TrustLaw Legal Intern - New York

Job posted by: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 20 Nov 2017

Job Details:

Organisation: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Deadline Fri, 31 Mar 2017

Job type: Temporary

Location: United States

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Organization Name: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Location: 3 Times Square, New York
Duration: 2.5 - 3 months
Starting Date: Flexible. Spring (March - June) and Summer (May - August)

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption worldwide and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programmes that trigger real change and empower people around the world, including free legal assistance, journalism and media training, coverage of the world’s under-reported stories, and the Trust Conference.

We have offices in 14 countries. We speak 35 languages. We work in partnership with journalists, law firms, social enterprises, NGOs and human rights leaders to foster socio-economic progress and strengthen the rule of law around the world.


TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal program. Our mission is to spread the practice of pro bono worldwide to drive social change. We help high-impact NGOs and social enterprises to grow, streamline their operations and navigate complex laws and regulations by connecting them with free legal assistance from the best law firms around the world. We also deliver groundbreaking legal research on key social and policy issues that our members use to support their advocacy and law reform efforts.

Launched in 2010, TrustLaw has grown to include over 4,000 members in 175 countries, including over 750 law firms and in-house legal teams and over 3,500 NGO and social enterprise members.

The Foundation is recruiting a Legal Intern, TrustLaw. The position would be based in New York and working with our Regional Lead and Legal Manager, would provide support to TrustLaw’s activities across the Americas.


  • Interview NGOs and social enterprises to scope their legal projects.
  • Support the recruitment and management of law firm and in-house legal members.
  • Support the generation and promotion of TrustLaw research publications to reach a global audience.
  • Support in the launch of TrustLaw events in the Americas, including legal workshops and clinics.
  • Support the development and maintenance of data collection processes and informational databases.


  • Full-time student in a JD or JD/MBA or JD/MPP program at a US ABA accredited law school, with a history of academic excellence and in good standing.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, fantastic written communication skills and an ability to adapt messages to different audiences.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to multitask and prioritise.
  • The candidate will have a strong interest working with the charitable, philanthropic or social enterprise sector.
  • An early adopter with an ability to quickly pick up new technologies.
  • Experience using Salesforce or advanced Microsoft excel skills desirable.
  • Additional languages, particularly Spanish, would be favourable.

Internship positions are unpaid and students are expected to be enrolled in a course which awards academic credit for the internship experience. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year for spring and summer internships and we have flexibility on exact dates.

To apply for this position, send your CV and covering letter describing how you meet the specifications for this role and what you bring to it to with subject line “U.S. Legal Intern application”.

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