Intern with JAI and join the fight for a peaceful, sustainable, democratic future.
Law students and attorneys can intern with Just Atonement Inc. in their spring or fall semesters, and during the summer internship period.
Interning with JAI provides unique opportunities to explore international human rights law, work on cutting edge human rights issues, and participate in the United Nations system, both in the United States and internationally.
Interns can expect to learn the following legal topics as well as practical skills:
Basic and complex topics of international law, including frontier legal topics
The legality of warmaking (jus ad bellum) as well as rules pertaining to conduct during war (jus in bello)
The international legal framework regarding climate change
Current threats to democracy
How to produce sophisticated legal research in a short time table for a legal and non-legal audience
How to commence human rights litigation in national and international fora
Summer 2019 - Summer 2019 interns can spend the summer in New York City for a full time internship. Access to the United Nations in New York will be provided. Interns will have the opportunity to attend the High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development Goals held in July 2019.
Fall 2019 - Spring 2019 interns will have a possibility of learning about international human rights within the context of climate change and issues of war and peace. Interns will also be given the opportunity to attend the Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland.
All interns are automatically assigned the rank of Companion.
What interns say
“Working at Just Atonement was one of the most fruitful experiences of my law school career, especially as a student passionate about international human rights law. The access and insight provided by the organization to students is unparalleled. During my time at the Just Atonement New York Office, I was fortunate enough to be involved in groundbreaking war and peace and climate litigation, including the historic climate case of Juliana v. United States. I was also honoured to attend the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, as part of the Just Atonement team participating and submitting statements to the Council. During the Session, I participated and spoke in a panel discussion with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967. Just Atonement is truly spearheading the fight for a more peaceful, sustainable world. Working with the organization has inspired me to pursue a career in international law and instilled me with the belief that a better world is possible. I look forward to continually assisting their noble work and our paths crossing again!”
— Final Year LLB, University of Pretoria Faculty of Law
“Working at Just Atonement Inc. was an extremely rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to research areas of law that I am passionate about. Through this experience I exercised my creativity to think about how our legal research could be used to assist future litigation for international crimes. I was fortunate to collaborate with and partake in enriching discussions with other interns surrounding current human rights issues.”
— 3L, University of Glasgow School of Law
“I really enjoyed my experience interning at Just Atonement. I was given a lot of responsibility on my summer-long project and was treated like a senior associate, rather than just an intern. A great experience overall with a great mentor, access to the UN, and weekly seminars.”
— 1L, Columbia Law School
“Just Atonement offered me the invaluable experience of really spearheading my own research and writing projects, guiding me through the world of international and human rights law in a practical and engaging way. Working with Inder was a pleasure and inspired me to continue pursuing human rights legal work in my career--I look forward to our paths continuing to cross!”
— 1L, CUNY School of Law
“This internship opportunity allowed me to broaden my knowledge on international law, especially pertaining to climate change, and contribute to the field in meaningful ways.”
- Masters Student in International Affairs, Columbia University
"Working at Just Atonement was one of the best experiences I could have asked for as a 1L and 2L, especially as a law student interested in international human rights law. I was able to strengthen my litigation skills, through working on the groundbreaking Saleh v. Bush, et al. case. I was also given the very rare opportunity to bolster my international law research and writing skills by writing, editing, and having published a 120-page practice guide on the use of universal jurisdiction, as well as submitting and having published by the United Nations Human Rights Council two written statements entitled Iraq: Towards Accountability and Justice and Crime of Aggression Against Iraq and Governmental Immunity Versus Impunity Under International Law. Lastly, I was able to work as an activist by writing an opinion letter to the Republic of Korea, requesting that the South Korean government release Lee Seok-ki and six other individuals imprisoned on alleged criminal acts related to a speech given by Lee in 2013, because their conviction and imprisonment violated ICCPR provisions of rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech and opinion. Because of these amazing opportunities and the guidance from Mr. Inder Comar, a world-renown international human rights lawyer, I was able to secure a two-year fellowship with Lawyers for America at Center for Food Safety as a 2L. The lasting relationships I made and the amazing work experience I was given provided me with a professional foundation any young, inspiring lawyer could only dream of experiencing so early on in one’s career.”
— Victoria Yundt, 2016-2017 Just Atonement Inc. intern