Foreign Internships for Pitt JD Students
For JD students, foreign internships provide: excellent international law work experience, incomparable networking opportunities, and immersion in otherwise unfamiliar legal cultures.
There are four components to
All of our JD interns have the opportunity to submit JURIST Dateline reports from their foreign internships.
SELECTING A PROGRAM
Begin by reviewing the comprehensive CILE Foreign Internship Reference Binder which is available from the CILE Office in 318, or from the Library Reference Desk.
Next, assemble the following items and schedule a meeting with Cynthia Yializis CILE Assistant Director: a completed copy of the Foreign Internship Interest Form, a current resume, a statement of interest (no more than two paragraphs long), and a transcript (1Ls should submit an undergraduate transcript as well).
After your meeting with the Assistant Director, you should focus on finalizing your choices and contacting potential internship providers. Since many formal internship programs have early deadlines, you may want to begin your internship search shortly after the start of the fall semester.
The costs associated with
CILE has a small pool of funding and leads to competitions and scholarships
that can help, somewhat, to reduce these costs. Because internships are in
the nature of jobs, as opposed to foreign course work, interns are expected to
independently arrange and manage their financial responsibilities.
OBTAINING ACADEMIC CREDIT AT PITT
Foreign internships grant academic credit according to the registrar’s guidelines. Highlights of the guidelines include: completing forms and submitting time cards. Internship credits can count toward the law school’s professional skills requirement upon completion of required forms and approval of Dean Wang.
At this stage, you will need to learn about your host country's visa requirements, health advice from the Centers for Disease Control, and much more. This is also the time to make sure that all of the necessary forms and waivers required by CILE have been completed and submitted to our administrative office in room 318.
Near the end of the Spring semester, CILE will conduct one group preparation session with all of our interns together for what is typically a very popular and useful opportunity for networking, research training, and other preparations to help assure that you will be ready to work confidently as soon as you arrive for your first day at the internship.
CILE research guide: Preparing to Intern Abroad