Karamah seeks law student interns for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Internship positions are typically unpaid; however, students may earn credit hours from their respective law schools or seek fellowships to fund their work with Karamah. Law students who are available to volunteer 12 to 15 hours or more per week during the academic year, or a minimum of 30 hours during the summer, are eligible to apply. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis. Interns will be required to travel to both our Rockville, MD and Washington D.C. offices as the office requires.
KARAMAH, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, is a U.S. based non-profit organization that derives its name from the Arabic term “Karamah”, which means dignity. KARAMAH’s vision and mission are informed by the view that a just society values the informed participation of its members through the pursuit of knowledge, access to opportunities, and equity among all “children of Adam”, regardless of gender or other differences. Through education, legal outreach, and advocacy, KARAMAH contributes to the understanding and promotion of human rights worldwide, particularly the rights of Muslim women under Islamic and civil law.
The study of Islamic and American Jurisprudence is central to all of KARAMAH’s initiatives. The lawyers and scholars at KARAMAH stay abreast of the latest developments in Islamic law around the world in addition to being experts in classical Islamic Jurisprudence. They use this knowledge to empower women in a variety of communities and regions, help women in the US obtain justice in their faith communities and in the courts, and help Muslim women better understand their faith. Interning at KARAMAH is a fantastic opportunity for law students to expand their knowledge about the law and help make positive change at the same time.
Intern Duties and Responsibilities
KARAMAH provides direct legal representation to victims of domestic violence in court proceedings on issues of family law and related matters throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. Legal interns will work under the supervision of a KARAMAH staff attorney on a full range of family law matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and protective orders. In addition legal interns will help develop introductory legal curricula for specific programs, and provide support on many of KARAMAH’s programs and initiatives. Tentative projects include researching domestic and international laws that concern Muslim women, researching current law reviews and journals for current topics related to Muslim women, and providing internal legal support to the organization.
Interns should be currently enrolled in law school or recent law school graduated. Interns are expected to have superior communications skills, experience with legal research, and a high attention to detail. Interns should have an interest in Family Law, Domestic Violence, and/or Human Rights. Experience in Islamic Studies is preferred but not required.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter indicating when you are available to intern, and how many hours per week you are available. A full application includes a cover letter, resume, transcript, a 5 page-writing sample, and contact information for two references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until all positions are filled.