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Summer Internships Abroad

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international summer firm internship (ISFI) Program

The Michigan Law International Summer Firm Internship (ISFI) program offers students the opportunity to work with local law firms around the world during the summer following their 1L or 2L year. Through this program, students obtain valuable work experience, gain a better understanding of foreign legal practice, and derive the benefits of cultural immersion.

How to Apply

Edward Mears, 3L, in Chile during summer 2015.

Applications for all participating firms can be made through Symplicity. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 15, 2020*.

International Summer Firm Internship Partners      

The International Summer Firm Internship program is a collaboration between the Office of Career Planning, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and the Center for International and Comparative Law. For more information, please email Assistant Dean for International Affairs Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis at​.

Public International Law Summer Internships

Michigan Law provides various opportunities for non-credit international experience, in internships with NGOs in Cambodia and Namibia, with leading refugee law agencies around the world, and with the AIRE Centre, a human rights organization in London.

International law commission

The International Law Commission, an arm of the United Nations, is based in Geneva, Switzerland and comprised of approximately three dozen experts in international law from the world over, often from the fields of academia or diplomacy. Its purpose is to promote the progressive development of international law and its codification. The Commission holds its annual sessions for twelve weeks during the summer months, typically late April to early August with a two-three week break in mid June and early July, after which it makes recommendations to the UN General Assembly. Students seriously interested in a public international law career have the opportunity to work with and assist ILC Members for the duration of the summer session (once the Winter academic semester has ended). Applications are due via Symplicity no later than January 20, 2020.

Program in Refugee and Asylum Law

Established in 1998 by Professor James C. Hathaway, the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law offers the world's most comprehensive curriculum in this field. It provides for in-depth study of international and comparative refugee law, and for direct engagement with the process of international refugee law reform. The curriculum includes classes, a series of advanced seminars, an advanced refugee advocacy workshop, and a biennial Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law, which brings leading scholars to the Law School to collaborate with student researchers. Top students in the program are awarded a Michigan Fellowship in Refugee and Asylum Law, which provides funding for a summer internship at one of the program's partner institutions (Amnesty International, London; Human Rights Watch, New York; Jesuit Refugee Service, Lilongwe, Malawi; and the New Zealand Refugee Status Appeals Authority, Auckland). Interested students should contact Prof. James Hathaway at

Program for INTERNATIONAL Law and Development

The Program for International Law and Development provides financial and logistics support to students interested in public service internships in a developing country: either Cambodia or Namibia. Recent placements in Cambodia include the UN Human Rights Center in Phnom Penh, Legal Aid of Cambodia, Cambodian Defenders Project, Cambodian Association for Human Rights, Cambodian Women's Crisis Center, and the Ministry of Commerce. For more information on the Cambodia program or to inquire about placement possibilities, contact Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis at

In Namibia, internships are offered at the Law Reform and Development Commission as well as the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) of Namibia. The LAC offers separate internships on two different projects: 1) the Gender Research and Advocacy Project and 2) the Land, Environment and Development (Lead) Project. 

AIRE Centre

Established in 1993 and located in London, the AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre provides students with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience litigating before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Centre focuses on all aspects of individual rights in Europe under international law, particularly immigration and asylum law, related social assistance issues, family law, trafficking and domestic violence, and children’s rights. The Centre hosts interns from Michigan, Georgetown and Columbia law schools as well as from across Europe. Non-credit summer internships and externships for academic credit are available in the summer, fall and winter terms. This year's instructions to apply will be updated by mid-November and the final application will be due via Symplicity by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. (Only dates and submission method are expected to change from 2019.)

The Fourth Regional Rule of Law Forum in
Albania, hosted by the AIRE Centre in 2017.