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U.S. Diplomatic Mission to the United Nations in Geneva: Legal Office

The Mission's role is to represent the U.S. government in Geneva with the United Nations and other international agencies in Geneva, as well as with the more than 100 countries that also maintain permanent missions to the UN in Geneva. 

Nature of the Extern's Work and Supervision
The U.S. Mission Legal Office expects externs to prepare written legal research and analysis on a variety of international and U.S. law subjects, including human rights, armed conflict, refugees, intellectual property, labor, privileges and immunities, and the war on terror. In principle, legal issues may come up related to any of the more than 50 international organizations represented in Geneva which address a wide array of economic, scientific, environmental, and humanitarian matters. The U.S. Mission tries to expose interns to a variety of topics and assignments and involve them in the different aspects of multilateral negotiations, with the goal of providing a solid basis for them to understand the role of international law and diplomacy in international affairs.

important information for Students
The U.S. Mission will consider up to one student, with a preference for a 3L student. A course in international human rights law is required.

The externship of the student selected by the U.S. Mission will be dependent upon his or her receiving a security clearance from the U.S. Department of State, and will require the student to apply through the centralized U.S. State Department Internship Application process once selected by the University of Michigan selection panel, and given preliminary approval by the U.S. Mission Legal Office. The formal offer of an internship will not be made until after this entire process is completed, and the student may not receive this final offer until just before departure for the program. It is imperative that the student start this process immediately upon selection by the U.S. Mission.

To learn more about the U.S. Diplomatic Mission, please visit its website.