William and Mary Law School

International Public Service Internships

International Public Service Internships

William and Mary students receive hands-on field experience by participating in international internships all over the globe. Over the past ten years, our students have interned in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, England, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, and Washington, DC.

The Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding is especially grateful to John and Brenda Scanelli for their generous support of the international public service internship program.

Here's what our international interns have been up to:

nadia abramson

Nadia Abramson interned for the anti-torture advocacy organization, International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), in Geneva, Switzerland. The majority of her work centered on creating legal training materials for lawyers in developing countries. She collected and summarized various criminal codes from countries all over the world, including Sri Lanka, Cote d’Ivoire, and Haiti, to provide IBJ’s local attorneys with accessible legal resources. Nadia also had the opportunity to attend the twenty-third session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations, where she evaluated the role of criminal justice reform in planned peacekeeping missions.

Kristin Brandt

Kristin Brandt worked for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice at the Takoradi and Cape Coast offices in Ghana. While there she investigated and assisted in mediations of alleged human rights violations for the Ghanaian government’s commission. She handled various cases, including non- maintenance of children, wrongful termination of employment, land disputes, and banishment.

Her primary focus was investigating child prostitution. She compiled an investigative report on the prevalence of child prostitution in Ghana and the governmental response needed to address the issue. The report is to be used as preliminary data for the creation of a rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration program for child prostitutes in Ghana. To collect data, she interviewed government officials, NGO workers, and prostitutes in various communities.

Callie Carnemarck

Callie Carnemark interned with the Working with the Center for Human Rights and the Environment (CEDHA) in Cordoba, Argentina. Working for a small organization with big ideas meant that she had significant autonomy in choosing what her work would focus on, and the best ways to share that work. During her time with CEDHA, She focused primarily on the fracking industry in Argentina. This work included researching the locations and status of fracking sites all over the country; designing and keeping up-to-date a new website dedicated to informing the public on fracking issues in Argentina and around the world; and drafting model fracking regulations to be submitted to the legislature. During her time in Argentina, President Kirchner issued a decree offering significant incentives to international companies interested in investing in the fracking industry in Argentina. Callie worked closely with the Executive Director of CEDHA to draft a press release communicating the details and potential impacts of the situation.

Atif Choudhury

Atif Choudhury interned with the East West Management Institute’s USAID-funded Program of Rights and Justice team in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His main project was drafting a National Elections Briefing on Cambodian election law for Open Development Cambodia’s new Elections Page. He also conducted research on infrastructure, imports and exports, migration patterns, and other economic data on all ten Association of Southeast Asian nations. He also regularly helped edit proposals and drafted promotional materials and blogs on various ODC projects. Additionally, he worked with the Cambodian Youth Network to help run the “Prey Lang is OUR Forest Too!” social media campaign to help save the biodiversity of the Prey Lang forest in Northern Cambodia as well as to the livelihoods of the 200,000 strong indigenous community. Atif also attended a wide variety of events, including the World Environment Day Rally and a “town-hall”  Forum on Political Viewpoints sponsored by the National Democratic Institute. On Election Day, he informally observed election proceedings at two polling stations in Phnom Penh.

Daniel Chandler

Daniel Chandler interned at the Center for Women's Rights (Centrum Praw Kobiet or CPK) in Warsaw, Poland. CPK provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and advocates for legislative changes to benefit battered women. Daniel's work focused on the preliminary preparations for the opening of a pilot Family Justice Center in Warsaw. With the Family Justice Center, CPK and other victims' aid services including prosecutors, police officers, and social workers will co-locate all the services a domestic violence victim would need in the crucial period in which she escapes abuse. Daniel crafted the initial strategic plan for Warsaw, contributed to workshops with European Union partners, and presented information to potential sponsors and Polish partners. Aside from his main responsibilities with the strategic plan, Daniel also taught English to CPK staffers and volunteers, aided English speaking Polish residents with domestic legal issues, and translated portions of CPK's Web site.

Vahid Dejwakh

Vahid Dejwakh worked for Khulumani Support Group in South Africa, first in the Johannesburg area, and then in Worcester and Cape Town. He researched, wrote, and submitted a proposal to the Chamber of Mines to be considered in negotiations between the mining industry, the labor unions, and the government over what needs to be done to make sure the Marikana massacre of 2012 doesn't occur again. He also traveled to rural regions to co-facilitate workshops to empower youth to become active participants in solving problems in their community. In Worcester, he gathered the testimonies of victims the 1996 race-based bombing of a grocery store and continued petitioning work to inquire into a fund that was established for victims but was never paid out. He also participated in the Worcester Reconciliation Process, to bring black, white, and colored members around the Worcester community together to bridge a few of the numerous racial divides. 

