Careers At CIEL

CIEL is seeking an experienced legal advocate and policy analyst to become CIEL’s next attorney for its Environmental Health Program (EH). This is a great opportunity for an experienced professional and energetic individual passionate about cutting edge international legal work advocating for a toxic free future.

CIEL is seeking a skilled advocacy expert and campaigner as the next Program Associate for its People, Land & Resources Program (PLR). This is a great opportunity for an energetic individual with knowledge of current human rights issues and environmental challenges who is experienced in mobilizing local and international campaigns to accompany, support and defend communities and the environment worldwide.

CIEL seeks a seasoned leader, manager and legal campaigner to become CIEL’s next Climate & Energy Program Director. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional and proven legal strategist to lead a dynamic team of attorneys and experts working at the cutting edge of international legal advocacy on climate change.

Legal Internships

CIEL is deeply committed to developing the next generation of legal professionals. CIEL offers internships to current law students and fellowships to recent law school graduates and members of the Bar who wish to develop or increase their knowledge of the practice of public interest, international environmental law. Over its 25 years, CIEL has trained more than 400 interns from around the world, providing an important educational opportunity for lawyers in training. CIEL’s Legal Intern Program trains new lawyers and law students by giving them the opportunity to work on cutting-edge international environmental issues in Washington and Geneva alongside and under the mentorship of CIEL’s experienced staff attorneys.

Externs work full or part-time during the school year, usually receiving credit from their schools. Summer interns typically work full-time during the summer months. Fellows serve full-time for varied terms. Due to limited resources, internships, externships, and fellowships are unpaid. We do not consider undergraduates for legal internships.

Responsibilities of an intern or fellow include researching and writing about areas of international law and policy; assisting with policy analysis and advocacy; attending meetings and conferences; assisting with the production of CIEL publications; and otherwise working closely with CIEL staff on various projects.

Successful applicants generally possess excellent research and writing skills and a strong dedication to public interest law. CIEL actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds.

To apply for internships or fellowships in Washington, D.C., send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not legal memo from 1L writing class) to info@ciel.org. We require our interns to have experience or a class in international law, so please include this information in your application materials.  No calls please.

Note that CIEL does not sponsor interns for visas of any kind. You must have authorization to work in the U.S. in order to apply for these positions.

Additional Internships:

  • CIEL offers an Environmental Communications Internship for undergraduate students, graduate students, and graduates to help dramatically increase the role of communications in advancing CIEL’s mission, supporting program objectives and growing its audience.
  • CIEL is also currently offering a human rights and development finance internship that involves monitoring an early warning system.
  • The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is seeking qualified individuals for advocacy, communications, and translation opportunities in human rights and development finance.

Fellowships

In addition to its normal internships, CIEL offers one special fellowship each year, the Louis B. Sohn Fellowship in Human Rights and Environment, for public interest lawyers that have had significant on the ground experience working on human rights issues.

Please note that all internships and most fellowships are unpaid.

If your school offers funded fellowships for recent graduates, and you are interested in exploring CIEL as a host organization for the fellowship, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a detailed description of the fellowship opportunity.

 

“I learned as much at CIEL in one summer as I did in an entire semester of law school!  The projects were enriching and varied, and I really discovered the role that NGOs and civil society play in the political and legal process.”

Paula Kweskin, Summer 2009, Legal Researcher, NGO Monitor (Jerusalem, Israel)