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Carol and Richard Daynard Legal Research Fellowship

For 39 years, Corporate Accountability International has successfully challenged corporations like Nestlé, General Electric, and Philip Morris to halt abusive practices that threaten human rights, public health, the environment and our democracy. Today, the organization is leading campaigns challenging some of the world’s most powerful industries. Our campaign to Challenge Big Tobacco protects the first-ever corporate accountability treaty from tobacco industry interference. Our Campaign to Challenge the Corporate Control of Water upholds the human right to water and prevents global water corporations like Veolia from privatizing water here in the U.S. and around the world. Our project to Kick Big Polluters out of Climate Policy is ensuring the world’s biggest transnational polluters are excluded from climate negotiations, putting the international community on a path to act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strong international policy. Finally, Value [the] Meal challenges the fast food industry to stop driving an epidemic of diet-related disease and helps build a more sustainable food system.


As the Legal Research Fellowship, you will gain valuable domestic and international legal and policy research and advocacy experience with a non-profit that directly challenges corporate abuse globally. This is a hands-on program designed to mentor and cultivate law students interested in social justice organizing, to strengthen their understanding of legal research in the context of a fast-paced campaign organization, and to prepare them with the organizing skills and experience necessary to challenge corporate abuse.


As the Legal Research Fellow, you will be responsible for taking on significant research and analysis projects needed to implement and develop the strategic direction of our campaigns to Challenge Corporate Abuse of Our Food and to Challenge Big Tobacco. The projects will be coupled with trainings that advance a corporate campaign organization’s vision for social change and will include grassroots organizing, action planning, strategic corporate research, media outreach, fundraising, and many other transferable skills.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Conduct in-depth analysis and research of U.S., foreign and international policies needed to implement and develop campaign plans.
  • Monitor and analyze developments in the public climate, transnational corporations, and the food and tobacco industries.
  • Produce written reports for organizational leadership as well as for public distribution.
  • Assist in the drafting, fact-checking and development of campaign materials and press statements to advance campaign goals.
  • Develop and cultivate contacts with key organizational allies and experts.
  • Participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising, recruitment, and campaign activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in research, campaigning, grassroots organizing, and/or advocacy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to corporate accountability, with a global perspective.
  • Strong analytical skills, depth of analysis, attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Talented writer/editor and effective verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to conceptualize and manage several research and writing projects concurrently.
  • Coursework or experience in international, human rights, trade, corporate and environmental law and liability regimes a plus.
  • Spanish language skills a plus.


Accountability: The Legal Research Fellow is accountable to the Associate Research Director.

Location: Campaign Headquarters, Boston.

Commitment: 10-12 weeks. During the school year, a part time commitment of 20 hours /week is required with occasional additional hours for events.  During the summer and winter, a full time commitment is required.

Compensation: Stipend commensurate with experience.

Training: Classroom sessions and ongoing trainings will be provided by senior campaign staff.


To Apply: 

Send a letter of interest, a list of three references, and your résumé addressed to Taggart Wass at Please indicate in your materials that you are applying for the Legal Research Fellowship and where you found out about the position.


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Corporate Accountability International is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply to join more than 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in this dynamic organization, with a network of members and allies around the world.

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