WEI Stephanie Ortoleva Legal Internship

WEI Stephanie Ortoleva Legal Internship

Stephanie and a colleague post for photos in front of a WEI screen while others take photos on their phones

The Stephanie Ortoleva Legal Internship is an extraordinary opportunity for law students to immerse themselves in the world of human rights at the intersection of disability and gender. The internship is proudly hosted by Women Enabled International (WEI) in honor of our pioneering founder, Stephanie Ortoleva. 

About the Internship:

This paid internship provides talented law students the chance to be part of the WEI program team for a ten-week immersive experience. This is an extraordinary career opportunity to work with the first – and still only – international organization dedicated to advancing intersectional gender and disability rights globally. 

WEI Interns develop professional skills with substantive responsibilities that contribute to WEI’s legal research, U.N. advocacy, movement building, and capacity-strengthening initiatives. They will engage with and advance legal advocacy strategies around key issues identified by women and gender-diverse individuals with disabilities, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence, humanitarian emergencies, community-based living, and feminist disabled leadership,


WEI welcomes law students – and encourages applicants – from all corners of the world. 

The internship is remote and open to law students who have completed at least 30% of their legal studies by the internship start date. What matters most is your unwavering commitment to human rights, disability justice, and gender rights. 

Proficiency in English is required, with the ability to work remotely during Eastern Time Zone business hours. Start dates of the internship are flexible to enable alignment with diverse international university schedules.

Knowledge of other UN languages or sign language is a plus. 

We encourage individuals with lived experience of disability to apply, and we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to support the successful candidate.


As a paid intern, you will receive $5,000 (five thousand U.S. dollars) for your work over 10 weeks (350 hours.)

Application Process:

Applications are now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted shortly. Please come back in September 2024 for updates on next year’s recruitment process.

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