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Deadline: 03/03/2023

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Center’s 2023 Summer Internship Program. The Summer Internship Program offers professional and graduate level students an opportunity to further CERL’s efforts to promote and protect the rule of law in national and international security practice.  Summer interns will interact with national security experts on the critical and cutting-edge problems facing our nation today.
CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law in 21st century conflict, warfare and national security.  CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in times of war and contemporary transnational conflicts. CERL unites scholars and policymakers from various fields in a multi-disciplinary conversation on some of the most challenging issues of our time.

CERL Interns will work in teams under the supervision of CERL’s leadership and have the opportunity to:

  • Publish original works for CERL’s blog – The Rule of Law Post
  • Research critical ethical and rule of law issues affecting the United States today. Past research topics included the influence of dark money, disinformation and cyber-attacks on democratic elections, kinetic and non-kinetic grey zone conflicts, the privatization of the military, the weaponization of outer space and using law to fight terror.
  • Assist in all aspects of planning CERL’s conferences, workshops and public programs. Past events include Democracy in the Crosshairs: Cyber Interference, Dark Money and Foreign Influence, Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality, and Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism and National Security.
  • Contribute to CERL’s academic publications
  • Help prepare policy briefings and media appearances by CERL staff and board members
  • Interact with leading academics and practitioners including CERL Executive Board members, in the national security field.

To apply, click hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 3, 2023, and thereafter only as space permits.

Preferred Qualifications

Application Components:

  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume
  • Transcript
  • Writing sample
  • Names and contact information of two referees


  • Undergraduate students in philosophy, political science, international relations and other related fields interested in examining the intersection of rule of law values, applied ethics, and national security
  •  Applicants are required to seek funding from their home institution or from outside sources; stipends will be provided on a limited basis for students who are unable to obtain funding
  • If accepted into the program, international students are responsible for securing the proper work visas


Research Offering Type

Independent Research, Internship, Research Assistant



Undergraduate School

College, LPS, Wharton



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