What are the estimated costs of living in DC?
Depending on each individual living situation, interns can expect to pay up to $800 monthly for housing. The number of roommates and proximity to central DC make a large difference. Interns may need to pay monthly parking fees for a vehicle.
Does IJM provide housing for DC Interns?
IJM does not have designated intern housing, but we supply incoming interns with several resources to help you with your housing search in the DC area. There is no set requirement for where you live; it is based entirely on availability and personal preference. While cost of living varies greatly due to personal preferences, we do recommend budgeting for at least $1,000 a month. IJM's office is located on the DC Metro system.
Can I fundraise to pay for the costs of a DC IJM internship?
Yes. DC interns can fundraise to cover the cost of their travel to Washington, DC and health insurance.
Does IJM provide stipends or scholarships for interns?
Who will supervise me during my internship?
Each intern will be supervised by someone in their department who will give assignments, monitor projects and provide assistance, support and feedback.
What hours do interns and fellows work?
DC interns work a traditional 40-hour workweek, Monday–Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Interns receive five personal days per session, in addition to staff holidays and retreats. Schedules may be adjusted for academic commitments.
International interns and fellows work a traditional 40-hour work week, Monday–Friday. Interns will receive 15 days of accrued vacation time per year in addition to all national holidays and staff retreats.
What is the dress code at the DC headquarters?
The dress code is business professional. This means that all IJM staff and interns are required to wear a business suit.
Is there a minimum age for the D.C. internships?
No, but applicants must hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. and have completed at least two years of college or applicable work experience.
Do DC interns have to be current students?
No. Many IJM interns are recent college or graduate school graduates.
Is there a minimum age for the field office programs?
Applicants should be over 21 and have an undergraduate degree or substantial work experience.
Can I fundraise to pay for the costs of an international IJM program?
Yes, international interns and fellows can fundraise for their costs, which include training week expenses (airfare, lodging, meals, local transportation), airfare to/from destination country, visa fees/postage, immunizations/vaccinations, and travel insurance.
Does IJM provide stipends or scholarships for interns and fellows?
What is the dress code at IJM’s international offices?
The dress code varies depending on the local culture. However, all legal interns will be expected to dress modestly in the culture and have at least one formal business suit. During training week, all interns will be dressed in business formal for most of the days.
Do I need any prior experience or related coursework in human rights or international law?
Although prior experience or related coursework is preferable, there are no specific requirements.
When will I know what country will be my assignment?
IJM will specify the country in which we desire to place the intern or fellow in the offer letter.
Where are the IJM offices located?
The IJM offices are located in large cities where there is a significant expatriate community within the vicinity.
Field Office Locations:
Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia
India: Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai (Bombay)
Latin America: Guatemala, Bolivia
Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Thailand, Manila, Cebu and the Pampanga region.
How long should my writing sample be?
Writing samples should be two pages, single- or double-spaced, for internship applicants and four pages, single- or double-spaced for fellowship applicants.
What should I write my writing sample about?
Your writing sample can be any piece of work that you feel clearly demonstrates your communication skills. Typically, applicants will submit a portion of an essay written for a college class. Legal applicants are asked to submit a legal writing sample.
What if the individuals writing my references are currently in another country?
If the individuals writing your references are currently overseas and unable to mail you a recommendation letter, please ask them to send the recommendation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 703-465-5499, Attn: Intern and Fellows Department.
What if my application, reference letters or transcripts arrive late?
Your application is not complete until all required documents arrive. IJM cannot make an offer until the application is complete.
Does IJM have an early decision process?
If candidates need an early decision due to academic or work restrictions, please note this in the application. IJM makes early decisions on a case by case basis.
What if I want to apply for more than one type of internship at the same time?
Candidates only need to submit one application packet, but will need to submit the application form specific to each internship or fellowship type. Please note in the cover letter which positions are of interest. For example, an applicant interested in both DC and international internships should fill out the DC internship application and the international internship application. There is no need to submit duplicate copies of the additional materials that complete the application packet.
Does IJM help secure visas for international internships?
Those hoping to work internationally need to have the appropriate passport and visa(s), or be confident they can attain these documents, both for training week in Washington, DC, and for their international placement. While it is the candidate's responsibility to obtain the relevant visa(s), IJM staff will provide assistance in the process and provide any necessary letters of verification for a visa application.
Are applicants from nations outside the United States treated differently in the application process?
No. IJM routinely selects interns who are not from the United States.
What are the application requirements if I have previously applied for an IJM internship?
If you have previously applied with IJM within the past year, you are able to use the transcript, reference letters and writing sample of that application for a second time. If any of this information has changed, please submit your updated information. In all cases, please send an updated application form, addendum, cover letter and resume.
Is my application due by the deadline date or should it be postmarked by that date?
Applications should arrive to IJM by the deadline date.
When is the earliest I should send in my application?
Applicants may submit their completed applications one month prior to the posted deadline.
To whom should I address my application?
Application materials should be addressed to the Intern and Fellows Department.
Does IJM accept married couples as interns and fellows?
Yes. Several of our current international interns and fellows are serving in the field office with their spouse. However, please note that you must apply individually.
Can I serve with IJM after I take the bar and before I start at my law firm?
Yes. IJM generally has openings for lawyers who can serve for a period of nine months to one year.
Do I have to be currently enrolled in law school for the legal intern programs?
All applicants must have completed at least their first year of law school. Graduates of law school are also considered.
What if I have to start later or end earlier than the session dates?
Interns and fellows are not permitted to miss any portion of the pre-scheduled training week. DC Interns are not able to begin later than the session start. However, international interns and fellows are permitted to deploy anywhere between one day and one month following their training week. For both positions, there can be some flexibility with the session end date to accommodate academic or business needs.
If I am selected for an IJM international internship position, will this allow me to have direct contact in counseling victims of sex trafficking, slavery and other forms of oppression?
All interns and fellows work closely with IJM staff in assisting our clients. Thus, they receive exposure to the issues involved in rescuing and providing a new life to victims of oppression. However, for security reasons, interns and fellows will only have contact with victims and clients when accompanied by trained IJM professionals. Also, due to language barriers, IJM relies on its national staff and aftercare partners to provide direct counseling.
Does IJM only select interns who are law students or have an interest in attending law school?
No. Although IJM internships provide a great experience for those considering a career in law, the internship program is designed to benefit those pursuing a wide variety of careers. The majority of IJM employees are not lawyers and most interns are not directly involved in legal casework. IJM seeks quality applicants from all types of educational backgrounds and skill sets.
What is the difference between an "internship" and a "fellowship"?
IJM offers three types of internships:
Washington DC Internships: Semester-based positions for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines and early career professionals
Field Office Internships: 10-12 month positions for recent college graduates of all majors, social workers, lawyers and others
Summer Legal Internships: Summer legal internships for current law students (June - August)
Fellowships are 10-12 month positions for experienced social workers, lawyers and business professionals. Most fellows serve in one of IJM's field offices; occasionally, fellowships are available in Washington, DC.
Where is the IJM office located?
The IJM office is in Arlington, Virginia and is within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro station.