FAQs

What is the culture like at IJM?

IJM offers a fast-paced, professional and friendly work environment for its employees. IJM employees work diligently to provide tangible relief for the victims we serve, while being good stewards of the funds generously provided to us by our donors.

IJM employees begin each day with 30 minutes of silence and solitude before God and gather at 11:00 am for corporate prayer. Quarterly staff retreats are held to provide spiritual refreshment and team building opportunities.

What is the office attire?

Office attire is business formal. 

How many people work for IJM?

IJM has more than 600 staff worldwide, 95% of whom are at work in their own countries.

Does IJM provide benefits to employees?

IJM offers competitive salaries, with excellent medical, dental and retirement benefits to all employees. Additional benefits such as relocation, tuition for school-age dependents and furlough are provided for certain positions. 

What is the interview process?

Completed applications are reviewed by human resources and the hiring manager. Phone interviews are conducted with qualified applicants, followed by in-office interviews with the top candidates. IJM completes a thorough review of references prior to making an employment offer. 

May I schedule an informational interview?

Due to the quantity of applications that we receive, we are unable to offer informational interviews for employment opportunities. 

Will I receive notification of the status of my application?

All applicants will receive a verbal or written response communicating the status of their application. 

Why does IJM require applicants to submit a Statement of Faith?

IJM is a non-sectarian community of faith that works with all people to seek justice on behalf of all people regardless of race, religion, creed or any other status.

As a faith community, IJM's core of full-time staff intentionally draw strength and unity from their common commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ and from their communion of daily prayer and spiritual disciplines. Accordingly, IJM staff seeks colleagues who embrace and contribute to the spiritual community through shared Christian conviction and practice. As Mother Theresa did in Kolkata, IJM seeks to provide a common platform for all people of good will to serve the needy, while also building a core community who share her fundamental convictions of Christian faith and practice.

Accordingly, IJM asks applicants seeking to join IJM's core community of full-time staff to submit a Statement of Faith describing their Christian faith and its relevance to their interest in serving with IJM. It is generally helpful for an applicant to provide insight into his/her own journey of faith and as well as current spiritual disciplines. As with any such society of faith, SEC. 2000e-1 [Section702] of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes provision for employment along lines of shared religious convictions.

What is a Statement of Faith?

A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith and how it is relevant to your involvement with IJM. The statement can either be incorporated into your cover letter or submitted as a separate document. It should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc.) and your current fellowship or place of worship. 

Are non-U.S. citizens eligible for U.S.-based positions?

U.S. citizenship is not required for U.S.-based employment; however, candidates must have the legal right to work in the United States. In most cases, IJM will not be able to assist financially in securing a visa to work in the United States.

If I have previously applied for a job, should I re-submit my application for new positions?

Yes. Please mention your prior application in your new cover letter and explain your interest in the new position. Please attach your previously submitted Statement of Faith and resume (updated with any changes to employment or contact information) to the application.

Do I need to submit a separate application for each position of interest?

No, positions of interest should be listed in the cover letter. 

Are you still receiving applications for all positions posted on the website?

Yes, IJM is currently receiving applications for every job posted on our website. Job postings are removed immediately after the position has been filled. 

To whom should I address my application?

Address all applications to the Director of Recruiting. 

You are a faith-based organization. What does that mean?

We are inspired by God's call to love all people and to seek justice. We serve all people, without regard to religion or any other factor, and seek to partner with all of good will.

IJM's staff members are Christians from a variety of traditions who are motivated by the Bible's call to "rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, pleasd for the widow." We find strength and encouragement in sharing a spiritual life together.

Can I interview an IJM staff member?

IJM staff are available for media interviews, but due to high demand, we are generally unable to provide interviews for student research projects or general information about the work. 

Do American attorneys represent clients in court overseas?

In most of the countries where IJM works, American attorneys cannot represent clients in court. IJM employees who are members of that country's Bar Association advocate on behalf of the victims.

Over 90% of IJM's staff around the world are nationals of the countries in which they work, sensitive to the particular needs of their communities.

I am an attorney and would like to help with the work of IJM. What can I do?

Although IJM's casework usually requires specialized legal and investigative skills, we often encounter projects that are ideal for volunteer professional assistance. Read more about volunteer and employment opportunities here. In the past, IJM has received pro bono assistance from law firms willing to contribute their services for casework. For more information on having your law firm partner with IJM in casework, please email contact@ijm.org with your contact information, the name of your firm, and your firm's areas of expertise.

