Summer Internship Program

CERL’s 2022 Summer Internship Program

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CERL’s nine-week summer internship program prepares law, graduate, and undergraduate students interested in the national security field by providing an ethics and rule of law foundation so that future perspectives, leadership, and decision-making are always rooted in the rule of law. Our interns help further CERL’s mission through research, writing, and conference planning, and gain valuable insights through conversations with national security experts on the critical issues facing our nation today.

CERL is a non-partisan institute that preserves and promotes ethics and the rule of law in national security, democratic governance, conflict, and war. CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics and unites scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to probe critical issues through the lens of ethics and the rule of law. Using the tools of interdisciplinary engagement and open dialogue, CERL experts answer the hard questions that arise when the rule of law is threatened or violated, and provides guidance that helps safeguard U.S. democracy. Read more about CERL’s mission.

CERL interns work in teams under the supervision of CERL’s leadership and have the opportunity to:

  • Research critical ethical and rule of law issues affecting the United States today
  • Help plan CERL’s conferences, workshops, and public programs
  • Publish original works for CERL’s blog, The Rule of Law Post
  • Help prepare CERL policy briefings and contribute to CERL academic publications
  • Interact with leading academics and practitioners in the national security field and CERL Executive Board members

From CERL’s 2021 Summer Interns …

“The CERL internship was an incredible opportunity to collaborate with people from an array of different backgrounds and disciplines. In addition, it provided extensive insight into the ways that national security professionals in the United States approach and view international issues.”—Morgan Blomberg, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, J.D. program

“Interning at CERL last summer, I had the unique opportunity to collaborate with and learn from world renowned experts as well as contribute to pertinent national security law research that I believe can create positive change. As an undergraduate, I gained invaluable mentorship and insight into the legal field that has impacted my career path.”—Luke Elegant, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, B.S. program

“I am thankful for the ability to hone my research skills and learn more about important topics through work with my fellow interns, as well as the experts and practitioners that CERL interns have the ability to interact with. I gained colleagues, skills, knowledge, and connections for my future in ways that only CERL can give.”—Megan Frankenberger, Fletcher School at Tufts University, M.A. program

“My experience as a CERL intern was both challenging and incredibly rewarding. As a student interested in national security work, I loved that the internship put me in direct connection with so many national security experts on a range of key issues from FOIA litigation to the law of war to torture policy. Learning directly from these experts immensely enhanced my perspective on Guantánamo Bay but also on so much of American security policy. I’ve felt more equipped to engage in conversations about national security and to express opinions on current U.S. security policy and how it might be improved. In addition, contributing to the working group’s report as a research assistant helped hone my research, writing, and analytic skills.”—Natalie Heller, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, B.S. program

“During my internship with CERL, I carried out legal research in a variety of legal fields, including international humanitarian law, national security law, international human rights, and the jurisprudence on prisoners’ rights, which was all particularly valuable for me given my interest in international criminal law.”—Iqra Ishaq, Boston University School of Law, J.D. program

“The CERL internship was an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to be mentored by experts in the national security field and engage in hands-on work that will make a difference long after the internship is over. I was able to grow as a professional and connect with amazing individuals during my time with CERL.”—Mihir Mulloth, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, M.P.A. program

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