Sunday, May 04, 2014

Summer/Fall Internship Opportunity: Internship with ABA Rule of Law Initiative China (Beijing Office, for summer & fall 2014)

ABA Rule of Law Initiative 

Summer and Fall 2014

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative seeks candidates to work as legal interns on a variety of legal assistance projects being implemented from the Beijing program office of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative China Program is a public service project that provides technical assistance in support of justice reforms and capacity building. ABA’s program office in Beijing, with support from Washington, D.C.-based staff, supports a variety of legal reforms and legal training projects in China, in partnership with Chinese civil society organizations, universities, and law professionals. Interns will have the opportunity to meet and support the work of Chinese civil society advocates and public interest lawyers.

Legal interns will report to Program Managers and assist with program implementation in one or more program areas, including environmental protection, criminal justice, civil society development and intellectual property rights. Work duties of the legal interns will include:

  • Monitoring program progress and assisting Program Managers in implementing and reporting on programs;
  • Monitoring new developments and current events related to issues in the media, social networks, and other information outlets;
  • Researching and writing on legal issues and current events;
  • Reviewing and organizing relevant resource materials in ABA program library;
  • Translating program documents and news articles between Chinese and English;
  • Accompanying foreign visitor experts in China and assisting with communications through informal interpretation; and
  • General administrative assistance including: assisting with event preparations and implementation, and other administrative assistance to ABA staff as needed.

·         Candidate for B.A. or Masters/ JD in Law or related field;
·         Fluency in both spoken and written Mandarin and English;
·         Strong sense of responsibility and ability to work independently;
·         Excellent communication skills;
·         Professional demeanor; and
·         Experience in a bilingual work environment or an international NGO is a plus

Internships will be part-time with a minimum commitment for the summer holiday break or the fall academic semester. Flexible working hours are anticipated. Interns will receive a small stipend.

Interested candidates should send a brief (1-2 pages maximum) cover letter indicating their experience and interest in legal development activities in China, their available dates, and their resume in English by email to Ms. Winona Qi  

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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