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Internship Opportunities

We are deeply appreciative of the contributions of law clerks, interns and volunteers; our work would not be possible without them. Please check back for openings!

Law Clerks:

CGRS encourages law students to apply for our unpaid clerkships during the summer and academic year. Law clerks are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work, collaborating closely with CGRS lawyers in projects that might include research and writing on key legal issues, developing training and technical assistance materials, or helping with international human rights projects.

CGRS is currently accepting applications for the fall on a rolling basis until September 14, 2018. Our formal announcement includes more information about the position and the application process.

Undergraduate and Recent Graduate Interns:

CGRS hires motivated individuals (undergraduates or recent graduates) for un-paid non-legal internships year round, generally for 8-12 week periods of time. Our interns usually help us with country conditions and human rights related research, as well as other CGRS general projects. Our spring and fall interns usually work anywhere from 2 to 5 days per week, depending on the individual. Our summer interns, however, are generally full-time.

CGRS is currently accepting applications for the fall on a rolling basis until August 31, 2018. We are seeking strong candidates for both our refugee and human rights research internship and our communications and development internship.


CGRS hires un-paid volunteer attorneys for legal internships through the fall, winter and spring, generally for part-time or full-time positions. Cover letters, CVs, writing samples and 3 references can be sent to with the subject line "Volunteer Attorney Application." Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Dedicated and motivated volunteers play a key role in our work to defend refugees fleeing persecution. While the work varies depending on the skills and interests of each individual, volunteers with CGRS generally take on tasks performing vital human rights/country conditions research, identifying expert witnesses, conducting legal research, and working on development and communications to manage our social media and website. In the past, law students, undergraduate students and recent graduates, and attorneys have volunteered with CGRS.

CGRS will offer a webinar on conducting human rights and country conditions research relevant to asylum cases in May 2018. Topics covered will include a review of the main elements of asylum and the purpose of country conditions memoranda, best practices for conducting country conditions research, and the requirements for those interested in getting involved in our volunteer program. This webinar is required to participate in CGRS’s volunteer program and is offered on a quarterly basis. Check back soon for a link to RSVP.

Pro Bono Attorney Opportunities

If you are a pro bono attorney and want to take on an asylum case, please contact the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR).

Visiting Scholars

CGRS has been privileged to host attorneys, scholars, adjudicators, and other visitors from around the world as part of our Visiting Scholar program. For more information, contact us by email.

The Refugee and Human Rights Clinic

Students at UC Hastings can receive credit for working with CGRS by enrolling in the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. For application forms and more information about the clinic, click here.

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