Landesa – Fall Research Intern, open until filled

  Legal Intern
Open to: All law students
Location: Seattle
Time Commitment: 10 hours per week
Application Process: Send resume including GPA or class rank, cover letter, and writing sample to Please include “Graduate Research Intern – Fall 2016” in the subject line.
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Landesa, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Seattle, works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people – those 2.47 billion chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Landesa works with communities, NGOs, corporations, and governments on land-related programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice. Landesa places special emphasis on establishing and protecting land rights for women and inheritance rights for girls to improve family welfare, nutrition, and productivity.

Landesa employs a staff of more than 100 worldwide, including more than 20 senior land tenure specialists with legal, economic, gender, natural resource management, measurement and evaluation, and agricultural expertise. Landesa has offices in Seattle, Washington DC, Yangon, Beijing, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, and Bangalore.


The Graduate Research Intern conducts research and supports the research efforts of others on a variety of topics relevant to Landesa’s work. Examples of past internship assignments include: compiling case studies of large-scale corporate land acquisitions; identifying and analyzing the effects of climate change on women’s land rights; conducting a legal review of Rwanda’s land laws; compiling and evaluating regional treaty information related to women’s property rights; and identifying and analyzing Myanmar’s resettlement practices and laws on land takings and compensation. The Graduate Research Intern will be directly supervised by a land rights specialist. Law students will be supervised by an attorney.

The Landesa Internship and Fellowship Program is part of Landesa’s broader efforts to increase the number of professionals who have the capacity to strengthen land rights for the world’s poorest women and men. In addition to conducting research and working directly with Landesa staff, interns have the opportunity to increase their understanding of Landesa’s methodologies and culture by attending meetings and social events. They also take part in Q&A sessions with Landesa’s land tenure specialists who give presentations on a broad range of subjects such as women’s land rights, project monitoring and evaluation, past and present Landesa projects, and how to pursue a career in the international development field.

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts research on a broad range of topics such as rural land rights in developing countries such as women’s property inheritance, comparative real property law, commercial law, social/economic conditions, international law, inheritance customs, regional treaties, and issues related to the rights of women and girls
  • Prepares memoranda and other written work, presenting and explaining research results
  • Edits and cite-checks work prepared by Landesa staff and partner organizations

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Completed at least one year of graduate school

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Passion for work that seeks to alleviate poverty and foster social justice
  • Commitment to equal rights for women and ability to apply a gender-sensitive approach in his or her work
  • Intellectual curiosity and can-do attitude
  • Strong writing skills in at least one of the following languages: English, Burmese, Mandarin, or Swahili
  • Proficiency using electronic legal and social science research tools and willingness to learn unfamiliar research tools

If Interested: Send resume including GPA or class ranking, cover letter, and writing sample to Please include “Graduate Research Intern – Fall 2016” in the subject line.