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2019 Fall Paralegal Internship

Children’s Rights is seeking a part-time undergraduate intern to join an active litigation program committed to reforming child welfare services for abused and neglected children. Children’s Rights is a national non-profit organization that uses the law, in partnership with a variety of local and national expert groups and policy analysts, to bring about meaningful reform in government systems that provide foster care, juvenile justice, and healthcare services.

The paralegal intern will perform tasks such as: providing administrative support primarily to our legal teams, with potential projects for our development and communications teams; assisting with case-related tasks including participating in intake calls from stakeholders in states around the country and monitoring press and relevant legislation; reviewing primary and secondary child welfare sources, including case-specific documentation from child welfare agencies; preparing memoranda on specific foster care or case-related issues; and pursuing factual research and data analysis.

Students interested in public interest law, the legal system, child welfare, social services, and/or reform of government systems would find an internship at Children’s Rights to be an interesting and rewarding experience. Many former paralegals and paralegal interns at Children’s Rights have gone on to law school or other related graduate degree programs.

Ideal applicants are current undergraduate students in or near New York City, who are available to work at least one and a half days per week. You must be able to work these days in office. Start and end dates are flexible, but a minimum commitment of ten weeks is required. Children’s Rights is happy to help interns secure funding or course credit from their schools. 

Qualifications
Children’s Rights seeks interns who are interested in children’s issues and/or social services and committed to reform on behalf of abused and neglected children. Candidates in their junior or senior year of college are preferred, though all undergraduate candidates with relevant experience will be considered. Candidates must be detail oriented and well organized, with strong writing and critical thinking skills, and excited to contribute to and observe all aspects of an advocacy non-profit.

To Apply
Please submit a detailed cover letter outlining your interest and experience, a current resume, and college transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine) by August 9, 2019. We will be accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Only applicants of interest will be contacted for an interview. Please email your application to parainternship@childrensrights.org. While emailed applications are preferred, you may also submit your materials by postal mail, addressed to Meghan Kacsmar at 88 Pine Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10005.

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