[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----USA----internship available
rhalperi at mail.smu.edu
Fri Jul 23 16:00:51 CDT 2004
One internship is available, January - May, 2005
Introduction for prospective Interns
The International Justice Project (IJP) Internship Programme offers an
unparalleled hands-on experience for students from around the world to
immerse themselves in the interdisciplinary realities of capital
Internships are flexibly arranged depending upon intern preferences and
Project requirements; 12 weeks is the recommended minimum. Any less and
the intern will not be in a position to serve as a fully-productive
team-member or see self-initiated projects through to fruition.
For more information on the IJP, please see Overview section.
Flexibility, conscientiousness and emotional maturity are essential
qualities. The Project's work reflects the dynamic and
emotionally-exhausting realities of the punishment's utilisation; a
routine workload is rare, but all interns will impact the Project's work
and development significantly.
A rudimentary understanding of the US legal system is required. However,
this prerequisite need not be extensive, but a prospective intern must be
familiar with the basics.
The work is both emotionally demanding and time sensitive, therefore, all
interns must be capable of working under pressure.
Team work is an essential component of the internship. All interns are
expected to work as a team member, whilst demonstrating individual
initiative without constant supervision.
All members of the team perform a wide variety of tasks, ranging from
mundane responsibilities to the complex work of an active case.
While the IJP accepts students of law, we also actively encourage those
with a strong interest in international affairs, international politics,
human rights or criminology to apply.
How to Apply
To apply for an internship, submit the following materials:
A cover letter, detailing your interest in, and qualifications for, an
A CV/resume with at least two recommendation sources.
Within your submission please incorporate answers to the following
Why do you believe you are qualified for this internship position?
How does this internship relate to your professional goals?
What classes, if any, have you taken in international law, capital
punishment, human rights, or other applicable areas of study?
Please send the above information to:
International Justice Project
6535 Manet Ct.
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Or e-mail the information to:
ijpscruggs at aol.com
If you have any questions please contact us at:
(+1)703 897 7785
or fax at
(+1)703 897 5116
When Should You Apply
Applications are taken on a rolling basis, however it is strongly
recommended that you begin the application process at least three months
before you would want to start the internship. This time frame should be
extended for those potential interns who anticipate visa difficulties.
Where is the Internship
Accepted interns will work in the IJP office, located in Woodbridge, VA.
Woodbridge is in Northern Virginia, approximately 30 minutes drive south
of Washington, DC.
Costs & Stipend
A small stipend may be available.
The interns are expected to arrive with some requisite knowledge. The
following list of books will expose students to the issues involved in the
IJPs daily work.
The Death Penalty in General
Bedau, H.A. (Editor), The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies.
Oxford University Press. Oxford. 1997
Schabas, W.S., The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law,
2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. 1997
Seminal Case Decisions on the IJP website.
Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
Equal Protection: Consular Assistance and Criminal Justice Procedures in
the USA, The International Justice Project and Human Rights Research,
Juvenile Death Penalty: Representation Resources 2002 (Supplement)
International Justice Project and ABA Juvenile Justice Center.
Mental Retardation/ Mental Illness
Atkins v Virginia decision and the European Union brief in McCarver v
Beyond Reason: The Death Penalty and Offenders with Mental Retardation,
Perske, Robert, Unequal Justice?: What Can Happen When Persons with
Retardation or Other Developmental Disabilities Encounter the Criminal
Justice System, Abingdon Press, 1991.
Because the applications are accepted on a rolling basis, they are
reviewed upon receipt. After receiving the initial package, we will ask
some applicants to submit writing samples. Applicants who appear to
fulfill our criteria will be interviewed and their references checked.
Final determinations will then be made. It is important to remember that
we accept interns throughout the year. Applicants might be rejected, not
because they are poorly qualified, but rather because all intern positions
The responsibility for obtaining a visa to the United States will be the
responsibility of the accepted intern.
Fluency in English is required. Spanish, French and/or other languages are
recommended, but not required.
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