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Summer Program Internships

Internships are available only to students who successfully complete the academic portion of their summer law program. Please review each of the program internship opportunities below. To apply for any of the opportunities, please complete our internship application form.

APPLICATION DEADLINE- Applications received by March 15 will receive a preference in internship placement.

To submit an application, you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Current Resume
  • Current Transcript
  • Personal statement (no more than 1 - 2 pages) explaining why you think you will be a good fit for this position.

Directed Research
Summer abroad internships are not eligible for credit. If you would like to pursue additional credits, you may be eligible to earn 1-3 credits through directed research with your program director. You must receive credit approval from your home institution and you will be required to write a 30-35 page law review quality paper. Please contact the Director of your program to further discuss this option. Their contact information can be found below under each program.

    Rhodes Program

    Students participating in Tulane’s summer program in Rhodes may be eligible for judicial clerkships, extern- or internships with law firms, non-governmental organizations or international governmental organizations specializing in the areas of admiralty, law of the sea, or marine environmental management. Thus far the Administration has secured several placements options in Greece (Rhodes, Athens/Piraeus), and the United States. Additional placement options are likely to become available in other Mediterranean countries and Northern Europe.

    The two Federal Judicial Clerkships (Intern/Externships) are available only to students who successfully complete the associated academic portion of the summer law program.

    To apply for any of the opportunities above, please complete our application form. Applications received by March 15 will receive a preference in internship placement.

    To further inquire about Rhodes Program internship opportunities, please contact the Program Director, Professor Davies at mdavies@tulane.edu.

    Siena Program

    Internship Programs in Rome, Cambodia and New York are offered based on availability.

    Siena internships run for a minimum of four weeks (six weeks is the preferable length). Due to the wide scope of the internships, there is much room to accommodate the students' individual qualifications and interests.

    Interns must attend the Tulane Siena program to be qualified for these positions. All internships will begin after the Siena program, working based on the knowledge gained there.

    ROME INTERNSHIP

    Each year, the UNIDROIT Secretariat is willing to host one Siena program student to collaborate with the officer in charge of the area of cultural property law. The selected intern will have the opportunity to conduct research and prepare concept notes on one of the Institute's current work program subjects, or on work associated with other UNIDROIT instruments.

    The internship will run from late June to late July. Knowledge of another language than English is not required but appreciated. The internship is not remunerated and interns are required to have adequate medical insurance coverage during their stay in Rome.

    CAMBODIA INTERNSHIP

    The Khmer Empire was once the most powerful force in Southeast Asia. More than 500 years after its collapse, its splendor survives in the art and archaeology of Cambodia. This heritage is among the kingdom’s most important resources, but having survived centuries of war and abandonment, may be destroyed by its own popularity. Looters are decimating ancient Khmer sites --- desecrating tombs, beheading statues, and ransacking temples --- in search of valuable antiquities to sell on the international market.

    In response to this plunder, the Kingdom of Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MOCFA) is launching a department to study and combat the illicit antiquities trade. Thanks to a partnership with Tulane Law School, graduate students now have an unprecedented opportunity to become involved in this exciting work. Selected interns will travel to the capital of Phnom Penh, where they will work alongside Cambodian and international colleagues, assisting the government in one of its most crucial efforts.

    Cambodia Specific: The most important — and nonnegotiable — quality is the willingness and ability to live and work in a developing country. Preferably applicants will have traveled overseas, and in the third world, but what they lack in such experience they could make up for in enthusiasm. Although not required, a background in civil law and international law would be helpful, as would a reading knowledge of French. In addition to making a valid contribution to Cambodia, interns will benefit from their work by:
    • becoming competent in legal research, using both print and electronic resources, as well as archival research
    • developing a pragmatic understanding of a foreign legal system and public international law
    • analyzing legislation and making recommendations for improvement
    • assisting in the drafting of regulations, sub-decrees, and decrees
    • gaining hands-on experience in cultural property law, a fast growing legal field of increasing importance

    Housing in Cambodia
    Room and board in Cambodia, especially in Phnom Penh, is available and affordable. The easiest solution would be for students to stay in guesthouses or hotels. We can recommend several where colleagues and their teams stay for long-term visits while in the country. Such rooms would be available — depending on the amenities — for between $15 and $30 a night (and even less at a weekly or monthly rate). There has also been a proliferation of serviced apartments, which may be comparable in price. The cheapest option would be to rent a flat — one could be found for as little as $200 a month plus $50 in utilities — but this would only be recommended for those who are independent and have lived and worked overseas before. A list of recommendations will be provided to interns prior to departure.

