FUNCTION: Legal Intern Spring 2019
DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL)
DIRECT SUPERIOR: Legal Advisor and Head of Department
Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE: The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team.

Minimum required knowledge & experience:
 Basic knowledge of international law, international institutions, IHL, and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
 Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French and/or Spanish.
 Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
 Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (student work permits are excluded)


Main Responsibilities
Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.

1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, migration, and other related topics.

2. Monitoring and Analysis of International and Domestic Legal Developments Regular monitoring and analysis of relevant international and domestic case law, legislation, legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research and writing, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team.

3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs, reports, and journal articles. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the Legal Advisor and Head of Department. She or he is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks between January and May. Starting and ending date are negotiable. This is a paid internship. For information about the position, please contact Tracey Begley at To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Diana Rademaker at Applications are due November 1, 2018.