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Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Fellowship 


The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Department of the American Red Cross is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Clara Barton Legal Fellowship.


Job Description:

As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross helps people in need throughout the United States and other Red Cross networks worldwide. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity.

Based at the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, DC, with the potential to work remotely, the Clara Barton Legal Fellow is an opportunity to gain real-world IHL experience in an unpaid year-long position with the International Humanitarian Law Team. The Fellow supports the mission of the Red Cross by working with the IHL Team in promoting humanitarian values through its legal education program.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Create and update course materials to be used by volunteer instructors to teach the public about IHL

  • Plan and develop the 2023 Clara Barton IHL Competition

    • Manage and lead the creation of the competition application and development of competition rounds with a team of IHL professionals.​​

      • Draft, review, and publish application and competition materials.

    • Network and recruit law schools, judges, and other notable professionals to participate in the competition.

    • Lead logistic planning process necessary for successful execution of the competition.

Additional Tasks (as required):

  • Create promotional materials for use by regions and partners

  • Assist with NHQ hosting of pieces of training, conferences, meetings, webinars, as required

  • Conduct research on IHL and policy-related areas and draft memoranda on relevant issues of IHL as needed for program development

  • Assist with drafting talking points, backgrounders, and potential presentation material to support our IHL networks

  • Attend briefings/conferences on IHL-related issues and provide updates on key points to the IHL team


  • Recent law school graduate, or lawyer transitioning career field with demonstrated interest in international law and policy

  • Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, impeccable legal research skills

  • Ability to work independently, attention to detail, highly organized


At this time the position is unpaid. However, if sponsorship/supervision for outside funding is needing the American Red Cross-NHQ IHL team will assist in making sure that the requirements for outside funding are met (i.e. research projects etc.) Should internal funding become available this page will be updated and applicants will be notified.

Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day. The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the position without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

​The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering professional development and a collaborative team spirit environment. To be considered for this position send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to with the subject line "Clara Barton Fellow Application".


Applications are considered on a rolling basis with start date to be determined with the selected applicant during the Summer 2022.


American Red Cross National Headquarters

430 17th St NW,

Washington, D.C. 20006

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