Employment Opportunities


Rule of Law Index Summer 2015 Internships (Paid)

Mission: The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, non-profit organization working to advance the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity. The WJP’s multinational, multidisciplinary efforts are dedicated to developing practical programs in support of the rule of law around the world. Our work is based on two complementary premises: the rule of law is the foundation for communities of opportunity and equity, and multidisciplinary collaboration is the most effective way to advance the rule of law. Our work consists of three complementary and mutually reinforcing program areas: Research and Scholarship, the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index®, and mainstreaming practical on-the-ground programs to extend the rule of law. Please see our website () for detailed descriptions of our main programs.

Founded by William H. Neukom in 2006 as a presidential initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA), and with the initial support of 21 other global sponsoring organizations, The World Justice Project transitioned into an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2010. Its offices are located in Washington, DC, and Seattle, WA.

Position: The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index is seeking several full-time paid interns at the WJP’s office in Washington DC for the summer 2015, beginning in June 2015 through August 2015. Possible opportunity to earn college/graduate credit in lieu of financial compensation for current undergraduate/graduate students.

Responsibilities: As part of a small team, the interns will provide crucial support to WJP staff in the overall development of various reports and research projects. Interns will assist in researching and identifying potential expert respondents in over 100 countries, will help with preparation and data collection for the Rule of Law Index 2015-2016 report, and will assist with the production of numerous other, country-specific reports. Among these projects, interns will specifically have the opportunity to work on a research project that examines the justice sector in Afghanistan, and will participate in the development and planning of a survey instrument to examine the accessibility, efficiency, impartiality, and cultural competency of the justice system within the country. The main responsibilities of this internship include, but are not limited to:

Perform data processing, database maintenance and developmental support in maintaining the database of experts for the WJP expert surveys (QRQ); including basic data entry and data formatting;

>Conduct research for identifying potential practitioner and academic legal experts to participate in the expert survey;

Provide support for administration of the upcoming QRQ Index survey study, including outreach to potential questionnaire respondents to increase response rates, cataloguing completed questionnaires for data analysis, and facilitating external communications with contributing legal experts;

Evaluating and contracting survey organizations to conduct in-country fieldwork around the world;

Overseeing and directing fieldwork conducted by survey organizations;

Cleaning and merging datasets in Stata;

Analyzing survey data for the 2015 Index report;

Checking data received for expert surveys, and cataloguing completed expert questionnaires for data analysis;

Assist with preparations for meeting and presentations, including producing drafts of power point presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution;

Conduct research as needed for long-term projects; provide general administrative support, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; internet research; editing and proofreading documents; assisting with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings; mass mailings; and other office and logistical support duties.


Intern Qualifications: This internship is open to undergraduates and graduate students with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, as well as recent graduates with excellent attention to detail and superior research skills. Applicants with international experience and foreign language skills, especially French, Spanish, Russian, and/or Arabic proficiency, are preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience working with Stata statistical software, and will have completed coursework in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or pre-law.

Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with a strong academic track record and an enthusiastic interest in the rule of law. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications: superior research skills, sound analytical skills, and excellent attention to detail; the ability to manage large databases; strong skills in Microsoft Excel and Stata; strong writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills; the ability to communicate in a professional manner both in writing and over the phone; experience working in a fast-paced environment; the ability to work independently as well as in group settings, the ability to manage his or her own workload, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure. Candidates should also be committed to the WJP’s mission and principles (www.worldjusticeproject.org).

How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Please email a cover letter, resume, a writing sample not exceeding 5 pages, and reference information (1-3 reference contact information, past supervisors and employers preferred) to ruleoflawindex@worldjusticeproject.org with subject line “LAST NAME FIRST NAME ROL INDEX SUMMER 2015 INTERNSHIP”. Please send all application documents at once. This position will remain open until filled. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please.