The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is continuously looking for motivated interns with an interest in transitional justice and the conflict in Syria. SJAC accepts application from current undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as recent graduates. Interns are responsible for communicating SJAC’s message to Syrians and the international community as well as supporting SJAC’s analysis and research. They are encouraged to pursue their own research, as long as it contributes to SJAC’s mission to prevent impunity, promote redress for victims, and facilitate principled institutional reform in Syria’s post-conflict period.

The Internship rotates approximately every four months. The schedule for the Internship is as follows:

Fall Internship: August 25 – December 23
Spring Internship: January 15 – May 15
Summer Internship: May 15 – August 25

Tasks of a SJAC intern include:

    • Maintaining SJAC’s social media accounts and promoting new analysis and events
    • Designing relevant communications materials, including infographics and factsheets
    • Contribution to and maintenance of the SJAC website, including updating the Transitional Justice Library
    • Providing research support for SJAC articles and reports
    • Other duties as assigned.

Strong English proficiency is required. Arabic proficiency is preferred, but not required. Knowledge of WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics, Excel, and Adobe Suites is strongly desired. Interns must be able to work from the SJAC office in Washington, DC and are paid at the rate of $14/hour. Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send an email to with your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample not to exceed 800 words. The writing sample should be an example blog post that demonstrates your knowledge of transitional justice and the Syrian conflict. Please see SJAC’s website for recent examples. In the subject line of your email and in your cover letter, please be sure to include the term for which you are applying [Fall, Spring, Summer].




Legal Fellowship (Summer)

LOCATION: Washington, DC

Position Summary

SJAC is seeking a rising second- or third-year law student, or recent law graduate, for a paid legal fellowship for Summer (May to August) 2020. Fellows will work with SJAC’s team from at its headquarters in Washington, DC. The Legal Fellow will provide legal research and writing assistance to the Legal Director and assist with SJAC’s activities in documentation, data analysis and transitional justice discourse. The Legal Fellow will work up to 40 hours per week and be paid at the rate of $15.00/hour.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research concerning crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and terrorism
  • Research and write legal memoranda concerning issues surrounding documentation, national and international prosecutions of atrocity crimes
  • Support the research and writing of SJAC’s human rights and transitional justice reports and short-form analysis

Skills and Experience

  • Current law student in, or recent graduate of, a J.D. or L.L.M. program
  • Coursework in international law, human rights law, international criminal law, and/or evidence preferred
  • Experience working in or knowledge of the Middle East
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of Arabic an asset

How to apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to Applications are due on February 1, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.




Title: Psychosocial Support Consultant

Location: Berlin or remote


As part of its missing persons program, SJAC collaborates with Syrian families of missing persons who are advocating for the truth about their loved ones’ fates. SJAC is seeking a psychologist or psychosocial specialist who can provide group and individual therapy sessions to families in order to provide psychosocial support. This will include approximately four group sessions throughout 2020, as well as individual sessions as needed.

Required qualifications

  • BA or advanced degree in psychology, therapy, or related field.
  • Experience working with victims of trauma, including survivors of violent conflict
  • Experience conducting both individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Knowledge of the Syrian context.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic.

How to apply

Please send a resume, cover letter and proposed rate to