The World Justice Project
FSI Faculty Mentor:
About the World Justice Project:
The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, government accountability, and respect for fundamental rights.
Traditionally, the rule of law has been viewed as the domain of lawyers and judges. But everyday issues of safety, rights, justice, and governance affect us all; everyone is a stakeholder in the rule of law. The World Justice Project (WJP) engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple sectors and professions to advance the rule of law.
The FSI Global Policy fellow will work for a period of 10 weeks during the summer of 2021. As part of a small team, the fellow will provide crucial support to the WJP’s research team in the overall development of various reports. Specifically, the fellow will work closely with their mentor to assist with report production for the annual WJP Rule of Law Index (which examines the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice) in 140 countries. In addition to this, the fellow will assist with other country-specific reports and thematic projects.
The main responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct research to identify potential qualified respondents to contribute to the Rule of Law Index;
- Contribute to the data analysis, research, writing, editing, and design of the WJP Rule of Law Index annual report series;
- Perform data processing and provide support to maintain a CRM database of experts in over 140 countries;
- Edit and proofread WJP publications, including country-specific reports and thematic projects;
- Assist with preparations for meetings and presentations, including producing drafts of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and preparing and assembling outreach materials for external distribution;
- Provide general administrative support for WJP projects, including organizational work in Microsoft Excel and Word; assist with Index calendar management and logistics for travel and meetings, mass mailings, and other office and logistical support duties;
- Undertake rule of law research and analysis as necessary.
Eligibility and Skills Required:
The internship is open to continuing undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants from any department may apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Applicants with a strong interest in the rule of law, international experience, and foreign language skills are preferred. Additional requirements include:
- Strong research background with superior writing and proofreading skills;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (especially Excel), with preference given to those with prior experience/proven ability managing large databases;
- Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently and ability to give and receive feedback;
- Highly dependable with the ability to work in a team-oriented environment;
- Excellent problem solving skills, and attention to detail;
- Preferably at least one year of professional experience, including internships;
- Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
Proficiency in another language is not required; however, preference will be given to applicants with Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese language skills.
For context, the intern will respond to emails from expert respondents during data collection for the WJP Rule of Law Index in the language of proficiency. They will also conduct outreach phone calls to potential respondents in that language. Depending on proficiency levels, interns may also have the opportunity to edit questions included in foreign language surveys.
The internship host is located in Washington, D.C. If travel is not possible by the internship dates it may be conducted remotely.
FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI's Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Academic Program Manager Patrick Laboon directly.
Applicants will be asked to submit:
- Application Form
- Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
- Unofficial Transcript
Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.