Summer Associates Program

PILPG’s Summer Associate Program is designed to expose law students to the field of public international law.  Summer Associates spend ten weeks working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office and typically serve on two project teams.  In addition to honing their legal research and writing skills, Summer Associates receive an in-depth introduction to the Washington international law community through weekly seminars and visits to government agencies and prominent NGOs.  The Summer Associate program is open to students who have completed one or two years of law school.



“Co-Founder Paul Williams’ professional development assistance was fantastic!  It was immeasurably helpful, timely, and probably the best career counseling I have ever received.”

“I felt immediately included and part of the team.  The office has a good vibe and practices good communication.  This made it easy to jump right in and feel comfortable.”

“The work was very interesting, the people were great, the training on legal writing was helpful, and the brown bag lunches and site visits were fun and informative.  I would (and will) recommend the program to other people.”

“The program was fantastic.  It was very organized, yet relaxed.  And I appreciated the interesting substantive work and the freedom we had to work at our own pace.”

“PILPG is the most exciting, intellectually invigorating, and congenial firm that I’ve ever encountered and I am grateful to have had such a superb experience here. I very much intend to stay involved as an alum.”


Featured Summer associate: joshua gARDNER

Joshua Gardner is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, where he was the Senior Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Mr. Gardner started his post-PILPG career as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP,'s Washington, DC office, where he focused on commercial and financial transactions. He is now an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Advisor ("L") in the Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs bureau. He advises on a wide-range of issues from online counter-messaging against ISIL to educational and exchange programs.


how to apply

PILPG accepts applications from students who have completed one or two years of law school. Applications are accepted starting in January and will remain open until the program is full. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early as the program fills up quickly and, if selected, should be prepared for a one hour interview. Apply here →