What I'm Doing This Summer

Wash U 1L and 2L Summer Opportunities Include Professional Experience in Private Firms and Public Interest Organizations Around the World

Washington University law students, who have just completed their first and second years, are gaining valuable professional practice experience this summer at a variety of international firms and public interest organizations in Africa, Latin America, China, India, and Europe. Through the summer international public interest law program, students have been interning overseas for organizations such as the Legal Aid Board in South Africa for over a decade. In a challenging employment environment, Washington University School of Law is partnering with students in innovative ways to help them secure opportunities that match their career interests. Below is a sampling of what some current law students are doing overseas this summer.

Adam Amdur

Adam Amdur


Summer Opportunity:

Technology Company, Beijing, China

Hometown:

Dallas, Texas

Undergraduate Degree:

Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

I just completed my 2L year at Wash U Law, and this summer, I am working for a technology company in Beijing, China. I look forward to working in an international environment and applying the tools I learned in law school through an international lens.

Ryan Baebler

Ryan Baebler


Summer Opportunity:

Transparency International, Panama City, Panama

Hometown:

Sunset Hills, Missouri

Undergraduate Degree:

Ecosystems Science and Policy & International Studies, The University of Miami

This summer, I am interning in Panama City, Panama, with Transparency International. The global civil society organization works to eradicate corruption in more than 100 countries worldwide. Transparency International fosters transparency through international anti-corruption conventions, prosecutions of corrupt leaders, enforcement of corporate accountability, and advocacy of open-government best practices. I hope to enhance my legal research, drafting, and dispute resolution skills, and to supplement my coursework in U.S. law and policy with comparative law and policy approaches. This internship builds on my prior Peace Corps work in Panama and will aid my long-term goal to work internationally after graduation.

Andrew Bloomberg

Andrew Bloomberg


Summer Opportunity:

Legal Resources Centre, Durban, South Africa

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Undergraduate Degree:

European Studies, New York University

This summer, I am interning at the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Durban, South Africa. The LRC is a nonprofit legal aid organization working throughout South Africa to provide assistance to marginalized individuals and victims of discrimination, through efforts ranging from litigation, to engagement with legal reform efforts, to cross-sector partnerships. I will primarily be working on research, writing, and client outreach at the LRC.

Heather Brown

Heather Brown


Summer Opportunity:

International Federation of Women Attorneys-Ghana, Accra, Ghana

Hometown:

East Cleveland, Ohio

Undergraduate Degree:

Political Science with minor in Comparative Women’s Studies, Spelman College

This summer, I am interning at the International Federation of Women Attorneys-Ghana (FIDA-Ghana) in Accra, Ghana. This public interest organization is dedicated to enhancing the status of women in Ghana. FIDA-Ghana provides legal aid services and advocates for gender sensitive legislation and legal literacy. I am looking forward to working with clients and developing my legal research and writing skills.

Hong Chen

Hong Chen


Summer Opportunity:

Beijing Arbitration Commission in Beijing, China

Hometown:

Guiyang, China

Undergraduate Degree:

English Language and Literature I, Beijing International Studies University; master's degree in International and Intercultural Communication, Peking University

I just completed my 2L year at Wash U Law and this summer, I am interning at Beijing Arbitration Commission in Beijing, China. The arbitration commission is a nonprofit organization. I will participate in the arbitration process and conduct pre-hearing preparations. I will also conduct voluntary mediations under the supervision of assigned attorneys.

Aayah El-Naggar

Aayah El-Naggar


Summer Opportunity:

Prosecutor’s Office, Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands

Hometown:

Somerset, Kentucky

Undergraduate Degree:

International Comparative Studies with concentration in the Middle East, Duke University

I just completed my 2L year at Wash U Law and this summer, I am interning with the Prosecutor’s Office at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands. The tribunal is a hybrid court which tries those responsible for killing the Lebanese Prime Minister in 2005, and applies both international and Lebanese criminal law. It is also the first UN-based international court to charge for the crime of terrorism. I'm looking forward to researching international and domestic laws and living in The Hague, which has been nicknamed the "international city of peace and justice."

