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Internship Opportunities at the Foundation for Law and International Affairs

I am delighted to share a call for internship issued by the Foundation for Law and International Affairs, an organization I am a proud member of.

FLIA Internship Opportunity

We are looking for interns from all over the world.

Who we are and what we do

FLIA is an independent nonprofit organization established in Washington, DC in 2015. As an educational and consultative think tank, FLIA is devoted to promoting global communication, cooperation, and education in the field of law and international affairs. The areas on which FLIA focuses include comparative law and culture, international crime and judicial assistance, courts and tribunals, social responsibility and sustainable development, global economics and world trade, international relations and multilateral diplomacy, global security and governance, and human rights. FLIA conducts various programs such as FLIA Conference, FLIA Dialogue, FLIA Insight, FLIA Youth, FLIA Publication, and FLIA Blog. 

Why be a FLIA intern

If you are seeking to start a professional path in the area of law and international affairs, obtain more practical knowledge and experience, and tap into your potential by working on recently launched programs, an internship with FLIA could be the right fit for you. 
What you can gain from FLIA is the opportunity to work with passionate young colleagues and world-class professionals from all over the globe, find inspiration from our culture to become experts and mentors, and make connections that you cannot make anywhere else. FLIA offers certain training sections to develop your knowledge and skills. There will be potential opportunities for official positions in FLIA and recommendations for graduate programs, internships, research assistantships, and other job opportunities. FLIA internships are part-time, voluntary positions. 

Who we are looking for

We are looking for young professionals, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students who are studying or working at the intersection of law and international affairs. Candidates with multilingual skills are preferred.

What you can work on

· Research Program on Establishing a Social Credit System in China
The Chinese government is currently striving to establish a social credit system nationwide to ensure sound and healthy social and economic development. The construction of a social credit system in China is an important method aimed at perfecting the socialist market economy system and innovating social governance. The 12th Five-Year Planning Outline of the Economic and Social Development put forward the overall requirement of “accelerating the construction of a social credit system.” One main principle for social credit system construction is to progressively establish and complete credit law and regulation systems. A research assistant will conduct background research related to the program and do written translation if needed.

· Research Program on the Belt and Road Initiative
The Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 to chart out new territories for international cooperation. China invites other countries and regions to jointly build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The Initiative is essentially a new open platform on which countries in Eurasia and beyond can strength economic and cultural cooperation to achieve common prosperity. This program intends to issue public opinion reports on the Belt and Road Initiative. In addition to written translation, a research assistant will collect news, academic articles, and other materials that might be useful to scholars and practitioners interested in the Initiative.

· Research Program on Refugee Policy in China
China has acceded to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Despite its accession to the treaties, however, China’s domestic law on refugees and asylum is still under development. At the same time, the number of refugees and asylum seekers coming to China has gradually increased in the past two decades. As of March 2014, there were 301,448 refugees and asylum seekers registered in China with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As China’s economic strength and political influence continue to grow, it is inevitable that more and more refugees and asylum seekers would be attracted to China. Thus, balancing its legal obligation under the treaties and the state’s own security interests will become a major challenge for China. This program seeks to provide policy recommendations on a wide range of issues relating to the regulation of refugees and asylum seekers in China.

Duration and Location 

The internship program starts on June 9, 2017, with a minimum commitment of three months. The average time commitment will be 20 hours per week.

Contact Us

If you can contribute your time, knowledge, leadership, and thoughtfulness to the above-mentioned projects and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email your cover letter and résumé to by June 5th. Bolster your resume by working with scholars and practitioners from all over the world!

The Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization mandated to promote academic and public discourse at the intersection of law and international affairs. The core vision of FLIA is to promote international cooperation and public dialogue through the development of new ideas and collaboration with various academic, governmental and civil actors. . . . Our mission is to facilitate international scholarly activities, conduct high quality, independent research and policy analysis, engage in public education and awareness-building programs, as well as amplify the voice of the rising generation.


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