CERL 2016 Summer Internship Program – 4 March 2016 Application Deadline


The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Center’s 2016 Summer Internship Program.

CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law in twenty-first century warfare and national security. The only Center of its kind housed within a law school, CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in times of war and contemporary transnational conflicts. It represents the vision of its founder and director, Professor Claire Finkelstein, in uniting scholars and policymakers from various fields in a multi-disciplinary conversation on some of the most challenging issues of our time.

The Summer Internship Program offers professional and graduate level students an opportunity to engage with efforts to promote and protect the rule of law in national and international security practice.  Summer interns will enhance their theoretical and practical understanding of ethics and rule of law values in contemporary asymmetric warfare as well as address critical and cutting-edge problems facing national security experts today. Interns in the Program will work as a team under the supervision of CERL’s leadership, and will participate in CERL’s on-going activities: assisting in the preparation of CERL’s upcoming conferences, workshops, and other public programs; contributing to CERL’s academic publications; and drafting briefing papers for policymakers and media outlets. Interns will meet once a week for lunch as a group to hear presentations by guest speakers, discuss work in progress, and engage in planning activities relating to CERL’s ongoing activities. Please visit the CERL site to learn more.

Law students, as well as graduate students from other disciplines related to CERL’s mission interested in examining the intersection of rule of law values, applied ethics, and national security are encouraged to apply. In some instances CERL will accept applications from advanced undergraduates. Summer stipends will be offered for qualified applicants on a competitive basis; applicants funded from outside sources are also welcome to apply. The internship program will last eight weeks, from Tuesday, May 31, 2016, to Friday, July 22, 2016. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, and names and contact information of two referees. The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016. Please address any inquiries about CERL’s 2016 Summer Internship Program to cerl@law.upenn.edu.

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As a non-profit academic center within the University of Pennsylvania, CERL aims to produce excellent research, programming, and educational opportunities and hopes to support these aims with expanded financial support for student interns.  We are actively seeking sponsorship for the CERL Summer Internship Program. Please contact mcaninch@law.upenn.edu to inquire about contributing to our Student Internship Fund.