Join the global movement for land rights

Become part of an organization that is growing rapidly and impacting millions of rural families by securing their rights to one of the most precious resources for prosperity – land.

Landesa is a world class research and advocacy organization whose goal is to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people through improved policies, laws and programs. We foster an environment that values impact, collaboration, respect, dedication, and learning. These traits are the driving force of our success and are inherent in our organizational culture.

Landesa has a talented and dedicated staff that enjoys extensive support, benefits, and opportunities to grow. As a Landesa employee, you will have access to educational and development opportunities as well as the chance to contribute to some of the most important research and policy reform and program implementation taking place in global development today. Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Landesa. Landesa is committed to a work environment in which relationships are characterized by dignity, courtesy and respect. We are committed to nondiscrimination in all of our business operations.

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Internships and Fellowships

Landesa hosts a full-time 10-week summer internship program based in its Seattle office. The open application period for the summer internship program is October through February. On a rolling basis, Landesa accepts applications for part-time fall, winter, and spring internships. If you are a student interested in applying for an internship, send a cover letter, CV or resume (including GPA or class ranking), and writing sample to indicating your preference for summer or academic semester. Internships are only available to currently enrolled students — Preference is given to students receiving academic credit or grant stipends.

Additionally, Landesa considers externally funded fellowship opportunities on a case-by-case basis. Qualifications include a relevant post-graduate degree such as law or public policy, excellent research and writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in improving rights of women and the rural poor. Candidates must identify externally funded opportunities before submitting a fellowship application. Fellowship applications can be submitted to and should include a cover letter, CV or resume (including GPA or class ranking), and writing sample.

Internship and Fellowship Program

Consulting Opportunities

Landesa supplements its regular Seattle home office and overseas staff with the expertise of skilled international consultants. We maintain an active roster of consultants in support of our program needs. We encourage consultants with specialized skills in legal, policy, and monitoring and evaluation issues related to land access and tenure security to submit their qualifications to be considered for inclusion in our roster. To be included in our general database, please apply here. When Landesa has specific consultant opportunities, they will be posted below. For these openings, please follow the application instructions listed in the posting.

Landesa is committed to the principles of integrity, professionalism and respect for the dignity of all people, and seeks to ensure a safe working environment free of harassment, including sexual harassment, and free of sexual exploitation and abuse in its activities and operations. If you wish to confidentially report an incident of harassment or sexual exploitation and abuse, please contact

Landesa Policy – Responding to Sexual Harassment