Summer Internships

A competitive selection process ensures each internship and externship position is awarded to an exceptional law student. Funding may be available. Note that Spanish language proficiency is required for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. If you are interested in applying to any of the internships, please send your resume, a one-page statement of interest, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to by noon, Wednesday, February 26. Please indicate the internship you wish to apply on the subject line of your email to Ms. Ohno.


The School of Law offers dedicated placements with outstanding organizations worldwide, including:

Summer Internship in Cambodia

Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Since 2003, the School of Law has a dedicated space for a Seattle U Law student to intern at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, DC-Cam. Created in 1995 by a group of scholars at Yale University, DC-Cam is an independent Cambodian NGO dedicated to ensuring memory and justice in Cambodia with respect to the abuses of the infamous Democratic Kampuchea (DK) regime. In part as a result of their work, the United Nations and Government of Cambodia have created the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to prosecute certain former DK officials. With financial support from Congress, the DC-Cam continues to play a crucial role in the proceedings, acting as a resource for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the general public.

Every year, each summer associate is tasked to prepare an independent article related to the tribunal proceedings and the quest for justice and reconciliation in Cambodia. An article written by a Seattle U intern was published in DC-Cam's "Truth Magazine." View reports written by interns from the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 programs.

Summer Internship in Costa Rica

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

San Jose, Costa Rica

In 2010, a summer internship with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights has been established.  The Inter-American Court is the highest human rights tribunal in the hemisphere, with jurisdiction over states from Argentina to Venezuela; a total of 21 nations.

Distinguished law students from throughout the Americas and Europe participate in the Court's internship program.  Interns are assigned to the Court's legal department. The work consists of:

  1. Researching international human rights case law, principles and novel issues;
  2. Monitoring case developments; and
  3. Drafting memoranda, court orders, and sections of judgments.

In addition, interns frequently provide logistical and administrative assistance. Please visit the Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos website for more information.

This internship comes with a $5,000 stipend.

Requirements for application are:

  • Spanish and/or Portuguese proficiency - at minimum, speaking and reading
  • Three-month summer commitment

View brief reports from 2012, 20142015, and 2018 summer interns.

Summer Internship in Kenya

There are two placements in Kenya that may be available for interns from Seattle University School of Law. For more information on both placements, and in Kenya generally, you may contact Professor Slye at Applications to the internships are due noon, Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Kenya Human Rights Commission

Nairobi, Kenya

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is an independent non-governmental organization that campaigns for human rights and a democratic Kenya through monitoring, documenting and publicizing rights violations. The KHRC is also linked to a network of 27 other human rights organizations throughout Kenya. KHRC was on the forefront of the struggle for democracy in the 1990s and continues to use a variety of legal and advocacy tools to further human rights and democracy. Visit the website for additional information

The International Commission of Jurists - Kenya Section

Nairobi, Kenya

The International Commission of Jurists is an autonomous non-profit membership organization of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists. ICJ-Kenya draws its members from the Kenyan Bar and Bench. ICJ-Kenya focuses on four programmatic areas: Access to Justice; Democratization; Human Rights Protection; and International Cooperation. It was a crucial factor in the passage of the new Constitution in Kenya (2010), and is also at the forefront of efforts to implement the Constitution, including undertaking impact litigation to further human rights.

Read the comprehensive reports from past ICJ interns - from 2013,  20152018, and 2019.


The Externship Program has international positions available in the summer and during the academic year, including exciting opportunities with The Hague and Geneva. Students can search the Externship Site Database by geographic area to see all our approved international externships.