Laura Fleming

Laura Fleming interned in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in London. Laura researched current events in the U.K. for the State Department’s Human Rights Reports. The Human Rights Reports are publications on the annual human rights conditions in countries outside the U.S.  The reports cover issues ranging from workers and asylum seekers rights to religious freedom and political corruption. Laura attended various think tank talks and composed briefs on the issues for senior State Department officials. She also assisted in the initial research and writing of a diplomatic cable.

Morgan Fletcher

Morgan Fletcher worked for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, Italy.  As an intern on the South Sudan Team, Morgan was one of two staff members handling project proposals, logistics, and research at headquarters.  Apart from reviewing financial budget reports, proofing documents, substantiating proposal narratives, and revising textbooks to be distributed at the College of Law, University of Juba, she was also responsible for conducting legal research and ascertaining areas of potential intervention in the new nation.  Morgan collaborated with the Sustainable Development Team to lay the foundation for future proposals regarding the construction of small-scale hydropower plants in South Sudan, and agricultural investments in rural communities.  She also worked as a legal consultant in advising potential stakeholders on the implications of international, national, and customary laws in the region.  The knowledge that she acquired during her second year at William & Mary Law provided her with a wealth of specialized knowledge that was invaluable to her success at IDLO.

Daniel Ginnetty

Daniel Ginnetty interned with International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) Cambodia country program. IBJ’s twofold general mission is to provide accused persons who cannot afford lawyers with access to free legal representation and to promote legal awareness in countries with developing legal systems. In Cambodia, due to the Khmer Rouge’s mass slaughter of intellectuals and the ensuing political chaos of the 1980s, by the early ‘90s there were only a handful of lawyers in the entire country. Today, the justice system is much stronger with nearly a thousand practicing lawyers and comprehensive legal codes. Implementing those laws, however, is still a work in progress, and the poor, particularly those living in isolated rural provinces, are the most negatively affected by gaps between the law on paper and the law in practice. IBJ Cambodia's lawyers are able to represent indigent accused persons for free in nearly all of Cambodia’s provinces. Additionally, the entire staff works to raise rights awareness through community programs and to promote effective administration of the criminal law through regular round table discussions with court officials and other stakeholders in the justice system.

Daniel worked in IBJ’s central office in Phnom Penh, but traveled frequently on monitoring and evaluation trips to a handful of provinces where he interviewed former clients, judges, and police and prison officials. Using material from those interviews, he wrote “success stories” throughout the summer for IBJ’s blog. Additionally, he assisted in fundraising activities and researched the criminal codes, the Cambodian constitution, and recent legal history to compile a summary of the rights of an accused person under Cambodian law for the benefit of IBJ’s staff.

Gowri Janakiramanan

Gowri Janakiramanan interned at the International Finance Corporation's Field Office in New Delhi, India. The International Finance Corporation focuses exclusively on private-sector development in emerging markets by encouraging financial institutions and companies to create jobs, generate tax revenues, and improve corporate governance and environmental performance, while contributing to local communities in a manner that will result in sustainable economic development. While there, Gowri worked with staff attorneys and investment officers to edit and draft advisory agreements with private corporations. She also provided research relating to Myanmar's new foreign investment regime, Indian corporate governance standards, and the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. Gowri's largest project focused on Indian property law, and she worked with staff attorneys and external counsel to develop an internal system to facilitate the filing of certain secured properties with the Indian central government.

Ayla Kremen

Ayla Kremen interned with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Consulate General in Hamburg, Germany. Ayla worked primarily in the Consulate's Political and Economic section, but also collaborated on projects in the Consulate's Public and Cultural Affairs section. Her primary duties included researching international and German refugee and asylum law, writing diplomatic speeches, monitoring news reports in the Consulate's five consular districts and coordinating and planning consular events with local leaders.

Ayla focused her work on researching and analyzing a diplomatic cable about the legal status of 300 Libyan refugees in Hamburg who left Libya after the country's civil war in 2011. To do this, Ayla researched international refugee and asylum law and met with local officials and attorneys who were representing the refugees in their legal claims. Ayla's research will be used in the State Department's annual Human Rights Report and in a department-wide diplomatic cable.

Kylie Madsen

Kylie Madsen interned at Zhicheng Public Interest Law in China this past summer.  Zhicheng provides free legal services to their clients, and their areas of interest include children's advocacy, migrant worker rights, and domestic violence protections for women.  Representation is only half of Zhicheng's work; the other half is spent researching and promoting rule of law initiatives and legal reformation in China.  Her time at Zhicheng was spent conducting comparative research between the juvenile and employment laws of the U.S., Australia, and China.  Her research culminated in an extensive report that she presented at the International Public Interest Forum to students, professors, and attorneys.  She worked with a small group of Chinese interns and also was able to teach English classes to a group of Zhicheng staff children.

