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Global Trade Watch – Legal Research Internship

General Description: The legal research intern will provide invaluable support to the research team by providing substantive investigation concerning international economic law matters. Particularly, the legal research intern will be reading and analyzing arbitral awards issued under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) and legal reports crafted by the adjudicating bodies of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The legal research intern will also attend Congressional hearings, think tank briefings, and other events and report back to GTW. All interns are expected to do some administrative support work, but the legal research intern will be especially focus on two projects related to updating reports on international trade issues.
Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have had experience conducting in-depth legal research, including legal database research, broad-based internet searches and experience drafting case briefs and topic summaries. Excellent writing skills and proficiency in Word and Excel needed. Previous experience and understanding of international trade law and/or international investment arbitration is preferred but not required.
Capabilities: We are seeking candidates who are well organized, creative, willing to learn, detail-oriented and not afraid to ask questions or present ideas. The research intern should be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Since the research intern may be starting the initial research for future projects, they will need to be comfortable discussing new ideas with the research team.
Conditions: The office is located on the third floor and requires walking two flights of stairs and several blocks to and from congressional offices. GTW is a smoke-free workplace.
Expectations: We expect that interns be able to work a minimum of 10-15 hours a week. Our internships generally follow the academic calendar (beginning and ending with each semester,) but there is some flexibility within that. We request at least an 8-week commitment, though interns may request to remain longer than one semester.
Compensation: The legal research intern position is unpaid. Academic credit can be arranged.
How to Apply: We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please send your resume, cover letter (include specific areas of interest in trade policy or international investment), availability, and a brief writing sample to sstevens@citizen.org.
People of color, women and LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.


Public Citizen internships are available year round. Our internships are up to 40 hours a week for around eight weeks.  **We accept unpaid internship applications on a rolling basis and currently are accepting applications for paid internships for Winter 2024.**

Public Citizen offers unpaid internships (credit can be arranged) and a small number of paid internships ($17 an hour).  To be considered for a paid internship for Winter 2024, candidates must apply by November 17, 2023, and submit materials listed below.  Chosen applicants will be notified by Monday, December 11, 2023.

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Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. For 40 years, we have proudly championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch agencies and the courts, ensuring that all Americans are represented in the halls of power and that our government works for us.

Global Trade Watch is a division of Public Citizen founded in 1995 to promote government and corporate accountability in the globalization and trade arena. At the forefront of national and international globalization struggles, GTW is one of the few progressive organizations focused full-time on these issues.