The American Bar Association’s (ABA) International Criminal Court (ICC) Project offers internships throughout the year to qualified individuals from anywhere in the world who have demonstrated an interest in the promotion of international criminal justice. Interns with the ICC Project undertake a wide variety of different work assignments, such as helping organizing advocacy events in Washington, D.C. and around the world, conducting research for material to be published on our websites, drafting memoranda on interesting issues in international criminal justice, and helping maintain work relationships with outside organizations and entities. In addition to working on the ICC Project, interns are offered the opportunity to assist other programs within the ABA Criminal Justice Section.

ABA Center for Human Rights and International Criminal Court Project staff and interns celebrate International Criminal Justice Day 2014

Interns generally work from the ABA office in central Washington, D.C., but remote internships may be considered. Internships are unpaid, and can be completed for credit in accordance with relevant academic programs. There is a strong preference for applicants currently in law school with an understanding of international law; however, undergraduate applicants with background in international law and demonstrated capacity to work on typical ICC Project activities may be considered. The ABA commits itself to building a multifaceted and diverse workforce, and thus strongly encourages applicants of any gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, religious, or other self-identified background.

If interested in applying for an internship at the ICC Project, please email the following PDF formatted material (as a whole or in individual pieces) to the Director of the ICC Project, Kristin Smith:

For Fall 2020 internships (Sept.- early Dec.), please apply by August 10, 2020. Fall 2020 internships will be conducted remotely. 

  • Cover letter. Please explain your interests in interning with the ABA’s ICC Project, your relevant skills and credentials, and any other relevant information that will be helpful to your application.

  • Resume/CV. Please includes your current contact information as well as your academic, professional, and other related experiences.

  • Writing Sample. Please transmit a writing sample of no more than ten pages that demonstrates your research, drafting, and analytical skills. Writing samples that cover a subject matter relevant to international criminal justice are appreciated, but certainly not required.

  • Transcript. If not available, please indicate the reasons for and any alternative documentation.

If you have any additional question in regards to the ICC Project or its internship program, please feel free to contact the Director, Kristin Smith.