International Job Resources
Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
Weekly listing of gender-related vacancies; often includes human rights jobs.
Designed to facilitate communication among development professionals (legal and non-legal).
International development jobs
Job listings in the development field, including many related to human rights.
Jobs in Europe, many related to the legal field and/or human rights.
Foreign Policy Association
Weekly jobs newsletter.
Search engine for international jobs at NGOs, think tanks, federal agencies, and within the private sector.
Human Rights Job Search Blog
Blog listing websites to search for human rights work in Canada and beyond.
Human Rights Jobs
Some jobs open to all, others are for members only.
Comprehensive listing of public service positions, both legal and non-legal, in over 140 countries. This is an especially good site for post-graduate job listings. Searchable by subject matter, country, type of position, and other categories.
Search the term “international law” to find general postings for related jobs in the United States.
Job listings may be non-legal, but good for people interested in development or micro-finance.
Pambazuka News (Africa focused)
Several field positions for mostly humanitarian and some human rights jobs.
Yale Law School Schell Center for International Human Rights
Sign up for their newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
INFORMATION ON FUNDING INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC INTEREST WORK
A wealth of information on funding agencies and foundations, including application details, program priorities and past funding. Excellent databases available free in their libraries in several cities including New York (see website for locations), and online for subscribers.
United Nations Internship Programme
Country by country links of potential resources for interning at the UN.
Human Rights Funders Network
Information on foundations that support human rights group, and a searchable database.
INTERNATIONAL JOBS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
(Click on Job Postings, then Law Student Jobs Online, then Federal Careers for Attorneys).
Offices with high concentration of international work:
Export-Import Bank of the United States
General Counsel’s office hires very small number of law students for summer internships.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian Honors Program
The office hires a small number of law graduates each year for its Civilian Honors Law Graduate Program.
U.S. Department of Justice
The DOJ offers several opportunities for entry-level and experienced attorneys, as well as a legal internship program. Students with international interests should consider the following DOJ constituent groups: Antitrust, Civil, Criminal, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), Office of lntemational Affairs and the Office of lntelligence Policy and Review.
U.S. Department of State
This webpage outlines the steps to becoming a Foreign Service officer.
U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Advisor
The Office of the Legal Adviser furnishes advice on all legal issues, domestic and international, arising in the course of the Department’s work. The office also coordinates U.S. government recruitment efforts for the UN, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development, Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, Organization of American States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Offices with more limited involvement with international work:
Securities and Exchange Commission Office of International Affairs
Office of lnternational Affairs investigates enforcement problems, promotes cooperation among international bodies, and works on treaties. They offer programs for current students, recent graduates, entry-level attorneys and experienced attorneys.
U.S. Department of Transportation Honors Attorney Program
The Office of General Counsel has a small Office of lnternational Law. The Honors Attorney Program is offered every two years for graduating law students. Coordinates U.S. recruitment efforts for the Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The Office of General Counsel hires graduates for its Legal Honors Program, with the possibility of assignment to handle legal issues for the Office of International Affairs which promotes economic growth and stability.
International Criminal Court
Preference to citizens of States parties.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere. It is composed of seven independent members who serve in a personal capacity. Created by the OAS in 1959, the Commission has its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Together with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“the Court” or “the I/A Court H.R.), installed in 1979, the Commission is one of the institutions within the inter-American system for the protection of human rights (“IAHRS”). They offer internships, fellowships, courses and full-time employment.
JPO programs open junior professional positions with UN agencies to nationals of specified countries. Certain governments sponsor JPO positions for their nationals, and some sponsor positions for nationals of developing nations. JPO programs for US citizens are listed at their website.
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. This organization offers contracted positions, fixed-term positions, and consultants.
This is the contractor paid by the US State Department to select US citizens for seconded jobs with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The South Centre in Geneva
The South Centre is an intergovernmental policy research think-tank composed of and accountable to developing country Member States. It conducts policy-oriented research on key policy development issues, and supports developing countries to effectively participate in international negotiating processes that are relevant to the achievement of SDGs. The Centre promotes the unity of the South in such processes while recognizing the diversity of national interests and priorities.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Information on external vacancies and international professional roster
SELECTED U.S. BASED INTERNATIONAL NGOS