The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless seeks interns for spring 2018. Interns work with staff attorneys to engage in direct representation, education, and policy advocacy with and alongside individuals and families experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Under attorney and staff supervision, interns gain experience in direct client casework, legal research, drafting legal pleadings, public policy advocacy, and community engagement.  See the full announcement here.

Internships are open to current law students who have completed at least one year of law school, and are interested in doing pro bono or public interest law upon graduation. Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills. Prior experience and interest in direct services and/or working with people who are homeless is helpful, but not required. Ideal applicants have a demonstrated interest in:  Social justice; Legal services and public interest work; Affordable housing; Homelessness; Community engagement and organizing; and/or Public policy advocacy.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through December 1, 2017. Typically, there are 1-2 interns each semester/summer. The internships are unpaid; however, applicants are encouraged to seek out credit or funding from their schools or other fellowship sources. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Caitlin Cocilova at For more information, call 202-328-5500.



The Post Conviction Defenders Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender is seeking interns for spring and summer 2016.

See their flyer for more information.

First Shift Justice Project is a public interest organization with a mission to prevent
workplace discrimination against people with families by educating, empowering, and
representing workers in low-wage jobs who struggle to balance work and family obligations.
To accomplish this mission, we provide Know Your Rights trainings for the staff and
patients of organizations that provide prenatal care to pregnant women and infant care for
their babies, as well as for staff and clients of other social service organizations that support
low-income families. We also counsel women in low-wage jobs to help them communicate with
doctors and employers about their family-related workplace rights. Finally, we represent and
refer the cases of women whose family-related rights are violated.
We are happy to work with bright and motivated students and recent law grads who are
passionate about our issues! Our law clerks conduct legal research; draft legal memoranda;
meet with clients; and help us reach out to organizations and their clients who might benefit
from our services.
We are hiring a law clerk to work 10-15 hours per week in the spring and a law clerk to
work full-time in the summer. Our ideal candidate is someone who is fluent in Spanish; has
demonstrated strong writing skills; and has experience working directly with clients. Law clerk
positions at First Shift Justice Project are unfunded; however, we will work with our law clerks
to secure any funding available from other sources.
Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Laura Brown, Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are
filled. All decisions regarding recruiting, hiring, promotion, assignment, training, termination,
and other terms and conditions of employment will be made without unlawful discrimination
on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status,
political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects
from employment discrimination.

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking law students with a passion for public interest law and immigrants’ rights to be part of our internship program.  We are currently accepting applications for Spring and Summer 2015 positions.   Interns working with CAIR Coalition will assist our staff with representing detained child and adult immigrants, including going on jail visits, assisting with direct representation of clients, attending hearings, and improving pro se assistance guidance.

The mission of CAIR Coalition is to serve as the primary source of legal assistance for detained immigrants in the D.C. metropolitan area.  The goal of our internship program is to grow the services and programs we provide by utilizing the skills of hard-working and creative law students.


Our summer internship program requires a full-time commitment for 10 weeks, while the spring semester internships require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week.  All positions are unpaid, but CAIR Coalition is happy to assist with externship credit administration.

During the course of an internship, students will be tasked with complex legal analysis in support of our work on behalf of detained immigrants.  In addition to assisting with CAIR Coalition’s caseload, interns will likely also take part in the following:

Representation of Detained Immigrants: Depending on the availability of cases and scheduling, legal interns may be assigned to work with CAIR Coalition’s legal team to provide direct representation to detainees and/or assistance to pro bono attorneys who agree to represent detainees.  In working on cases, interns will have the chance to meet with clients, conduct evidentiary assessments, prepare pleadings, and appear in immigration court.  CAIR Coalition makes every attempt to ensure that interns are able to work on these types of matters.

Jail Visits and Pro Se Assistance: Interns will accompany CAIR Coalition’s staff on visits to adult and youth detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland.  During these visits, interns will conduct individual intake with detained immigrants.  Following intake, interns will assist with case follow up, including contacting family members, obtaining criminal and medical records, seeking and providing appropriate referrals, and conducting legal research to assist staff in determining eligibility for relief and possible pro bono placement.  Interns will also provide pro se assistance, including providing instruction and information on guidelines, court procedure, and case law to assist a detainee represent himself/herself in immigration court.


Spanish fluency strongly preferred (required for work with the children’s program).

Experience working in the area of immigration law and/or immigrants’ rights is a plus.

Interns must be able to provide their own laptops for use during the internships.

Ability to relate to and work with low-income clients with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system is a plus.

For summer internship positions: Ability to commit 40 hours per week to CAIR Coalition for at least 10 weeks is required. Days that include jail visits are usually 10-12 hour days, leaving early in the morning from the CAIR Coalition office and returning the evening of the same day.


Please submit the following materials via email to Michael Lukens, CAIR Coalition’s Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, at

A cover letter describing your interest in an internship with CAIR Coalition (please state if you possess a particular interest in the adult or children’s program);

A resume; and

A writing sample.

The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its 2015 spring and summer internship programs. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic justice, and eliminating dangerous and inhumane conditions in facilities that house children.

The Center’s summer internship program provides law students with valuable work experience in the areas of juvenile justice, reform of public agencies and systems, and racial justice, as well as an opportunity to make substantive contributions to the Center’s projects. Interns will have the opportunity to attend legislative hearings, research substantive law and policy issues, and learn about the work of other organizations in Washington, DC that are working to improve the lives of at-risk youth.  CCLP generally hires two interns for its summer program.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in legal and policy advocacy for youth in the juvenile justice system. Strong consideration will be given to applicants with relevant work experience and course work. Applicants should have excellent research and communication skills and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and a commitment improving the lives of troubled and at-risk youth. Internships are unpaid, and applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of ten weeks of full-time employment.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Staff Attorney Jason Szanyi at with the subject line “2014 Summer Internship Application.”  For more information on the Center, visit The Center for Children’s Law and Policy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.