Interning at NatLaw

NatLaw is happy to offer various types of internships to those with a strong interest in international development work and commercial law reform. NatLaw has the capacity to retain a total of two interns at any given time during the year and will advertise openings for any positions here.

Current Opportunities: NatLaw is currently not accepting applications for Summer 2018.

Interns should have a strong interest in international development work and commercial law reform, excellent writing skills, and great attention to detail. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the work of NatLaw on this website and, when applying, note any international experience and specific interest in relevant areas of commercial law in their cover letters. Please read the information on this page for more information on NatLaw’s internship opportunities and submit all necessary documents with your application.

The deadline to apply for these positions is April 16, 2018.

Educational Requirements:

Interns applying to work at NatLaw should be in the process of completing or have recently completed a Masters (LL.M) or Law Degree (J.D. or the foreign equivalent). In certain situations, NatLaw will also consider those in the last two years of their undergraduate education (or the foreign equivalent) or those who possess specific skills and/or experience related to the work of NatLaw (e.g. translation interns).

Application Deadlines and Employment Periods:

If NatLaw has open positions, NatLaw will accept applications to consider new interns three times during the year. However, an intern may be kept for more than one period depending on his or her performance and the current office needs. Employment periods and application deadlines are as follows (for summer internships, see specific application deadline above):

  • Spring employment: Mid-January — Late April. Application deadline is November/December of the prior year.
  • Summer employment: Mid-May — Mid-August. Application deadline is March/April.
  • Fall employment: Early September — Mid-December. Application deadline is July/August.

Application Requirements:

Applicants must submit the following to be considered for an internship:

  • Cover Letter – must include relevant coursework and/or experience as it relates to the work of NatLaw
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample

Applicants with fluency/knowledge of Spanish will be given preference and such fluency should be noted in the cover letter. Other languages will be considered. If Spanish fluency is noted, applicants are encouraged to also include a writing sample in Spanish. Interns should also note if they qualify for work under the Federal Work Study Program (see Payment Policy below for more information).

Terms of Work:

Interns are required to work at least 20 hours per week. During Summer Session, Federal Work Study Interns may work up to 40 hours per week. If selected, interns may choose their start and end dates within the time periods outlined above. Interns may also choose their own weekly work schedules as long as they establish some sort of consistency.

Payment Policy:

NatLaw offers both paid and unpaid internships depending on project funding at the time of the internship. As a 501(c)(3) institution, NatLaw qualifies as an employer under the U.S. Federal Work Study Program. Because of this, preference will be given to those interns that qualify for the Federal Work Study Program through the University of Arizona or other educational institution that offers something similar. When applying, potential interns should note whether or not they qualify for this program.

Application Submission and Questions:

All applicants should submit the documents listed above in a single PDF file to by midnight of the deadline date. All questions regarding internships at NatLaw may also be sent there.


NatLaw reserves the right to make changes to this policy as necessary at any point in time.