The Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA), an international agency of the inter-American system headquartered in Santiago de Chile, welcomes applications for a pro bono internship to join the team that is conducting a study on the practice of law in Latin America.

The study is being developed in the context of the project “Improving Access to Civil Justice in Latin America,” which JSCA is executing with the technical and financial support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

The goal of the study is to describe the current exercise of law in Latin America, explore ways in which the profession is practiced in the region and explore all of the facets that are included in the professional work of attorneys.  This includes the areas in which they work and their characteristics and normative, ethical, training and educational aspects of the practice of law.

The internship is a practical training opportunity that brings together learning and work by including the intern in JSCA’s team of professionals so that he or she can collaborate on a specific research project. In this case, the intern will participate in the research process of the aforementioned project, which will involve working on the information gathering stage through the gathering of data from various sources, including interviews and surveys, organizing them and then working on the study report in addition to other activities developed during the internship period.

The internship is open to current students with availability in their schedules or university graduates. Interns may be Chilean or foreign nationals with residency in Chile who have studied in the social sciences in fields such as law, journalism, political science or sociology.

The application requirements are listed below:

  • Research experience
  • The ability to draft documents
  • Medium-advanced user of desktop software, mainly Word and Web browsers
  • Good spoken and written English (preferred)

Interns may work 35 or 20 hours per week. All internships are completed at JSCA’s headquarters, and interns will receive a transportation stipend. Internships can last from 3 to 7 months, depending on the intern’s preferences.
In addition to meeting the specific goals for this project, interns can acquire knowledge linked to JSCA’s areas of work and research and obtain experience working in an international agency by collaborating on JSCA projects and daily activities.
The institution will issue a certificate at the end of the internship based on the individual’s performance and the goals met.

Interested parties must submit the application form prior to January 22, 2018. Once the form is received and the Center has confirmed that the candidate meets the application requirements, JSCA will contact the applicant to schedule the personal interview. The internship will begin on March 5, 2018.