What happens to a victim of violence after IJM intervenes in their case?

We have comprehensive aftercare programs that decrease vulnerability and increase general wellbeing in our client’s lives. We design individualized treatment plans for each survivor, tailored to meet his/her specific needs and help him/her access opportunities to rebuild a safe, sustainable future (for example, by helping survivors get job skills training or education, by providing trauma-focused counseling, etc.). We work with various partners, including government social service providers, aftercare homes, job-readiness training centers, church partners and local non-profits, to provide these opportunities and connect survivors to a supportive community.

We measure success in our aftercare programs (which vary in length and scope depending on the type of abuse and survivor's specific needs) by measuring the “restoration” of each client after he/she has completed his/her treatment plan. To do so, we use an Aftercare Successful Outcomes form (ASO) to assess progress in a few areas necessary for restoration and the ability to lead an independent, fruitful life, including:

  • trauma recovery (emotional wellbeing)
  • economic empowerment/education (financial wellbeing)
  • health (physical wellbeing)
  • housing/support system/protection (social wellbeing)
What is IJM's relationship with local governments and NGOs?

IJM is a non-partisan, non-governmental, 501(c)3 organization. IJM operates with the governmental approval and acknowledgment in all countries in which it is active, depending on local government and NGO partners to work successfully.

Why is IJM not active in all countries where human rights abuses occur?

IJM's efforts to fight injustice are primarily limited by its financial resources. However, in certain countries, government or legal structures do not currently make IJM's casework methods feasible. IJM's casework model of repairing broken justice systems does not work in the absence of any justice system – this prevents IJM from being most effective in war zones, for example. However, there are many other excellent NGOs that do courageous and valuable work in such situations. 

Where does IJM work?

IJM staff partner with local authorities to protect the poor from violence in 18 communities throughout the developing world.  Our teams work in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, Rwanda,Uganda, Zambia, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala and India. We also have casework alliance partnerships in Peru and Ecuador.

IJM is headquartered in Washington, DC, and partner offices in the U.K.CanadaGermany, Australia and the Netherlands share in the global mission.

What does IJM mean by "collaborative casework"?

IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities in the countries in which they work. Working in partnership with government authorities is the best long-term strategy to ensure that the poor are protected from violence sustainably.

IJM's "collaborative casework" methodology is our work directly with local authorities, case by case.  It's a critical part of our Justice System Transformation model.

Collaborative casework meets the most urgent needs of victims of violence, allows for the opportunity to provide hands-on training and mentoring to government partners, and provides an opportunity for our teams to discover the specific chokepoints in a justice system that leave the poor most vulnerable to violence.

What happens to a victim after IJM intervenes in their case?

IJM partners with other local organizations and government agencies to ensure that the victims are provided with the care they need in the aftermath of abuse. Examples include:

  • Homes for girls rescued from commercial sexual exploitation when they are unable to return to their families;
  • Micro-enterprise opportunities for adults released from bonded slavery so that they can support themselves;
  • Post-trauma counseling for victims of sexual violence; and
  • Post-incarceration counseling for victims of illegal detention. 
What is IJM's relationship with local governments and NGOs?

Our work to protect the poor from violence is built on partnership.  It's a vision that is impossible to achieve alone. 

IJM is a non-partisan, non-governmental, 501(c)3 organization. We operate with governmental approval and acknowledgment, and we depend on the partnership of local government and NGO partners.

Why is IJM not active in all countries where human rights abuses occur?

IJM's efforts to fight injustice are primarily limited by its financial resources. However, in certain countries, government or legal structures do not currently make IJM's casework methods feasible. IJM's casework model of repairing broken justice systems does not work in the absence of any justice system—this prevents IJM from being most effective in war zones, for example. However, there are many other excellent NGOs that do courageous and valuable work in such situations.

Does IJM take cases in the United States?

IJM does not take cases in the United States. We have a very specific focus on partnering with local governments in the developing world to make under-functioning public justice systems work for the poor.

Though injustice certainly exists in the United States, Americans (and citizens of other countries in the developed world) benefit from a mature legal system that generally provides effective redress for abuse. This is not the case for IJM's clients in the developing world. 

 

What does IJM mean by "collaborative casework"?

