Law Intern for TCP’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment

About TCP

Created out of the belief that we must cast aside the labels that divide us in order to keep our democracy strong, The Constitution Project (TCP) brings together policy experts and legal practitioners from across the political spectrum to foster consensus-based solutions to the most difficult constitutional challenges of our time. TCP seeks to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system and to strengthen the rule of law through scholarship, advocacy, policy reform and public education initiatives. Established in 1997, TCP is based in Washington, D.C.

About the Task Force

The goal of the Task Force is to bring to the American people a comprehensive understanding of what is known and what may still be unknown about the past and current treatment of detainees by the U.S. government, as part of the counterterrorism policies of the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations.  The Task Force will help policymakers and the public confront alleged past abuses—including torture and cruel treatment—by following the facts.  The Task Force will review available information, determine where the holes are and then pass the baton to the administration, Congress and ultimately—to the American people—who will determine what steps should be taken next.

The members of the Task Force represent a full spectrum of political views and a wide range of professional backgrounds—legal, public policy, intelligence, military, law enforcement, religious, academic, public service, and medical.

The staff, working under the direction of TCP’s president and the Executive Director of the Task Force, will carry out factual investigation, legal and policy research and assist in the development of the Task Force report and recommendations. 


  • Supporting TCP staff by attending and/or transcribing interviews conducted by Task Force staff.
  • Legal and non-legal research in support of senior staff members.
  • Assisting in the revision of draft sections of the report.


  • Superior academic performance.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas of law—national security law, military law, public international law, the law of armed conflict, human rights law, and/or U.S. law as it pertains to detainee treatment issues.
  • Interest in detainee treatment policy.
  • Experience which demonstrates capacity to consider policy issues in an objective and non-partisan manner.
  • Our preference is for candidates who can make a substantial time commitment for at least two months.


This internship is unpaid, though TCP will support those applicants who are seeking academic credit through their home institution.

To Apply

To apply, please send the following to Jacob Gillig at

  • A current resume
  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • Three references
  • One writing sample: 5-7 page essay/report from a recent course on any subject.
    Additional writing samples may be requested.

Email submissions are preferred, but you may send application materials to:

Jacob Gillig
The Constitution Project
1200 18th Street, Suite 1000
Washington, D.C.  20036

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