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Internship Opportunities


Fall and Spring Semesters: either 10-12 hours per week (partial semester internship) or 37.5 hours per week (full semester internship)
Summers: 37.5 hours per week

Interns at CPR participate in the organization's research and activities to expose them to the organization's cutting-edge advocacy for the increased use of and development of commercial conflict resolution. CPR's work varies--no intern will have the same experience.  Typically interns conduct research and compose content for CPR’s website, CLE courses, publications and articles. Interns also conduct background research for programs by CPR's Industry and Practice Committees, and for Institute-wide surveys and studies, where appropriate.

Recent illustrative projects handled by interns:

  • Writing and reporting on cases, legislation and other ADR developments for CPR's monthly newsletter, Alternatives, which is published on multiple platforms internationally, and for CPR’s blog, CPR Speaks.
  • Assisting in-house counsel, law firm attorneys and CPR executive staff in preparation for panel presentations and speeches by researching legal issues and preparing memoranda on emerging topics in dispute resolution, for example cybersecurity in international arbitration, attorney-client privilege in mediation and the impact of the #MeToo movement on the future of dispute resolution.

  • Conduct legal database research for new developments in ADR cases and legislation, review cases and compile write-ups for noteworthy cases, developments and events, which often are posted on CPR's website, blog and social media.  Interns have written on a wide variety of issues for CPR.
  • Observe an arbitration or mediation.
  • Attend and take minutes at CPR Committee meetings.
  • Write abstracts of books selected for awards from CPR.
  • Attend and assist with CPR's annual meeting.
  • Create hypothetical based on new Bar Association Ethics opinion.
  • Attend oral arguments on ADR issues of importance and draft a report of the argument.

Interested students should email a cover letter, CV/résumé, transcript, original short writing sample (preferably analyzing a case) and a list of 2-3 professional references to:

Russ Bleemer
The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
30 East 33rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016

An interview (preferably in person but at least by telephone) will be required.  Applicants must demonstrate the ability to handle multiple projects and tasks at one time.  Applicants with an interest in conflict prevention and resolution preferred.

Please note the following deadlines for applying for a CPR internship for each semester.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Fall - September 15 (All positions are full.)
Spring - January 15 (Applications are now being considered for Spring 2023.)
Summer – May 15