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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

Samantha Franks, JD ’21, visiting Budapest during her summer with Mikijelj Janković, & Bogdanović in Belgrade, Serbia.

Applications for all participating firms can be made through Symplicity. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 31, 2021*.

Recent 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​.

*Some firms may agree to an alternate timeline. You can find all ISFI opportunities and their deadlines by searching under the Employer name "UMLS International Summer Firm Internship Program" in Symplicity.

The ISFI program does not use rolling deadlines -- all applications received by the stated deadline will be bundled and forwarded to the corresponding firms, whose internal human resources procedures will vary. Firms have been asked to make offers by mid-March, and will likely seek to interview applicants by mid-February.

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). Only students who will have completed International Law or transnational law coursework by the start of the work session will be considered.   Applications are due via Symplicity no later than February 7, 2021. The JOB ID is #26583.

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 Ministry of Justice 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. 
An information session pertaining to Namibian opportunities was conducted and recorded on February 1, 2021. Authenticated users are able to view it here.
Apply here via online form by February 7, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST.

AIRE Centre

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

Established in 1993 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. Summer internships are also available for AIRE Centre Ireland, opened in 2020. All are virtual for the being. Applications will be due via Symplicity under Job IDs #26809(UK) and #26810(Ireland). The deadline is February 25, 2021 (11:59 pm) for each.