IJM investigators, lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state and local authorities in the countries in which they work. Working independently of government authorities is not an effective long-term strategy to ensure that the poor are protected from oppressors. Rather, a functioning government is the best hope for lasting change that protects the poor from oppression.

Often, abuse against vulnerable individuals persists because of weaknesses in a country's justice system. By pushing individual cases of abuse through the justice system from the investigative stage to the prosecutorial stage, IJM determines the specific source of corruption, lack of resources, or lack of good will in the system denying victims the protection of their legal systems. In collaboration with local authorities, IJM addresses these specific points of brokenness to meet the urgent needs of victims of injustice. 

How do I change the credit card or bank account for my monthly gift?

To update your credit card or bank account information, please contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday.

How do I cancel my gift?

To cancel your gift, email freedompartner@ijm.org or contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday. You will receive confirmation via email.

How do I change the amount of my gift?

Send your updated amount to freedompartner@ijm.org or contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday. You will receive confirmation via email.

May I give a gift of less than $24 a month and still be considered a Freedom Partner?

While the Freedom Partner program is for IJM supporters giving $24 or more each month, we are deeply thankful for your support at any level. 

Can I give via check each month?

Yes, please notify IJM staff at freedompartner@ijm.org. Your check may be mailed to International Justice Mission, PO Box 96961, Washington DC 20090-6961. You will receive a return envelope with your receipt each month for your next month's gift. 

Can I set up an electronic bill pay through my bank?

Yes, please notify IJM staff at freedompartner@ijm.org or contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday.

I am already giving monthly to IJM. Do I automatically become a Freedom Partner?

Monthly donors giving at and above the $24 level are automatically rolled into the Freedom Partner program. 

If my company donates to IJM, can IJM's website link to my company's web site?

Although we appreciate the generosity of companies and small businesses donating proceeds to IJM, we do not offer this service due to the high volume of requests. 

Do you accept Matching Gifts from Companies?

Yes. Use our easy search tool to find out if your company will match your gift and what you need to do.

How can I obtain a copy of IJM’s financial statements?

You can obtain a copy of our financial statements on the Financials page of our website.

How do I change the credit card or bank account for my monthly gift?

To change any account information pertaining to your monthly gift, please contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday.

How do I cancel my monthly gift?

To cancel your monthly gift, please contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday or giving@ijm.org.

How do I update the amount of my monthly gift?

Please contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday or giving@ijm.org to update your monthly gift amount. 

Does IJM participate in the CFC program?

Yes, IJM participates in the Combined Federal Campaign. Our CFC number  is 85320. 

How do I obtain a copy of IJM’s W-9 or 501(c)3 letter?

To obtain a copy of either document, please email our Constituent Relations team with your request at giving@ijm.org

What is the federal taxpayer ID number for IJM?

The EIN, or federal taxpayer identification number, for IJM is 54-1722887. 

How do I ensure you are investing my support wisely?

An outside accounting firm conducts an annual audit of IJM. In addition, an all-volunteer Board of Directors sets policies and procedures and monitors the budget and expenditures. IJM is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, meets all the Standards for Charity Accountability of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, and has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for commitment to financial responsibility, accountability and transparency. You may also view recent financial documents on our website.

Where do you get your funding?

IJM receives funding from individual donors, churches, community organizations, corporations, law firms, government agencies and foundations. Learn more.

How can I help raise money for IJM?

Whether you would like to hold a concert, a car wash, or a similar fundraising endeavor, we have prepared a fundraising section filled with useful ideas and materials. Thank you for supporting our work!

Will I receive a receipt?

Yes, you will receive either a mailed or electronic receipt. For donations sent by mail, you will receive a paper receipt. For donations made on www.ijm.org, you will receive a receipt via email. Our Constituent Relations team would be happy to answer any question you have – contact them at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday or giving@ijm.org

Is my gift tax-deductible?

IJM is a 501(c)(3) organization and your gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please conduct a tax advisor for specific deductibility rules. 

Where can I mail a check?

Thanks for supporting our work to protect the poor from violence. Please mail to: International Justice Mission, PO Box 96961, Washington, DC 20090-6961

What are the estimated costs of living in DC?

Depending on each individual living situation, interns can expect to pay up to $800 monthly for housing. The number of roommates and proximity to central DC make a large difference. Interns may need to pay monthly parking fees for a vehicle. 

