The Global Law Firm Experience

PILPG’s externship program provides an opportunity for current law school students to spend one or two semesters gaining experience in the field of public international law. Externs support PILPG’s legal staff in providing pro bono legal service to PILPG’s clients throughout the world.  Over the course of the semester, interns are responsible for conducting research for senior attorneys; drafting work products for PILPG's clients on international law issues; editing legal documents; and participating in client and strategic partner meetings.


Featured Extern: Anna Brennan

Anna Brennan was a PILPG extern on the Sudan negotiations team during her studies at Georgetown Law. With PILPG, she researched and drafted policy documents, White Papers, and memoranda for clients on areas of international law, transitional justice, and conflict resolution. Following her PILPG externship, she applied her substantive expertise as a research assistant for numerous professors. More recently, she is a trainee solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, United Kingdom. 


how to apply

PILPG accepts applications from current law students to spend the fall or spring semester working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are offered based on the needs of PILPG’s offices and clients.  PILPG does not compensate externs for their assistance, however externships can be performed for academic credit.
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“This semester has been an invaluable experience and has truly taught me so much, not only about the field of international human rights, but also about how an organization can make an impact within that field. It was such a pleasure to work with so many people that are so passionate and knowledgeable about all of the projects PILPG works on.”

“I greatly appreciated this opportunity to contribute to PILPG’s work, and to do so in such a welcoming and supportive environment. I also truly admire the passion and dedication that each of you brings to the office each day… I know that I am leaving PILPG with many valuable lessons learned, and I’m excited to build upon them in the years ahead.”

“It was a pleasure to be part of the PILPG team…Talking about PILPG’s important work to friends and family brought me great pride over the past year. It will be hard to find a job in the future that compares.”

Past Externs

Where Are They Now - Externs

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