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)

Application Deadlines
  • Summer 2019: February 28, 2019 Note: we are no longer accepting applications from graduate and law students for our Summer 2019 program. 

The Public Interest Law Center is currently accepting applications from undergraduates for its 2019 Summer Internship program.  Interns are given significant responsibilities on substantive legal projects in the areas of voting, education, housing, employment, health care, and environmental justice.  Assignments include legal research and writing; drafting briefs, pleadings, and discovery requests; reviewing and analyzing discovery responses and documents; interviewing clients and witnesses; and preparing policy memoranda and proposed legislation.  Interns also gain practical experience through shadowing attorneys at meetings and court appearances.

Legal interns become part of a close-knit group of attorneys, advocates, and others committed to social justice.  The attorneys and staff at the Public Interest Law Center are committed to training the next generation of civil rights attorneys, advocates, and nonprofit leaders.  Interns work with staff mentors who help interns build the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful lawyers.

We seek applicants with the following qualities:

  1. Excellent analytical and research skills
  2. Demonstrated excellence in legal writing
  3. Initiative and creativity
  4. Collaborative skills and capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients
  5. Enthusiasm about our mission.

First preference will be given to 2L students, but we welcome applications from 1L students.

The Public Interest Law Center is a nationally-renowned public interest law firm using high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We combine targeted litigation, legal advice, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure people’s access to fundamental resources and services, including a high-quality education, health care, housing and community services, employment, a healthy neighborhood and the unencumbered right to vote.

The position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  As internships are unpaid, we encourage students to seek outside funding opportunities. We will gladly handle any administrative requirements for students that secure funding for their time with us.

The Public Interest Law Center is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment and encourages diverse candidates to apply. The Law Center is also committed to keeping children safe and has adopted a child safeguarding policy.

To apply, submit a 1-2 page cover letter that includes a statement of your reasons for seeking an internship at the Public Interest Law Center, a resume, two references, and a writing sample to:

William Burstein,

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

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:

Legal Internships:  William Burstein,

Development & Communications Internships: Michael Berton,

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