic issues and in-country conditions relevant to the work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights;
  • Attending and reporting on briefings, Congressional hearings, symposia and other meetings;
  • Monitoring sources of information on countries and issues of concern to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights; and collecting, organizing and analyzing relevant information;
  • Working closely with RFK International Advocacy and Litigation team members to develop long-term strategies, legal actions, and advocacy campaigns to support the RFK Human Rights Award Laureates and other partners;
  • Providing additional support to RFK Human Rights Staff on an as-needed basis.


  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of law school at the start of the internship and have a well-established interest in human rights human rights;
  • The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated base understanding (academic/research/work experience) of regional and international human rights law;
  • Working knowledge of the United Nations system (e.g. UN treaty bodies, special procedures, Universal Periodic Review, etc.) and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.);
  • An ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines;
  • Fluency in one of the following languages is desirable, but not required: Arabic, French, or Spanish;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Attention to detail, you’re able to scope out errors and willing to fix mistakes;
  • Time management, you have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;
  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information;
  • Innovative thinking, a willingness to voice opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential;
  • Teamwork, you are able to build positive relationships with your colleagues and are willing to help others;
  • Inclusive, you’re excited to work with colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.

Availability and Compensation:

  • This part-time internship will commence as early as September 6, 2021 and end by November 12, 2021 with a commitment of approx. 15-20 hours per week.
  • Interns will receive a $500 monthly stipend.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your resume, cover letter, brief writing sample, and list of 3 professional references to intern@rfkhumanrights.org with “Your Name + Fall 2021 Legal Internship” in the subject line heading. (Ex: Jane Doe + Fall 2021 Legal Internship)
  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role and why you’re interested in this position.
  • Successful writing samples will consist of a legal brief on international human rights law and standards.

Please note, due to the high volume of applications received, RFK Human Rights will follow up with qualified candidates directly in regards to the interview process. No phone calls please.

You are welcome here…

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.