Jamie Gray

Jamie Gray


Summer Opportunity:

Legal Aid Board, Durban, South Africa

Hometown:

Waukegan, Illinois

Undergraduate Degree:

Spanish and Psychology, Spelman College

This summer, I am interning at the Legal Aid Board in Durban, South Africa. The public interest organization focuses on providing legal advice and representation to people who cannot afford it in both civil and criminal matters. I believe that this summer will be one of professional and personal growth, and I am looking forward to being abroad. I hope that working with the Legal Aid Board will help me to develop a better understanding of the law and legal practices in South Africa, as well as expand my cultural knowledge in and out of legal settings.

Maddy George

Maddy George


Summer Opportunity:

Lawyers for Human Rights, Durban, South Africa

Hometown:

North Andover, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Degree:

Political Science/Public Policy and Sociology, Vanderbilt University

I just completed my 2L year at Wash U Law, and this summer, I am interning at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR). LHR is a national organization in South Africa that advocates, strengthens, and enforces the rights of asylum-seekers, refugees, and other marginalized categories of migrants in South Africa. I work in the Durban office, which functions as the implementing arm of the UN High Commission for Refugees. I work directly with clients, doing interviews and collaborating with LHR lawyers to provide clients with legal aid. I look forward to gaining a greater legal and cultural awareness of South Africa, as well as of the various countries from which our clients have been forced to flee. I also anticipate this experience will increase my understanding of how these national systems interact on the international level to complement my legal education in international law and global justice.

Zach Getz

Zach Getz


Summer Opportunity:

Lawyers for Human Rights, Durban, South Africa

Hometown:

Philadelphia

Undergraduate Degree:

Journalism, University of Kansas

This summer, I am interning in Durban, South Africa, at Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), an agency dedicated to supporting and protecting refugees and migrants. The office works in conjunction with the UN High Commission on Refugees. One of the largest components of my work with LHR is helping those who have been declined refugee status in South Africa on their appeals. Our office also provides legal advice to those who already have refugee status and those in the refugee-seeking process. My primary responsibilities include interviewing and counseling clients, researching their possible legal claims, and developing legal strategies.

Susie Lake

Susie Lake


Summer Opportunity:

Legal Aid Board, Durban, South Africa

Hometown:

Atlanta, Georgia

Undergraduate Degree:

English, Wesleyan University

This summer, I am interning at the Legal Aid Board in Durban, South Africa. The Legal Aid Board provides legal services to people who cannot afford representation in criminal and civil cases. I’m really looking forward to working abroad and in the public interest field. I am eager to learn about how the legal system works in South Africa, as well as to get experience working directly with clients.

Claire Melvin

Claire Melvin


Summer Opportunity:

Fiscalìa del Medio Ambiente, Santiago, Chile

Hometown:

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Undergraduate Degree:

Sociocultural Anthropology with concentration in Social Work, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

This summer, I am interning at Fiscalìa del Medio Ambiente (FIMA) in Santiago, Chile. FIMA is a nonprofit organization that works in environmental law doing research, litigation, and outreach work. I am excited to gain some real-world legal experience, as well as comparative law experience working in Chile’s legal system. I look forward to learning more about administrative and regulatory law with respect to the environment, and aiding in research and litigation. This internship will give me the opportunity to improve my legal research and writing skills not only in English, but in Spanish as well.

Ashlin Mosby

Ashlin Mosby


Summer Opportunity:

Juan Guzman Foundation in Santiago, Chile

Hometown:

Huntsville, Alabama

Undergraduate Degree:

Latin American Studies and Spanish, Washington University

This summer, I am interning at the Juan Guzman Foundation in Santiago, Chile, assisting a well-known former judge in capacity-building efforts to develop and educate civil society. In particular, we are creating a new bilingual manual on human rights. I am assisting with research on global human rights abuses, including writing, editing, and translation. I look forward to using my Spanish in a professional environment and working with Judge Juan Guzman, a heroic human rights advocate, who has continuously worked to extend human rights and ensure equal access to the justice system.

