Job Description
Job Title Legal Intern, National Security Campaign (DC)
Job ID 801341
Begin Date 5/23/14
Location Washington, DC,  20002-5625
Other Location
Human Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world. Human Rights First has a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. We focus our efforts not on making a point, but on making a difference. We know from experience that human rights progress is more durable when diverse partners work together to bring about change, so we build strategic, non-partisan alliances to support our objectives. We pride ourselves on this practical, inclusive approach. It works.
Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.
The Legal Intern will support the legal and policy work of Human Rights First’s National Security Campaign, particularly in the areas of counter-terrorism strategy, the repeal of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), and Law of Armed Conflict. The Legal Intern will work closely with the team to advance program goals and strategic objectives.
Human Rights First is committed to bringing an end to the 2001 AUMF or any revision that would expand its mandate. We advocate for a robust counter-terrorism strategy that does not rely on the kinetic option inherent in maintaining a war-footing, instead bringing into balance the kinetic and non-kinetic options available in a whole-of-government approach to counter-terrorism.
  • 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
  • Administrative and other tasks as needed
EDUCATION: Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited law school.
START DATE: September 2, 2014
TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 15 hours per week.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  July 15, 2014. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Preference given to early applications.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application at:
You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume – please include any languages spoken
  • Cover letter – addressed to Patrick Hanley. Please include how you heard about this internship position and your anticipated start date and availability.
  • Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)
Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.
Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in Houston, New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
Required Skills • 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
• Sense of humor
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