Mission: The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.
The World Justice Project engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law. Through Research and Scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index, and Engagement, WJP seeks to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical, on-the-ground programs that enhance and extend the rule of law.
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 strategic partners, the World Justice Project transitioned into an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2009. Its offices are located in Washington, DC, and Seattle, WA, USA.
WJP’s Engagement team is seeking an intern to be based at WJP’s office in Washington DC, beginning in April/May, for a minimum of three months. This is a 20-30 hour per week position, supervised by the Chief Engagement Officer.
The position will be focused on research to enhance the organization’s global network of rule of law organizations and practitioners. This research will significantly contribute to WJP’s social media platforms, serving regular citizens around the world searching online for rule of law resources in their communities. The geographical focus areas for research through this position are Sub-Saharan Africa; Latin America; and South Asia.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILTIES
- Research and identify key change agents (organizations and individuals) from within WJP’s global network and through new research and outreach, and enter new contacts into WJP database (65%);
- Prioritize and organize research outputs for placement within WJP’s social media platforms (15%);
- Conduct research on topics and invitees for future WJP events (10%);
- Update and clean existing Engagement contacts in WJP database (5%);
- Provide general administrative support and other office and logistical support duties as needed (5%).
This internship is open to undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates, with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Candidates should be committed to the WJP’s mission and principles (see www.worldjusticeproject.org). Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with the ability to work independently as well as in group settings, manage their own workload, and be able to prioritize tasks and work under deadline pressure. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications:
- Bachelors or Master’s degree, or currently pursuing a graduate degree;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability to manage large databases;
- Superior research, writing, oral communication skills;
- Intellectual curiosity about social networks and connectivity/conductivity;
- Cultural immersion experiences outside of the U.S. (could include long-term travel, work, or residency);
- Minimum of one year’s professional work experience in the setting of a non-profit, government, legal, or international institution;
- Excellent attention to detail;
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks;
- Understanding of and interest in rule of law issues;
- E-mail marketing experience a plus;
- English fluency is required, but preference will be given to candidates with additional language skills (particularly Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Russian and Spanish);
- Cultural or work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, or South Asia is essential, and preference will be given to candidates with experience related to rule of law institutions in those regions.
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 [email protected] with subject line “[Last Name], [First Name] Engagement Internship Summer 2016.”. Please send all application documents at once, preferably in PDF format. 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.