Resources for Summer International Work

The following is a brief overview of the resources available at various HLS offices, programs, and organizations for students interested in international work:

Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA): OPIA provides a wide range of summer public interest job search resources, including individual student advising with OPIA advisors or the OPIA student international advisor, the OPIA job search database (which includes student evaluations of their summer work experiences), the “Who Worked Where” List (for the past 10 years), resume and cover letter review, etc.

Faculty Members: HLS faculty members can also serve as helpful resources in finding summer work opportunities. Staff at OPIA, ILS and HRP can assist students in identifying faculty members whose research interests might align with the student’s interests.

Human Rights Program (HRP): HRP is the primary source of information for Summer Fellowships for Human Rights Internships. HRP student fellowship advisors are available for individual consulting (see previous link for contact information), and summer placement evaluations from previous years are available in binders in the HRP office (Pound Hall, Room 401).

International Legal Studies (ILS): ILS is the primary source of information for the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship, providing information on all aspects of the program (application process, requirements, placement organizations, etc.), student advising with ILS staff, contact information for past Chayes Fellows, Chayes program-specific student evaluations, travel safety resources and requirements, etc.

JD Student Financial Services Office: The JD Student Financial Services Office is the primary source of information for Summer Public Interest Funding (SPIF). Information about the SPIF application process and requirements is available on the SPIF website.

Office of Career Services (OCS): OCS provides information and advising for students interested in international private sector summer opportunities (e.g., working at law firms abroad).

Research Programs and Centers: HLS is home to a wide range of research programs and centers, many of which engage in international work and can serve as resources.

Student Organizations: Student organizations can be a helpful source of information in the summer job search process, particularly in connecting 1Ls (and others interested in international summer work) with student members who have engaged in international work.

Last modified: March 02, 2012

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