2018 Fall Legal Internship Program

Children’s Rights is a national advocacy organization based in New York City that has, for 20 years, led civil rights legal reform efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children. With active campaigns in over a dozen states in the U.S., we combine grassroots investigations, advocacy, and impact litigation to hold government systems accountable to the children who depend on them. Our work focuses on reforming failing child welfare systems and addressing emerging social justice issues for children, including the rights of LGBTQ/TGNC youth, access to mental and physical health care, juvenile justice conditions, right to education, and sex trafficking.

Children’s Rights is seeking first or second year law students for part-time internships in our New York City office for the fall of 2018. Because of the relatively small size of our organization, interns enjoy tremendous responsibilities and assist attorneys with all aspects of our work. These responsibilities include participating in active litigation—including motion practice, discovery, expert witness work, and legal research—as well as helping to develop new cases—including working with local stakeholders and legal and factual research into new claims.

Applicants should have strong analytical abilities, research and writing skills, as well as an interest in litigation and/or public interest law. Experience with or interest in children’s rights issues is desirable but not required. Applicants must commit part-time to the internship (generally for 8 – 12 hours weekly) for the duration of the fall semester. Internships at Children’s Rights are unpaid.

Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Daniel Adamek at internship@childrensrights.org by September 30. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.