Does IJM provide housing for DC Interns?

IJM does not have designated intern housing, but we supply incoming interns with several resources to help you with your housing search in the DC area. There is no set requirement for where you live; it is based entirely on availability and personal preference. While cost of living varies greatly due to personal preferences, we do recommend budgeting for at least $1,000 a month. IJM's office is located on the DC Metro system.

Can I fundraise to pay for the costs of a DC IJM internship?

Yes. DC interns can fundraise to cover the cost of their travel to Washington, DC, health insurance, and a daily per diem rate.

Does IJM provide stipends or scholarships for interns?

Not at this time. 

Who will supervise me during my internship?

Each intern will be supervised by someone in their department who will give assignments, monitor projects and provide assistance, support and feedback. 

What hours do interns and fellows work?

DC interns work a traditional 40-hour workweek, Monday–Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Interns receive five personal days per session, in addition to staff holidays and retreats. Schedules may be adjusted for academic commitments.

International interns and fellows work a traditional 40-hour work week, Monday–Friday. Interns will receive 15 days of accrued vacation time per year in addition to all national holidays and staff retreats.

What is the dress code at the DC headquarters?

The dress code is business professional. This means that all IJM staff and interns are required to wear a business suit.

Is there a minimum age for the D.C. internships?

No, but applicants must hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. and have completed at least two years of college or applicable work experience. 

Do DC interns have to be current students?

No. Many IJM interns are recent college or graduate school graduates. 

Is there a minimum age for the field office programs?

Applicants should be over 21 and have an undergraduate degree or substantial work experience.

Can I fundraise to pay for the costs of an international IJM program?

Yes, international interns and fellows can fundraise for their costs, which include training week expenses (airfare, lodging, meals, local transportation), airfare to/from destination country, visa fees/postage, immunizations/vaccinations, travel insurance, and an allotted per diem based on the field office location. 

Does IJM provide stipends or scholarships for interns and fellows?

Not at this time. 

What is the dress code at IJM’s international offices?

The dress code varies depending on the local culture. However, all legal interns will be expected to dress modestly in the culture and have at least one formal business suit. During training week, all interns will be dressed in business formal for most of the days. 

Do I need any prior experience or related coursework in human rights or international law?

Although prior experience or related coursework is preferable, there are no specific requirements. 

When will I know what country will be my assignment?

IJM will specify the country in which we desire to place the intern or fellow in the offer letter. 

Where are the IJM offices located?

The IJM offices are located in large cities where there is a significant expatriate community within the vicinity.

Field Office Locations:

  • Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia

  • India: Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai (Bombay)

  • Latin America: Guatemala, Bolivia

  • Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Thailand, Manila, Cebu and the Pampanga region.

How long should my writing sample be?

Writing samples should be two pages, single- or double-spaced, for internship applicants and four pages, single- or double-spaced for fellowship applicants. 

What should I write my writing sample about?

Your writing sample can be any piece of work that you feel clearly demonstrates your communication skills. Typically, applicants will submit a portion of an essay written for a college class. Legal applicants are asked to submit a legal writing sample. 

What if the individuals writing my references are currently in another country?

If the individuals writing your references are currently overseas and unable to mail you a recommendation letter, please ask them to send the recommendation via email at hotline@ijm.org or fax at 703-465-5499, Attn: Intern and Fellows Department. 

What if my application, reference letters or transcripts arrive late?

Your application is not complete until all required documents arrive. IJM cannot make an offer until the application is complete. 

Does IJM have an early decision process?

If candidates need an early decision due to academic or work restrictions, please note this in the application. IJM makes early decisions on a case by case basis. 

What if I want to apply for more than one type of internship at the same time?

Candidates only need to submit one application packet, but will need to submit the application form specific to each internship or fellowship type. Please note in the cover letter which positions are of interest. For example, an applicant interested in both DC and international internships should fill out the DC internship application and the international internship application. There is no need to submit duplicate copies of the additional materials that complete the application packet.

Does IJM help secure visas for international internships?

Those hoping to work internationally need to have the appropriate passport and visa(s), or be confident they can attain these documents, both for training week in Washington, DC, and for their international placement. While it is the candidate's responsibility to obtain the relevant visa(s), IJM staff will provide assistance in the process and provide any necessary letters of verification for a visa application.

