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- National Security Legal Intern – Fall 2019 , USA

National Security Legal Intern – Fall 2019  
Human Rights First

The role of the Legal Intern will be to support the work of Human Rights First’s National Security Team. The Legal Intern will report to the International Legal Counsel, National Security. They will also work closely with the Advocacy Counsel in the areas of torture, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the use of war powers to counter terrorism, compliance with the law of armed conflict, the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, and the targeted killing/drone strike program. The Legal Intern will also work with other members of the National Security Team to advance program goals and strategic objectives.

    Legal, policy, and factual research on issues related to national security policy;
    Monitor and attend congressional hearings, markups and floor debates;
    Research legislation, legislative history, legislators’ backgrounds and voting records;
    Assist staff with written and oral correspondence with partner NGOs and government offices;
    Represent Human Rights First at various NGO-government liaison meetings and take detailed notes for Human Rights First staff, as needed;
    Provide research and administrative support for and participate in weekly national security related meetings, chaired by Human Rights First;
    Draft blog posts; contribute to Twitter account; and
    Administrative and other tasks as needed.


    Current law student (JD or LLM) or recent law graduate; 
    Excellent research, analytical, and communication skills;
    Demonstrated commitment to and informed knowledge of human rights and/or national security issues; 
    Excellent project management skills, capacity to take initiative, to finish assignments under pressure and to work collegially with others; and 
    Sense of humor.

EDUCATION: Currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited U.S. law school.
START DATE:  September 4th, 2019
TIME COMMITMENT: 15 hours per week minimum. Internship will run until December 6th, 2019.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 16th, 2019.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:Please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample (no longer than 5 pages), and names and contact details for two references.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers

Job posted on 15th February 2019
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