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ILSP Intern/Externships

The Vanderbilt International Legal Studies program's internship and externship programs allow Vanderbilt students to gain substantial experience working alongside legal professionals on a range of important international law projects in organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Coordinated by Professor Michael Newton, the program places students in international courts, international institutions, offices of the U.S. government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

As part of the International Legal Studies Program, Vanderbilt students frequently participate in opportunities directly related to client support that lead directly to externship opportunities or create contacts that later lead to employment opportunities. Current and recent externships served by Vanderbilt law students include:

Semester Externships (for credit)

  • U.S. Government Agencies
  • International Organizations
  • International Courts and Tribunals

Summer Internships

  • U.S. Government Agencies
  • International Organizations
  • International Courts and Tribunals
  • Non-Governmental Organizations

photo of Jen King '21Jen King ’21 worked remotely during fall semester as part of a prosecution team immersed in a complex international criminal trial.

Her work involved legal research and analysis, writing memoranda, and participating in team meetings at which she presented her research and conclusions. “Jen was able to distill common themes from diverse—and sometimes apparently incompatible—sources,” her supervisor said.

“Interning with an international prosecution team served as an opportunity to gain insight into the construction of international criminal cases, to hone my international legal research skills, and to contribute to a mission I care deeply about—the pursuit of accountability and justice for atrocity crimes. This experience has shaped the way I approach all legal questions and will make me a better strategist and advocate,” said King.