April 01, 2019

International Rule of Law Diversity Internship

Notice: The application deadline was 03/05/2018. We are no longer accepting applications. 

ABA ROLI is delighted with the overwhelming response to our call for applications for the Rule of Law Diversity Internship, sponsored by the Jones Day Foundation. We are aware that applicants are anxious to receive information and will be informing them of their status on March 12, 2018.

About the Program


Advancing the rule of law abroad remains a critical element of U.S. foreign policy and development assistance, and is a key goal of the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) has been promoting justice, economic opportunity, and human dignity through the rule of law for almost 30 years around the world. ABA ROLI has programs in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa, working to strengthen governance and the justice sector, improve human rights and access to justice, mitigate conflict, and ensure inclusive and sustainable development.

Consistent with the ABA’s Goal III, which seeks to eliminate bias and enhance diversity, ABA ROLI is launching the Rule of Law Diversity Internship (ROLDI) program and is recruiting for the initial class for the summer of 2018. ROLDI is an initiative to diversify the workforce engaged in the promotion of the rule of law abroad by offering summer internships to students who are: from historically under represented populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQI individuals, and persons with disabilities; and are geographically removed from Washington, DC and do not have the connections, means or other resources to obtain an internship.

With the generous support of the Jones Day Foundation, ABA ROLI will cover certain expenses for interns, including travel to/from the Washington, DC area, housing, and commuting to/from the office. The Jones Day Interns will have an opportunity to work on a variety of rule of law programs, including current programs in one or more regions, research and evaluation, and outreach and communications. They will also have the opportunity to attend events and activities in the foreign affairs, international development, and legal communities, including visits to the Congress, Supreme Court, Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Program Eligibility: While open to all students who will have completed their third year of undergraduate studies, priority will be given to law students currently enrolled at an accredited law school and students who have been accepted to enroll at an accredited law school.

Program Duration:
Late May - Early August, 2018 (interns will commit to 9 weeks)

Program Application Deadline:
March 5, 2018

Contact Information:
If you have any questions, please e-mail diversity-internship@abaroli.org