Shorter Internships can be undertaken on specific projects. The requirements of these projects differ from those stipulated for the General Internship. 

Please read the descriptions below and the FAQs for details.


Maryland Research Project

Interns will be based in the Baltimore office of Advancing Real Change, Inc. (, which seeks to transform the US criminal justice system by providing comprehensive and accurate life history investigation to decision-makers in order to inform the fates of individuals facing the most severe penalties.

Time frame
Interns will be recruited on a rolling basis throughout the year. Each internship should last a minimum of 1-3 months. Longer commitments are welcomed.

The internship is self-funded.

Key tasks
Research, Review of litigation documents, Construction of case theory memos, Assisting in drafting articles for publication. Please note that interns are unlikely to go out in the field or to conduct interviews. The role will be largely office-based.

Essential requirements
  • Completion or commencement of a law degree, or equivalent professional experience
  • Attendance at Amicus Training & membership of Amicus
  • Experience - paid or voluntary - in human rights/legal work & excellent research skills 

How to apply
Please follow the Shorter Internship application process below.

Missouri Project

The Missouri Project is a large research project into the disproportionate application of the death penalty which we hypothesise may call into question the constitutional legitimacy of the regime. The research is intended to form a comprehensive manual which may subsequently be relied upon in strategic litigation. The project is funded by the FCO.

The general background information for the research project is as follows: In the wake of the landmark case of Furman v Georgia in 1972, the constitutional legitimacy of capital punishment came under intense scrutiny. In response to this, a myriad of states enacted statutes to ensure adherence to the US Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

Missouri was one of these states. Its new legal regime limited death penalty cases to a "narrow category of the most serious cases" and demanded the introduction of a proportionality review system. This latter change laid the foundations for this research project's analysis. Missouri's Supreme Court has a rich source of well-documented empirical data pertaining to specific details of capital punishment cases. The project provides the opportunity to further build upon seminal research critically examining the issue of proportionality in death penalty cases.

The internship will require interns going to Missouri for a minimum of one month. Interns will be based at Saint Louis University Law School and generally live in an apartment within walking distance from the university.

The internship is self-funded.

Essential requirements
  • Minimum commitment of one month
  • Law undergraduate/graduate or equivalent professional experience (non-law undergraduates are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Attendance at Amicus Training (held twice annually in central London)
  • Membership of Amicus
  • Valid driving licence
  • Laptop
  • Experience - paid or voluntary - in human rights or charity work

How to apply
Please follow the Shorter Internship application process above.

Further questions?

Once you've checked out the FAQs, if you have any further questions, please contact us. Also, please remember to visit our intern blog to hear about intern experiences first-hand.