    The Cambodia Internship is supervised by Raymond Leos, Dean and Professor of Law Communications, Faculty of Communications and Media Arts/ Faculty of Law and Public Affairs. Additional information regarding Director Leos, including his resume and contact information can be found here.

    NEW YORK INTERNSHIP

    Internships are available for Siena students interested in working with the Holocaust Art Restitution Project. Students will be working on both Nazi-looted art and antiquities looting matters with a combination of research (particularly in the National Archives and Library of Congress) and writing (white papers and perhaps briefs) supervised by a leading historian in the field, Marc Masurovsky.

    Interns will work with The Ciric Law Firm, PLLC. Interns will work on a broad range of issues, including cultural heritage cases (mostly World War II cases), CLE program formation, and will have the possibility of writing for publication. Interns can be located in New York or work remotely, but must be able to meet in New York at the request of the firm.

    These internships will be supervised by historian Marc Masurovsky, who has long been a leader in the field of Holocaust repatriation and restitution, as well as the broader fight to stop the plunder of cultural objects and sites. Marc Masurovsky is on the research staff of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US. He co-founded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) in 1997 and has served as its Director of Research and is a Board member. He has researched the question of assets looted during the Holocaust and World War II since 1980 and has worked as an expert historian on a class-action lawsuit for Jewish claimants seeking restitution of lost accounts and other liquid assets from Swiss banks. As a consultant and historian for the Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations, he researched alleged Nazi war criminals living in the U.S., interviewed witnesses to crimes against humanity and studied post-war relations between former Nazi officials and Allied intelligence agencies. Mr. Masurovsky earned his M.A. in Modern European History from American University in Washington, D.C. For his Master's thesis, he researched "Operation Safehaven: the Allied response to Nazi post-defeat planning, 1944-1948.

    INTERNSHIP HOUSING
    For the all of the Siena internships, participants are responsible for arranging their own housing accommodations. Interns may work remotely for the New York internship, however they must be available to meet in New York at the request of the firm.

    To apply for any of the opportunities above, please complete our application form. Applications received by March 15 will receive a preference in internship placement. Internships are open to summer program alumni, although current students have preference.

    To further inquire about Siena Program internship opportunities, please contact the Program Director, Professor Larson at hlarson@tulane.edu.

    Paris Program

    Paris Law Firm Internships
    A limited number of internship opportunities are available with prestigious law firms in Paris.

    • Selections will be made by the director on a competitive basis based on CVs and an interview, concerning such factors as background/fit and French level.
    • Students must speak at least “functional” French in order to qualify.
    • The length or duration of the unpaid internship is normally three to four weeks, but can be longer, and depends on the needs of the firm and the student's availability.

    Directed Research

    • The Paris Program offers directed research under the supervision of the program director.
    • Students conduct research on Paris institutions or some aspect of French or European law.
    • There is no French language requirement for directed research.
    • These research opportunities are encouraged and available to each student who registers in the program.

    Please contact the Program Director, Professor Palmer for more information regarding internships or directed research. vpalmer@tulane.edu

    Letter from the director regarding internships:
    We have a number of Paris law firms who receive our students as interns. They are awarded on a competitive basis, and knowledge of French and a good transcript are important factors in the evaluation. One of the firms, for example, is quite large and has offices around the globe. Another is small but warm, friendly and interesting, with some international practice. An intern can arrive ahead of the program dates to start the internship, then work concurrently in afternoons with the program classes in the morning, and may even stay working on after the program. The actual schedule is entirely worked out between the firm and the intern, and there is usually flexibility on their part as to dates.

    If you need further information, please contact me. We would indeed be very glad to have you in the Paris program.

    Best wishes,

    Vernon Valentine Palmer
    Thomas Pickles Professor of Law,
    Co-Director, Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law
    Phone: (504) 865-5978
    vpalmer@tulane.edu

    Cambridge Program

    The Cambridge program may have two or three internships related to immigration and asylum law. To inquire about Cambridge Program internship opportunities, please contact the Program Director, Professor Griffin at sgriffin@tulane.edu. If provided with an opportunity, you may apply by submitting an Internship Application form.

    To explore outside Immigration and Refugee Related Internships, please see this.

    Berlin Program

    To inquire about Berlin Program internship opportunities, please contact the Program Director, Professor Fedtke at jfedtke@tulane.edu. If provided with an opportunity, you may apply by submitting an Internship Application form.