Legal Intern

About the Internship

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund offer a substantive, fast-paced internship program designed to give law students real-world work experience in the civil and human rights policy arena. The program provides interns the chance to increase their knowledge and awareness of civil and human rights issues, enhance their understanding of coalition politics, and observe the legislative and rulemaking processes of our federal government. Our internship program is designed to foster the next generation of civil rights leaders through civil rights-related education, career development, and networking. Our legal interns are fully integrated into staff activities and are provided the opportunity to engage in a number of pressing and topical issues, such as voting rights, fair courts, justice reform, and more.

Fall and winter semester interns will be paid an hourly rate of $20 per hour for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Summer interns will be paid an hourly rate of $20 per hour for a maximum of 40 hours per week.

What You Will Do

  • Track legislation on a variety of core civil rights issues
  • Conduct legal and legislative research
  • Draft testimony, advocacy letters, and other documents
  • Attend coalition and task force meetings
  • Attend congressional hearings and briefings
  • Provide administrative support as needed
  • Plan and carry out an all-staff event with fellow interns

What You Will Bring to the Internship

  • Strong writing skills
  • Desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • The ability to multitask
  • A strong commitment to social justice issues

Internship Schedule

Internships are for a length of one school semester. For the fall, we require a 20-hour minimum weekly commitment. The summer program is full-time (40 hours per week). We also strongly prefer that interns be able to work on Monday afternoons.

Fall internship: September 13 to December 10; Application Deadline: July 23, 2021

Spring internship: January 24 to April 22, 2022; Application Deadline: November 12, 2021

Summer internship: May to August 2022; Application Deadline: February 18, 2022

Note: 2021 fall and spring internships will be remote due to the ongoing public health crisis.

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, two references, and a brief (1 to 3 pp.) writing sample to [email protected] with LEGAL INTERNSHIP in the subject line. Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applications submitted by email will be considered. We cannot respond to telephone inquiries.

Who We Are

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 organizations that promotes and protects civil and human rights in America. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the United States. Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, The Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the United States. To learn more about The Education Fund, please visit 

Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

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