Fahimeh Manjili

Fahimeh Manjili interned with the Transitional Justice Programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Cape Town, South Africa. She worked mainly on CSVR’s Transitional Justice in Africa study.  The objective of the study is to identify the various transitional justice mechanisms implemented in key African states, identify a transitional justice legislative framework in Africa, determine the Commission’s role in implementing the African Union Transitional Justice Policy Framework, analyze the potential opportunities and challenges faced by the Commission in supporting transitional justice processes in Africa, and analyze the possibility for the establishment of a special mechanism on transitional justice in Africa.   

Fahimeh worked on the first objective of the study by providing country reports for the North African states of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Each report gave a brief history of the conflict; listed in chronological order the various transitional justice mechanisms implemented to date; discussed how these efforts at transitional justice failed to address gender based violence and/or achieve truth, reparations, and justice; and highlighted the role of key international actors, particularly that of the African Union. The William & Mary Law School is currently working with CSVR on its Transitional Justice in Africa Study for the African Commission by offering a two-credit independent research course in the Fall and Spring semesters. Seven William & Mary students, including Fahimeh, have been selected to research and submit country reports for the remaining African states.

John Palenski

John Palenski interned at People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty (PASSOP) in Cape Town, South Africa.  PASSOP is a non-profit NGO that advocates for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants in South Africa.  During his time at PASSOP, John worked on a variety of refugee related issues.  His worked focused on drafting appeal letters for refugees and asylum seekers, whose applications the South African immigration office had rejected.  

In addition to working with refugees, John aided PASSOP employees in lobbying the government for changes in its immigration policy.  Additionally, he participated in community outreach programs sponsored by PASSOP, which informed foreign nationals about the immigration process.

Christian Schreiber

Christian Schreiber interned for the International Programs Division of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in Arlington, Virginia. Christian performed various tasks for NCSC over the summer, ranging from legal counsel assignments, to working with government and international contracts, to assisting with rule-of-law project proposals and implementation. Within his responsibilities as traditional legal counsel, Christian notably helped hybridize and simplify the employee policies and procedures, and also conducted an extensive research project analyzing the effects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and certain foreign public procurement laws on NCSC’s direct foreign government contracting. Regarding contracts, Christian dealt extensively with NCSC’s foreign and government contracts. This particularly included modifying contracts with NGOs in Bangladesh in order to conform to NCSC’s contract with USAID, and also editing and improving NCSC’s pro forma contracts for use with foreign governments. In addition, Christian was substantially involved with the organization’s rule-of-law programs. He assisted with the implementation of multiple projects, most notably the Serbia Judicial Reform and Government Accountability project, for which he wrote a draft success story, researched and reported on regulatory questions, and helped track and record the project’s labor hours. Christian also had the opportunity to research for and edit a rule-of-law project proposal for judicial assistance to the Caribbean, as well as help coordinate receiving a delegation of three Brazilian judges for a prospective project.

Adama Sirleaf

Adama Sirleaf interned for the International Institute for Democracy & Electoral Assistance (IDEA) Constitutional Building Process Office in the Hague, Netherlands. IDEA is a multinational organization based in Stockholm, Sweden focusing on ground up democracy and electoral assistance. IDEA relocated the CBP office to the Hague in March 2013. While in Den Haag, Adama conducted research on ConstitutionNet, IDEA's constitutional resource website. Adama performed research on the constitutional processes of sixteen countries and created profiles for the website. Adama had the opportunity to write a paper on need for more effective public participation in constitutional reform process. Adama also attended a conferences on Constitutional Reform and the Rule of Law, and Gender Issues in Constitutional Reform Processes.

Nadja Wolfe

Nadja Wolfe worked at Socio-Economic Development in Azerbaijan (SEDA), a project of the East-West Management Institute and funded by USAID.  SEDA has three main areas of work: infrastructural projects in rural areas, building the capacity of rural communities to carry out such projects and advocate for themselves, and the access to democracy initiative.  The commodities market has given the economy a great boost, but most of that money stays in the city.  Rural areas may lack paved roads, medical facilities, and access to clean water.  SEDA helps local community development organizations plan, implement, and fund projects to address these problems.  Nadja helped with the operations side of this through reports and editing.  She also created templates to make it easier for the local organizations to file reports with USAID, essentially giving them boilerplate language and examples to standardize their reports in English writing style.  For the access to democracy initiative, Nadja worked on improving a handbook on access to information.  Azerbaijan’s laws on who can access information are complex and have many restrictions that may not be intuitive.  Nadja prepared a report on how to restructure this information to make it more accessible to the lay reader.

Ann Zachariah

Ann Zachariah
interned for the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.  Along with the regional consulates, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is part of the U.S. Mission in Japan which aims to foster U.S.-Japan relations, provide services to American citizens in Japan, and promote cultural exchanges.  Ann's favorite memories of Japan include cruising down Tokyo Bay in a traditional Japanese boat, attending a taping of Iron Chef, and enjoying the people and culture of Japan.