Mark Phillip

Mark Phillip


Summer Opportunity:

International Justice Mission, Bangalore, India

Hometown:

Hinsdale, Illinois

Undergraduate

Degree:

Political Science, Purdue University

This summer, I am interning in Bangalore, India, with International Justice Mission. The nonprofit organization works to grant relief to victims of human trafficking. The Bangalore field office is specifically focused on victims of human trafficking through bonded labor. Through this experience, I hope to gain a better understanding of the Indian justice system and to increase my writing and advocacy abilities as a lawyer.

Bryan Prentice

Bryan Prentice


Summer Opportunity:

Studio Legale Sutti, Milan, Italy

Hometown:

Topeka, Kansas

Undergraduate

Degree:

English Literature and Italian, University of Kansas

This summer, I am interning at Studio Legale Sutti in Milan, Italy. The firm specializes in commercial and intellectual property law. I look forward to learning more about the law in an international context and about a country and culture that have fascinated me for a long time.

Ben Self

Ben Self


Summer Opportunity:

Zhicheng Public Interest Law, Beijing, China

Hometown:

Louisville, Kentucky

Undergraduate

Degree:

Philosophy and History, Marquette University

This summer, I am interning at Zhicheng Public Interest Law in Beijing, China. The large NGO has several foci, including migrant workers’ rights protection, farmers’ rights protection, criminal legal aid, and environmental issues. I will assist practicing attorneys in reviewing case files and performing research. I hope to gain a better understanding of the Chinese legal system, as well as greater legal research and writing capabilities.

William Shim

William Shim


Summer Opportunity:

Beijing Arbitration Commission in Beijing, China; Army Judge Advocate General's Corps

Hometown:

Columbia, Missouri

Undergraduate

Degree:

Political Science, Washington University

I just completed my 2L year at Wash U Law, and for the first two months of this summer, I will be interning with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Washington, D.C. Through my internship, I will assist with military prosecutions, administrative law, and client legal services. In the latter part of my summer, I will be interning at the Beijing Arbitration Commission, a nongovernmental organization that facilitates the resolution of cross-border, international commercial disputes. I will conduct pre-hearing preparations and observe arbitrations. I hope to learn more about international arbitration (and plan to write an article on the topic), as well as strengthen my Chinese language skills. (As an undergraduate, I twice participated in Washington University’s Summer Chinese language program at Fudan University in Shanghai, China). As a second-year law student, I took a course in Mediation and am very interested in using alternative dispute resolution in my future career in international law.

Kelly Simon

Kelly Simon


Summer Opportunity:

Legal Resources Centre, Durban, South Africa

Hometown:

Columbia, Missouri

Undergraduate

Degree:

Theology and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

I just completed my 2L year at Wash U Law and this summer, I am interning at the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Durban, South Africa. The LRC is a human rights organization that uses the law to secure justice for the marginalized members of South African society. My hope for interning with the LRC is to learn more about the way legal skills can be employed to address the needs of the voiceless and vulnerable. I also hope to explore a comparative framework of the legal systems that interact on an international level so as to think and learn about ways to build capacities for peace in a global community.

Daniela Sonderegger

Daniela Sonderegger


Summer Opportunity:

FH Legal in San Jose, Costa Rica

Hometown:

San Jose, Costa Rica

Undergraduate

Degree:

Political Science, Lehigh University

This summer, I am interning at FH Legal in San Jose, Costa Rica. The firm helps international companies properly set up their businesses in Costa Rica, as well as seize new business opportunities there. I am interested in someday working in an international legal-business environment. I think I will be able to get a lot from this internship because I will be immersed in a completely different legal system. I will also be able to garner experience in a variety of legal fields given the nature of the firm’s work.

  • Maddy George
  • Zachary Getz
  • Ashlin Mosby
  • William Shim