International Externships

Each year, Florida State University College of Law students further their education and gain practical experience with international legal issues by enrolling in international externships. Students may receive academic credit for participating in an international externship (generally referred to as an internship by the host) at a government or not-for-profit organization where the student engages in legal work supervised by an attorney. Below is a non-exhaustive list of international tribunals and organizations that focus on issues of cross-national import, including human rights, environmental concerns, and trade matters. All have established internship programs and many have hosted FSU law students. Students seeking international experience also may extern at domestic tribunals and non-profit organizations within a foreign country, for example the Botswana Court of Appeal, where two FSU students usually extern every year. While not guaranteed, for the past several years the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights has been able to provide financial assistance to students doing international externships promoting human rights. To enroll in an international externship, a student first should meet with one of the College’s externship faculty to discuss credits, work schedule, type of assignment, on site supervision, and prerequisite coursework. Next, the student should apply directly to the site(s) where he or she seeks to extern.  Once accepted, the student may enroll in an externship, unless it is a new placement. If the placement is a new one for the College, the student and externship faculty will jointly prepare a proposal to the College’s Curriculum Committee which must be approved before enrollment is possible.