The World Justice Project

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Senior Fellow, FSI


About the World Justice Project:

The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, government accountability, and respect for fundamental rights.
Traditionally, the rule of law has been viewed as the domain of lawyers and judges. But everyday issues of safety, rights, justice, and governance affect us all; everyone is a stakeholder in the rule of law. The World Justice Project (WJP) engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple sectors and professions to advance the rule of law.



The FSI Global Policy fellow will work for a period of 9-10 weeks during summer 2018. As part of a small team, the fellow will provide crucial support to WJP staff in the overall development of various reports and research projects. The fellow will be closely mentored, and will specifically have the opportunity to work on the annual Rule of Law Index (which examines the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice), and the new Mexico Rule of Law Index (which examines rule of law throughout each state in Mexico). In addition to this, the fellow will assist with other country-specific research projects, including research focused on the criminal justice system in Mexico. The fellow will actively participate in all phases of research and report production that occur during their summer with the WJP.

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants from any department may apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Applicants with a strong interest in the rule of law, international experience, and foreign language skills are preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Superior research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work under deadline pressure
  • Experience working independently as well as in group settings
  • Quantitative skills (STATA, Microsoft Excel, etc.) preferred but not required

Language Requirement:

  • Spanish and/or French language fluency preferred but not required.



The internship is located in Washington, D.C.

Visa Requirements:



FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI's Global Policy interns are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends do not exceed $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Academic Program Manager Gina Gonzales directly.


The application deadline is February 7, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be asked to submit:
  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: You may only apply to one FSI Global Policy Internship.


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