William and Mary students receive hands-on field experience by participating in international internships all over the globe. Over the past years, our students have interned in:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium,Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Ghana, the Hague, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Lithuania, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden,Switzerland, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Uganda, Washington D.C., and New York.
Here's what our international interns were up to in 2016:
Cape Town, South Africa
People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Proverty (PASSOP)
Last summer, Mary Pickard worked at People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty (PASSOP) in Cape Town, South Africa. PASSOP is a community-based non-profit organization and grassroots movement that works to protect and promote the rights of all refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in South Africa. As an intern, Mary’s duties included writing appeals on behalf of asylum seekers who had been denied refuge in South Africa as well as researching employment discrimination within the country.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Khulumani Suport Group
Kelsey Knitter spent her summer working in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Khulumani Support Group. The Khulumani Support Group is a membership-based organization of approximately 85,000 victims and survivors of Apartheid-related human rights violations. Kelsey had opportunity to assist Khulumani to build an inclusive and just society in which the dignity of people harmed by apartheid is restored through the process of transforming victims into victors.
Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE)
Both Kiren Chauhan and Avery Dobbs spent the summer in Uganda working for SAFE. SAFE is a USAID funded project in Uganda that distributes grant money to NGO projects, provides seminars and training in peacekeeping and conflict resolution, and works on restoring land rights to Ugandans who have been internally displaced. Their work consisted mostly of conducting research related to land rights in Uganda. They helped to resolve land disputes and worked with the refugee community to help them incorporate into Ugandan life.
Democracy for Development
Gulliver Brady interned with Democracy for Development (D4D) in Pristina, Kosovo. D4D is founded on the principles that democracy is a precondition for development, as well as a means and an end for development. D4D conducts research and reaches out to the broader community to make this link apparent.
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
International Bridges to Justice
Clay Coffey worked for International Bridges to Justice in Cambodia this sumer. The legal system in Cambodia was nearly destroyed after the Khmer Rouge regime, and there is still a huge lack of trained lawyers and legal aid clinics. Clay will work with International Bridges to Justice which seeks to provide access to high quality free legal aid services to the poorest of the poor in 20 provinces and in the Court of Appeal.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Open Development Mekong
Last summer, Zachary Hawari spent his summer with Open Development Mekong in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to support social, economic and environmental development through open data. OD Mekong collects research and data from objective sources all over Mekong, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Zachary helped produce a comparative analysis of the mining laws and practices from across the region. OD Mekong then publishes this data in a meaningful, transparent form. From journalists to policy makers to the people on the ground, OD Mekong closes the gap between data producers and data consumers.
East-West Management Institute
Ajinur Setiwaldi assisted the East-West Management Institute in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan last summer. The East-West Management Institute works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society, and the private sector – to build accountable, capable and transparent institutions. EWMI addresses complex challenges with practical, cross-cutting solutions. EWMI specializes in targeted, locally relevant initiatives that foster partnerships, and cross-sector collaboration, from assisting the state and local advocates in policy creation and reform to engaging in court administration, local economic development and technical support to civil society.
Prague, Czech Republic
Caroline Drinnon worked for the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute in Prague. The CEELI Institute focuses on providing educational services and a supportive community to burgeoning democracies and other reformers who are interested in furthering the rule of law. As an intern, Caroline was able to contribute to their summer programming and research initiatives while gaining international law experience in the heart of Europe.
Constitution Building Program at the IDEA
Last summer, Julie Cascino interned with the Constitution Building Program at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in The Hague, Netherlands. Together with local, regional and global partners, the Constitution Building program raises awareness of the role constitution-building processes play in managing conflict and consolidating democracy. Julie worked on several projects, including a literature review examining constitutional design for inclusive representation of the economically marginalized.
International Bridges to Justice
Evan Frauhigher spent last summer working for International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) in Geneva, Switzerland. IBJ is a non-governmental organization who strives to guarantee all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from torture, and the right to a fair trial. Operating in six countries around the world, IBJ provides training manuals, legal information, case law and other resources to lawyers in developing countries to support and create a sufficient number of trained public defenders and criminal defense aid workers. IBJ seeks to achieve a world where each and every person is knowledgeable about their rights and demands those rights to be upheld and a world where international human rights standards are present in every day applications of the law.
Center for Crime Prevention
Gordon Dobbs worked at the Center for Crime Prevention, established by the Vilnius Institute for Advanced Studies in Vilnius, Lithuania (VILIAS). VILIAS is an independent group of researchers from a variety of disciplines with the goal of furthering the humanities and the social sciences. With the Center for Crime Prevention, Gordon spent time on several different projects, such as the drafting of new anti-bribery laws, formulation of discretionary sentencing guidelines, the protection of whistle-blowers, and other projects dedicated to the reduction of crime in Lithuania.
ABA Rule of Law Institute
Emily Gabor worked in Washington D.C. at the ABA Rule of Law Institute. There, she was directly involved in research and analysis projects related to rule of law reform in ABA ROLI's primary thematic areas: access to justice and human rights, anti-corruption and public integrity, criminal law reform and anti-human trafficking, judicial reform, legal education reform and civic education, legal profession reform, and women's rights. Examples of current projects include a status of women assessment and a commercial law assessment in Libya, designing training modules for prosecutors on homicides and domestic violence cases, assessments of the legal profession in Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka, and an anti-trafficking study in sub-Saharan Africa.
U.S. Institute of Peace
For her 1L summer, Lauren Gillespie worked at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. She will specifically be working with the International Network to Promote Rule of Law (INPROL). With USIP INPROL, Lauren helped an organization that fosters access to justice and the professional development of lawyers worldwide.
International Programs Division of the NCSC
For her 1L summer, Chelsea Wilkins worked as a legal intern for the International Division of the National Center for State Courts. NCSC’s International Programs Division partners with donor agencies, host-country governments, and civil society organizations to support judicial independence and promote access to justice. NCSC has worked in more than 30 countries, throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. She worked in Arlington, VA, helping conduct legal research needed for their international programs across the world.
Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN)
Last summer, Nicole Alanko had an opportunity to work with the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN). GAIN provides pro-bono services to immigrant victims of human trafficking, immigrant victims of domestic violence, asylum seekers, and victims of other crimes.