Legal Intern

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund offer a substantive, fast-paced legal internship opportunity designed to give law students interested in civil and human rights, public service, and social justice advocacy real-world work experience in the policy arena. The program provides legal interns the opportunity to engage in diverse and pressing civil rights areas, such as voting rights, fair courts, criminal justice reform, educational equity, and economic security issues, and to participate in the legislative and rulemaking processes of our federal government. This is a part-time, unpaid internship, but candidates must be receiving school credit to qualify.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Learn more at 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. To learn more about The Education Fund, visit

Core Responsibilities: Under the supervision of one or more attorneys, legal interns assist staff with the following:

  • Legal and legislative research.
  • Drafting testimony, reports, letters and other documents.
  • Tracking legislation and litigation related to key issues.
  • Attending congressional hearings and briefings.
  • Providing organizing and other support to core campaigns.
  • Preparing for and attending Leadership Conference task force meetings as assigned.
  • Some administrative duties as needed.

Applicants should have strong legal research, communications, and writing skills; a desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people; the ability to work collaboratively; the ability to multitask and pay attention to detail; and a strong commitment to civil and human rights and social justice issues. An ability to maintain confidentiality is a must. 

Our internships run for one semester. Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate various school schedules, and we require a 12-hour minimum weekly commitment.

“Summer legal interns will be paid an hourly rate of $20 per hour. Fall and Spring semester interns who work at least 12 hours per week are eligible for a monthly stipend, pending law school approval.”

  • Fall internship: Program full
  • Spring internship: January 25 – April 23; Application Deadline: December 4, 2020
  • Summer internship: May to Aug. 2021: Application Deadline: March 5, 2021

To apply, e-mail a resume and cover letter, two references, and a brief writing sample (preference for policy-focused writing) of 1-3 pages to: [email protected], indicating which semester you are applying for in the subject line. Only applications submitted by email will be considered.

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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