William & 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.
Click here to read what our interns wrote in posts about their summer 2018 experience!
Read about Citizen Lawyers Abroad in the Law School's 2017-18 Annual Report (opens .pdf).
Here's what our international interns have been up to the last few years:
Cape Town, South Africa
People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Proverty (PASSOP)
Danny Hankes worked at People Against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty (PASSOP) which serves the human rights needs of refugees, persons seeking asylum, and immigrants, from its office in Cape Town, South Africa. Its mission focuses on eliminating prejudice and discrimination in South African and other societies through education, community participation, and advocacy campaigns. Danny worked in PASSOP's LGBTI refugee advocacy branch, interviewing clients, writing and filing petitions for asylum, and conducting other legal work for persons escaping persecution and discrimination in other African countries.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Khulumani Suport Group
Bailey Robbins spent a summer in Johannesburg, South Africa, working with the Khulumani Support Group. Khulumani is a membership-based organization of more than 100,000 victims and survivors of Apartheid-related gross human rights violations. Khulumani’s mission is 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. Bailey assisted Khulumani in addressing legal issues surrounding a nation-wide movement they have recently taken under their umbrella, called “Destitute Ex-Miners in South Africa.”
Democracy for Development
Anthony Jordan spent a summer working for Democracy for Development, a think tank located in Pristina, Kosovo. D4D works to develop independent public policy research in the fields of socio-economic development, governance, and with political parties. They also work to develop stronger inter-ethnic, regional, and international policies within Kosovo. The research and policies that this organization advances are oriented towards the public interest and work to tackle the persistent social and economic challenges in Kosovo today.
Phnom Pehn, Cambodia
International Bridges to Justice
Clay Coffey worked for International Bridges to Justice in Cambodia. 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 worked 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
Lauren Acker spent a summer with Open Development Mekong in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to support social, economic and environmental development through open data. ODM’s mission is to improve and support sustainable and equitable development by striving to meet international open data standards. ODM gathers objective and apolitical data from the Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). Among her endeavors, Lauren worked on a comparative study of intellectual property rights and copyright laws of the Mekong countries.
James Zaleski worked with Open Development Cambodia (“ODC”) in Phnom Penh to support development through open data. ODC collects and aggregates environmental, social, and economic development data with the goal of facilitating research and communication between the public, private companies, civil society, and governments. By applying international standards to local challenges, ODC’s open source approach to consolidating information provides an excellent opportunity to cultivate a culture of transparency. James’s research primarily consisted of projects relating to Cambodian copyright law and international law.
East-West Management Institute
Michael Snider was an intern at USAID’s Collaborative Governance Program/East West Management Institute in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Their main objective within the Rule of Law component is to promote access to legal aid and to provide citizens resources to more easily seek such aid, whether it be free or by fee. Further, they aim to provide access to court decisions, so that citizens are aware of legal changes affecting their lives.ciety.
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.
UN International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Chelsea Wilkins worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. She worked in the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor, assisting the Office of the Prosecutor and Appeals Counsel in conducting legal/factual research, drafting memoranda on issues of international humanitarian law and international and comparative criminal law and procedure, finalizing appellate filings, and preparing for hearings before the Appeals Chamber. The Office of the Prosecutor prosecutes persons suspected of the planning, implementation and execution of the most serious violations of international humanitarian law that have occurred in the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991.
International Bridges to Justice
Reeana Keenen and Jennifer Lucas worked for International Bridges to Justice in Geneva. IBJ is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure due process and other legal rights of those charged with crimes in developing and post-conflict countries. As an intern with IBJ, Reeana’s primary responsibility was to write and research grant proposals to secure funding for IBJ at its various offices. This research consisted mostly of gathering statistics about IBJ’s work around the world, as well as interviewing IBJ’s past clients, meeting with staff attorneys, and gathering information about the legal history and status of each country. Reeana also partnered with staff attorneys and fellow interns to seek out potential new locations where IBJ’s services may be needed.
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.
Children's Legal Aid and Research Center (BCLARC)
Dorronda Bordley worked in Beijing, China at the Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center (BCLARC). BCLARC is a subsidiary of the Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers group, one of the few legal NGOs in China. BCLARC specializes in the protection of children’s rights and provides free legal assistance to those who lack the financial means. As an intern, Dorronda’s duties included legal research for cases and projects on legal reform, translating, organizing lectures and workshops, and assisting in the annual International Student Forum on Public Interest law in Beijing.
Lauren Oberheim had the opportunity to intern at the One-Plus-One Disabled Persons’ Cultural Development Center in Beijing, China. One-Plus-One is an NGO working to promote improvement in the protection of the rights of people with disabilities.
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
Nicole Cochran added a new dimension to her understanding of international development at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. USIP works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. One key aspect of USIP's mission is to promote justice, security, and rule of law in post-conflict states, and Nicole worked on issues related to the security sector in the aftermath of violent conflict.
Bryony Harris worked at the National Center for State Courts in the international program division in Arlington, VA. NCSC worked with agencies in order to support judicial reform in various countries and promote access to justice. Bryony worked hands-on with some of the projects and helping develop projects in furtherance of this mission.
Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN)
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.