AMICC, a program of the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), recruits interns to assist its work in relation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which includes providing information and analysis to AMICC's constituents and the American public. AMICC accepts intern applications from recent college graduates, graduate students, and law students from Columbia University and other institutions. Preferred candidates will be able to commit to a minimum of three to four months of full-time or part-time work. Undergraduate candidates will also be considered. Internships are unpaid.
A strong background in political science, international affairs, or law is a plus, as is experience working with local or national government representatives or conducting outreach activities.
Intern duties include researching ICC issues in the US, outreach to member organizations and alliances, and some administrative tasks. Interns are rarely asked to do traditional intern office tasks. The experience would be especially valuable for someone with an interest in international criminal law or US foreign policy.
Substantive research and drafting and support to our work are the most rewarding aspects of our interns' service for them and for us. In order to move into this into work as early and effectively as possible in their brief time here, interns must arrive with basic knowledge of the Court's fundamental structure, law, governance, jurisdiction and operations. This should include the major organizational elements of the ICC; the bodies that govern it; the titles, functions and responsibilities of its most senior officials; the main categories and characteristics of the crimes the Court will try and the conditions that make a crime eligible for the Court's jurisdiction.
Interviews of selected candidates will include simple, non-technical questions to test this knowledge. To prepare for this, we encourage candidates to read all of the Rome Statute to get a sense of the Court as a whole and to appreciate the breadth and inclusiveness of this extraordinary document. They should then carefully review Part 2, articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15; Part 4; Part 6, articles 66 and 67; and Parts 11 and 12.
AMICC offers internship opportunities three times per year: fall (applications accepted August 1-31), winter/spring (applications accepted December 15-January 15) and summer (applications accepted March 1-31). Please apply only during the application period for the relevant opportunity; applications received outside of the application period or for opportunities at other times of the year will not be considered.
As a program of the Columbia University ISHR, AMICC interns serve as ISHR interns and thus must meet ISHR's requirements and follow its application procedure. In addition to sending your application as instructed, please send a copy by e-mail to amicc [at] amicc.org. AMICC may ask for additional supporting documents, including transcripts, writing samples or letters of recommendation, prior to selecting an applicant for interview.
E-mail questions to amicc [at] amicc.org, and please include "Internship Inquiry" in the subject line.
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