Internships

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.

The Law Center is committed to keeping children safe, and each person serving as an intern is responsible for meeting the requirements of the Law Center’s Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.

The Amy Ginensky and Andy Rogoff Emerging Advocate Initiative

The Amy Ginensky & Andy Rogoff Emerging Advocate Initiative is our unpaid internship program, through which interns have an opportunity to work on substantive projects that make a real difference in the lives of our clients.

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.

How to apply.

Through our internship program, we offer mentorship and support for the next generation of advocates; host guest speakers and other opportunities to learn more about a variety of areas of law and public interest advocacy; and provide practical education in skills like legal writing.

Here’s what some of our past interns have to say about their experience:

“It has been a privilege to work as an intern at the Public Interest Law Center. I have enjoyed each and every experience, from policy research to administrative projects. The highlight of my experience was getting to work with such a vibrant, accomplished, and congenial group of staff.” – Jim Hwan Jung, former intern

I have the Law Center to thank for showing me how the law can be leveraged to create change, and for inspiring me to pursue a public interest career

“Interning at the Law Center gave me the invaluable opportunity to observe and contribute to the day-to-day work of community-based impact litigation. Getting to work with the generous, talented, and committed team made my internship incredibly rewarding and fun. I have the Law Center to thank for showing me how the law can be leveraged to create change, and for inspiring me to pursue a public interest career.” – Claire Ewing-Nelson, former intern


Legal Internships

(Undergraduate, Graduate and Law Students)

Application Deadlines

This is a competitive process and we will select candidates on a rolling basis as we receive applications.

  • Note: we are no longer accepting applications from undergraduate and law students for our Summer 2021 program. 

The Public Interest Law Center is currently accepting applications from law students, graduate students and undergraduates for its 2021 fall internship program. We give interns significant responsibilities on substantive legal projects in the areas of voting, education, housing, employment, health care, and environmental justice. Over the course of a term, interns typically complete assignments in several of these practice areas and can pursue work related to areas of particular interest. 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.

Contact with children: The candidate’s contact with children will be limited; and will occur only if the intern is present during a meeting between Law Center staff and a parent and if the parent is accompanied by their child

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.


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

Contact with children: The candidate’s contact with children will be limited; and will occur only if the intern is present during a meeting between Law Center staff and a parent and if the parent is accompanied by their child.


How to Apply

This is a competitive process and we will select candidates on a rolling basis as we receive applications.

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, wburstein@pubintlaw.org

Development & Communications Internships: Michael Berton, mberton@pubintlaw.org

Public Interest Law Center
Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Boulevard, Suite 802
Philadelphia PA 19102