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Lawfare Internship


This academic focused fall internship, beginning September 2016, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, or graduate students, with an interest in national security to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This intern will assist with running and maintaining Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues.

Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It is a digital magazine that includes a podcast, a book review, research tools, a daily news roundup, an events calendar, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.

This unpaid internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.


Learning Objectives

Students will have an opportunity learn a variety of research skills such as writing, research and blog maintenance. Learning will fall into three main categories:

  • Writing: Interns will work with the Associate Editor to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 3-4 times per week, co-write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary.” Interns will work with the Associate Editor to co-write “The Week that Will Be,” a weekly feature that outlines upcoming events, academic announcements, and employment announcements. They will work with the Associate Editor to co-write a regular deep-dive analytical piece on a relevant national security law and policy issue. The intern will be the sole-author “The Week that Was,” a weekly piece that provides a guide to the week’s Lawfare content.
  • Research: Interns will provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed. Current projects include a book manuscript on the future of surveillance policy and its implications for security and a paper on technology and privacy. Interns will work to develop the Lawfare Wiki by taking a deep research dive into one or two areas of national security law. The intern will identify key primary source materials, summarize relevant documents, and create and develop the topic page on Lawfare.
  • Maintaining the blog: Interns will tag and categorize Lawfare posts, track relevant Congressional hearings, and track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar.

Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.



Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in government, political science, international relations, and law are encouraged to apply.  Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills---preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience as a research assistant.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


Legal Intern

Organization: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Washington

FUNCTION:  Legal Intern

DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

Place of employment: Washington



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 IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).

  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset

  • 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, and other related topics.  Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (

  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation.  In addition to research, 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 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 IHL Legal Advisor.  He/she 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 40 hours a week for 12 weeks between June and August. Starting and ending date are negotiable.  This is a paid internship.  For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at [email protected].  To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Mackenzie Chernushin at [email protected]. Applications are due September 15th, 2016.


Legal Advisor

United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Announcement Number: 16-FISC-01

Position Title: LEGAL ADVISOR                          

Grade/Salary Range: JSP-15/16 ($128,082 – $170,400) (Depending upon qualifications and experience)

Position Location: Washington, DC

Open Date: May 25, 2016

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

How to Apply:  To be considered for this excepted service, “at will” position, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume detailing all relevant education, experience, and skills

  • Writing sample, not to exceed ten pages

Applications may be e-mailed to: [email protected]

Only applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Travel and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court employs six Legal Advisors to assist the Judges of the Court in considering applications presented by the U.S. government for authority to conduct electronic surveillance, physical search or other forms of intelligence gathering pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  The Legal Advisors also advise Judges on legal issues presented in applications or that are otherwise before the Court.


The Court invites applications from attorneys with at least four years of legal work experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the JSP-14 level.  The Court is particularly interested in individuals who have an expertise in national security law, constitutional law, privacy, or communications technology and the law.  Experience in litigation is also preferred.  To be considered, an applicant must be a licensed attorney, a member in good standing of the bar of at least one jurisdiction, and possess a current security clearance, preferably Top Secret/SCI.


Full-time employees are eligible for a full range of benefits to include 13-26 days of annual leave, based on years of service, 13 days of sick leave, and a minimum of 10 paid holidays per annum; retirement; Thrift Savings Plan; Federal Employees Health Benefits; Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program; Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance; flexible benefits; long-term care insurance; public transportation vouchers (SmartBenefits); and an onsite physical fitness facility. 


United States citizenship is required. 

Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.


Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Legal Fellow

The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and teaching the rules of war. In the coming years the American Red Cross will deepen and expand its programming around the world while also working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent network, in order to deliver vital help and hope to some of the most vulnerable communities.

We are looking for a Clara Barton Legal Fellow to work with the international humanitarian law (IHL) team to support our legal education program on IHL. The fellow will work as part of a small team where he/she will gain hands on experience conducting legal research and writing, providing thorough legal analysis on relevant IHL issues, and working to support and strengthen the team’s IHL education programs.

A background in international law or policy, and an interest in social media and educational development are essential. Our fellows work as integral members of our team and carry out professional level work in a supervised atmosphere.

Responsibilities include working with the Legal Advisors and the IHL Director, as well as other members of the team to deliver IHL Legal Education programs; research and write short updates for the team’s IHL blog; and compile updates on current IHL issues. Fellows will create promotional materials for use by ARC chapters, partner agencies, and community groups, as well as promoting IHL awareness internally. Fellows will also develop content for IHL-related events, brown bags, and speaking engagements; monitor social media and perform follow-up activities to strengthen our networks; and gather information on IHL programs for monitoring and reporting purposes. Fellows will have an opportunity to work with an IHL Legal Advisor to pursue an independent project related to a timely international humanitarian law issue.

Skills and Qualifications:

Recent law school graduate, with an interest in pursuing a career in international law or policy, international relations, or a related discipline. Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law essential; Must have strong written and verbal communication skills; robust legal research skills, and computer skills, including familiarity with social media tools; Ability to translate complex legal issues into terms understandable by an average member of the public with no prior IHL knowledge; passion for international law issues and humanitarian values; Interest in educational development; Must be responsible, mature, able to work independently, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure; Willingness to do background research and perform general office duties, as required.

This position will begin September 1, 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to [email protected] The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Law team’s mission, please see: