Employment Opportunities


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 (www.worldjusticeproject.org) 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 a full-time paid intern at the WJP’s office in Washington DC for the Spring of 2015, beginning in February 2015 through May 2015. Possible opportunity to earn college/graduate credit for current undergraduate/graduate students.


Responsibilities: As part of a small team, the Rule of Law Index intern will provide crucial support to the Rule of Law Index staff in the overall development of research and reports, including the WJP Rule of Law Index 2014-2015 report. Specifically, the intern will work closely with the Program Manager to conduct research for various projects, and will also assist the Index team with final stages of data collection and editing for the Index 2014-2015 report.


The main responsibilities of this internship include, but are not limited to:

* Conduct research as needed for long-term projects.

* Facilitating external communications with the legal experts who are invited to take the WJP Index expert surveys, and conducting outreach (i.e. email correspondence, phone calls, etc.)

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

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

* Serve as resource for mass mailings and mass mailing system.

* Copy editing and fact checking for sections to be included in the Index 2014-2015 report.

* 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; 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, and/or Arabic proficiency, are preferred. The ideal candidate 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. Candidates should also be committed to the WJP’s mission and principles (www.worldjusticeproject.org).


Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with the ability to work independently as well as in group settings, manage his or her own workload, and be able to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure. The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and qualifications: Superior research skills, sound analytical skills, and excellent attention to detail; ability to manage large databases; strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel; strong writing, oral communications, and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate in a professional manner both in writing and over the phone; experience working in a fast-paced environment; ability to work independently as well as in group settings, manage his or her own workload, and be able to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure. International experience, fluency in languages in addition to English and understanding of rule of law issues a plus.


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 SPRING 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.