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.
Office attire is business professional.
IJM has more than 600 staff worldwide, 95% of whom are at work in their own countries.
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.
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.
Due to the quantity of applications that we receive, we are unable to offer informational interviews for employment opportunities.
All applicants will receive a verbal or written response communicating the status of their application.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, positions of interest should be listed in the cover letter.
Yes, IJM is currently receiving applications for every job posted on our website. Job postings are removed immediately after the position has been filled.
Address all applications to the Director of Recruiting.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with your contact information, the name of your firm, and your firm's areas of expertise.
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)
IJM staff partner with local authorities to protect the poor from violence in 17 communities throughout the developing world. Our teams work in Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala and India. We also have casework alliance partnerships in Peru and Ecuador.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To cancel your gift, email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Send your updated amount to email@example.com 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.
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.
Yes, please notify IJM staff at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Yes, please notify IJM staff at email@example.com or contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday.
Monthly donors giving at and above the $24 level are automatically rolled into the Freedom Partner program.
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.
Yes. Use our easy search tool to find out if your company will match your gift and what you need to do.
You can obtain a copy of our financial statements on the Financials page of our website.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact our Constituent Relations team at 703-465-5495 from 9:00 to 5:30 EST, Monday through Friday or email@example.com to update your monthly gift amount.
Yes, IJM participates in the Combined Federal Campaign. Our CFC number is 85320.
To obtain a copy of either document, please email our Constituent Relations team with your request at firstname.lastname@example.org
The EIN, or federal taxpayer identification number, for IJM is 54-1722887.
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 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.
IJM receives funding from individual donors, churches, community organizations, corporations, law firms, government agencies and foundations. Learn more.
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!
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 email@example.com.
IJM is a 501(c)(3) organization and your gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please consult a tax advisor for specific deductibility rules.
Thanks for supporting our work to protect the poor from violence. Please mail to: International Justice Mission, PO Box 96961, Washington, DC 20090-6961
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.
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.
Yes. DC interns can fundraise to cover the cost of their travel to Washington, DC and health insurance.
Not at this time.
Each intern will be supervised by someone in their department who will give assignments, monitor projects and provide assistance, support and feedback.
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.
The dress code is business professional. This means that all IJM staff and interns are required to wear a business suit.
No, but applicants must hold a high school diploma or G.E.D. and have completed at least three years of college or applicable work experience.
No. Many IJM interns are recent college or graduate school graduates.
Applicants should be over 21 and have an undergraduate degree or substantial work experience.
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, and travel insurance.
Not at this time.
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.
Although prior experience or related coursework is preferable, there are no specific requirements.
IJM will specify the country in which we desire to place the intern or fellow in the offer letter.
The IJM offices are located in large cities where there is a significant expatriate community within the vicinity.
Field Office Locations:
Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Uganda
India: Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai
Latin America: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala
Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand
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.
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.
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.
No. IJM routinely selects interns who are not from the United States.
If you have previously applied with IJM within the past year, a new application must be submitted for any new role you wish to apply for. If any information has changed, please submit your updated information via the online careers portal. In all cases, please be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and statement of faith.
Application materials should be addressed to the Intern and Fellows Department.
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.
Yes. IJM generally has openings for lawyers who can serve for a period of nine months to one year.
All applicants must have completed at least their first year of law school. Graduates of law school are also considered.
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.
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.
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.
IJM offers three types of internships:
Washington DC Internships: Semester-based positions for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines and early career professionals
Field Office Internships: 10-12 month positions for recent college graduates of all majors, social workers, lawyers and others
Summer Legal Internships: Summer legal internships for current law students (June - August)
Fellowships are 10-12 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.
The IJM office is in Arlington, Virginia and is within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro station.