Internships

At the Law Center, you’ll gain experience in civil rights law and learn the inner workings of one of Philadelphia’s premier public interest firms. You’ll become part of a close-knit group of attorneys, advocates, and others committed to social justice. Law Center attorneys and staff are committed to helping train the next generation of civil rights attorneys, advocates, and nonprofit leaders.

The Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all candidates to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.


Legal Internships

(Undergraduate, Graduate and Law Students)

The Law Center has unpaid internships during the summer and during the school year. The summer 2017 legal internship program will run from June 5th through August 11th. During the spring and fall semesters, interns are expected to commit to a regularly scheduled 10-20 hours per week at the Law Center.

Interns are given significant responsibilities in the Law Center’s litigation and advocacy activities. Working with a staff mentor, interns will be exposed to a range of substantive legal areas. Below is a  list of the types of work interns may do during the summer.

Law Students

(We prefer 2Ls but will consider 1Ls):

  • Draft briefs and other court filings
  • Legal research on a variety of civil rights issues and legal procedures
  • Summarize transcripts from depositions or hearings
  • Write policy memoranda
  • Assist in responding to discovery
  • Interview prospective witnesses
  • Draft op-eds or reports

College and Graduate Students

  • Research topics from government policies to prospective funding sources
  • Attend legislative meetings
  • Analyze data and prepare charts and graphs on a variety of topics
  • Summarize transcripts
  • Support community-based campaigns and coalition building
  • Conduct neighborhood “ground truthing” for the Garden Justice Legal Initiative
  • Draft content for website, e-newsletters, social media, and donor communications
  • Assist with event planning (both community-based and fundraising events)
  • Conduct outreach calls

Development & Communications Internships

The Public Interest Law Center seeks full or part-time interns to assist with fundraising, communications, public relations and events. Internships are unpaid. We encourage those who can receive class credit for their participation to apply. Positions are available year-round.

Potential Responsibilities

  • Produce engaging content for various platforms including website, e-newsletters, social media, foundation proposals, reports and donor communications
  • Research individual donors and foundations
  • Prepare and copy edit foundation proposals
  • Assist with event planning and administration
  • Administrative tasks may include processing gift acknowledgements, preparing mailings, entering data into contact databases, etc.
  • Design collateral materials such as flyers or invitations
  • Conduct outreach calls and implement marketing strategies
  • Update Law Center profiles on external websites and take part in increasing the organization’s digital visibility

How to Apply

Deadlines

  • For Summer Interns: Apply by January 30th Deadline Passed
  • For Fall Interns: Apply by June 1st
  • For Spring Interns: Apply by November 1st Deadline Passed

This is a competitive process and we will select candidates on a rolling basis as we receive applications. Because of the high volume of applications, only applicants who are invited to interview will receive a response.

To apply, submit a letter, resume, and writing sample. Your cover letter should be 1-2 pages long and should include a statement of your reasons for seeking an internship at the Public Interest Law Center. Please send these materials by email or mail to:

Ben Geffen, legal-internships@pubintlaw.org
Michael Berton, devcomm-internships@pubintlaw.org

Public Interest Law Center
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103