Duration: Summer 2019 (May/June – August/Sept)

Work Hours: 40 hours per week

Candidacy Requirements:

Islamic Relief USA (Alexandria, VA) is looking for a capable, self-motivated, and goal-oriented law student with an interest in public interest, nonprofit, or international humanitarian law for our 2019 Summer Internship Program at our headquarters in Alexandria, VA. IRUSA’s internship program offers a unique opportunity to be part of a faith-based nonprofit organization that is ranked among the top 150 US charities, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  IRUSA has also been awarded the 4-star charity award by Charity Navigator for four consecutive years for our fiscal administration.

IRUSA strives to alleviate poverty and suffering wherever it is found, regardless of gender, race or creed. Our Disaster Response Team provides emergency shelter and disaster relief throughout the US. Domestically, we also work in coalition to provide refugee resettlement assistance and financial management training to impoverished individuals. Around the globe, we work with international partners to implement development projects in multiple sectors, including education, income generation, orphan support, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation.

Overview:

We are seeking a Legal Intern interested in working in the IRUSA Legal Department. The intern will conduct research and write on subjects relating to international humanitarian law, draft internal documents and templates, and assist in the day-to-day work of an active legal department in a nonprofit organization. The Legal Department provides guidance on statutory and regulatory compliance, sanctions adherence, reviews all organizational contracts and grant agreements, and provides legal counsel on various organizational initiatives. The Legal Department also engages with sector-specific working groups to advocate for policies and laws that foster effective engagement by civil society.

Qualifications:

  • A law student having completed at least one year of law school.
  • Strong interest and relevant course work in public interest law, nonprofit law, and international humanitarian law preferred.
  • Experience with online research methods, excluding Lexis and Westlaw.
  • Strong research and writing skills. Experience drafting transactional documents a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to commit 40 hours per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and draft a guidance memo exploring a spectrum of approaches to political neutrality in conflict zones by a variety of INGOs.
  • Conduct research and draft memorandum on various topics related to non-profit operation and governance.
  • Draft and revise transactional documents for the organization.
  • Contribute to the drafting and revision of internal policy documents.
  • May be asked to review contracts and grant agreements with attorney oversight.
  • Provide overall administrative support to the department.

Application:

To apply, please submit the following: A one-page cover letter describing your qualifications and interests in the position, your resume, and a short writing sample. Email materials to dsikorski@irusa.org by April 12, 2019. Please include “Legal Internship” in the subject line.