Are applicants from nations outside the United States treated differently in the application process?

No. IJM routinely selects interns who are not from the United States. 

What are the application requirements if I have previously applied for an IJM internship?

If you have previously applied with IJM within the past year, you are able to use the transcript, reference letters and writing sample of that application for a second time. If any of this information has changed, please submit your updated information. In all cases, please send an updated application form, addendum, cover letter and resume. 

Is my application due by the deadline date or should it be postmarked by that date?

Applications should arrive to IJM by the deadline date. 

When is the earliest I should send in my application?

Applicants may submit their completed applications one month prior to the posted deadline. 

To whom should I address my application?

Application materials should be addressed to the Intern and Fellows Department. 

Can I mail a check or set up monthly direct debit?

Yes. To mail donations, please make checks payable to International Justice Mission and do not write the participant's name anywhere on the check, including the memo line. In order for your donation to be counted towards the participant's fundraising goal, you must submit this slip along with your check to IJM. To set up a monthly direct debit, please select the appropriate designation for monthly giving here.

International Justice Mission
PO BOX 96961
Washington, DC 20090-6961

How can I be sure you are investing my support wisely?

An outside accounting firm conducts an annual audit of IJM. In addition, an all-volunteer Board of Directors sets policies and procedures and monitors the budget and expenditures. IJM is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability to further ensure that IJM is a good steward of the resources entrusted to us.

Can I specify that my donation be used to cover a specific expense such as airfare?

Yes and no. Once the money is donated to IJM on behalf of a participant, it is added to IJM's general funds and credited toward the participant's overall fundraising goal. However, if you are interested in covering a specific expense related to an individual's internship, you are welcome to coordinate this with the specific intern to ensure that you are donating the needed amount. 

If the intern/fellow through whom I made my donation can no longer participate in the project with IJM, can my donation be refunded?

No. In accordance with IRS guidelines, once a tax-deductible receipt is issued to the donor, donations are not refundable even if the fellow/intern does not participate in the IJM project for any reason. 

Will I receive a tax-deductible receipt?

Yes. You will receive a receipt for each contribution mailed to the address listed on your check or credit card. 

Does IJM accept married couples as interns and fellows?

Yes. Several of our current international interns and fellows are serving in the field office with their spouse. However, please note that you must apply individually. 

Can I serve with IJM after I take the bar and before I start at my law firm?

Yes. IJM generally has openings for lawyers who can serve for a period of nine months to one year. 

Do I have to be currently enrolled in law school for the legal intern programs?

All applicants must have completed at least their first year of law school. Graduates of law school are also considered. 

What if I have to start later or end earlier than the session dates?

Interns and fellows are not permitted to miss any portion of the pre-scheduled training week. DC Interns are not able to begin later than the session start. However, international interns and fellows are permitted to deploy anywhere between one day and one month following their training week. For both positions, there can be some flexibility with the session end date to accommodate academic or business needs.

If I am selected for an IJM international internship position, will this allow me to have direct contact in counseling victims of sex trafficking, slavery and other forms of oppression?

All interns and fellows work closely with IJM staff in assisting our clients. Thus, they receive exposure to the issues involved in rescuing and providing a new life to victims of oppression. However, for security reasons, interns and fellows will only have contact with victims and clients when accompanied by trained IJM professionals. Also, due to language barriers, IJM relies on its national staff and aftercare partners to provide direct counseling. 

Does IJM only select interns who are law students or have an interest in attending law school?

No. Although IJM internships provide a great experience for those considering a career in law, the internship program is designed to benefit those pursuing a wide variety of careers. The majority of IJM employees are not lawyers and most interns are not directly involved in legal casework. IJM seeks quality applicants from all types of educational backgrounds and skill sets. 

What is the difference between an "internship" and a "fellowship"?

IJM offers three types of internships:

  1. Washington DC Internships: Semester-based positions for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines and early career professionals

  2. Field Office Internships: 10-12 month positions for recent college graduates of all majors, social workers, lawyers and others

  3. Summer Legal Internships: Summer legal internships for current law students (June - August)

Fellowships are 9-12 month positions for experienced social workers, lawyers and business professionals. Most fellows serve in one of IJM's field offices; occasionally, fellowships are available in Washington, DC.

Where is the IJM office located?

The IJM office is in Arlington, Virginia and is within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro station.