World Justice Project
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The World Justice Project's (WJP) research and data team is seeking a full-time, paid intern for the fall and winter of 2020 (starting in October for a minimum of three months). This position will support WJP's work studying legal needs and access to civil justice around the world, and will entail supporting data analysis and report production processes. WJP's global research and data team operates out its Washington, DC office, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position is currently remote.

Responsibilities: The Access to Justice Intern will assist with the research, data analysis, and development of projects on access to civil justice and related themes, and may also assist with other thematic research as needed. The main responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with the production of the WJP's research products centered on legal needs and access to justice, including data checks, report writing, copyediting, and design assistance;
  • Conducting qualitative research on access to justice and rule of law developments around the world;
  • Compiling resources and case studies on access to justice data and policies around the world;
  • Assisting with background research, literature reviews, and analysis for the drafting of academic papers on legal needs and access to justice;
  • Assisting with other special thematic projects as needed (e.g. environmental governance, rule of law and public health, country-specific initiatives, etc.);
  • Assisting with preparations for meetings and presentations, including producing drafts of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution;
  • Providing general administrative support for WJP projects, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; assisting with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings, mass mailings, and other office and logistical support duties; and
  • Assisting with the copyediting, data checks, and production of other WJP publications as needed.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree (completed or currently pursuing) in international affairs, social sciences, journalism, economics, policy studies, regional studies, or related field;
  • Understanding of rule of law and governance issues in global contexts;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability managing large databases;
  • Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred, other foreign language skills (especially French or Portuguese) is a plus;
  • Experience with STATA or other statistical analysis software is a plus;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently and ability to give and receive feedback;
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail;
  • Preferably at least one year of professional experience, including internships;
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply: The World Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. To apply, please go to Please include the following documents (in one PDF file) along with your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (5 pages max)
  • Contact information for 3 professional references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. This position will remain open until filled. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to follow up directly with candidates selected for interviews. No phone calls please.

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