2020 Spring 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 leading national children’s advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children. Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education and health care systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, Children’s Rights holds governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. We use civil rights impact litigation, policy expertise and public education to create lasting systems change. The core strength of our national advocacy program has been the grassroots development and highly skilled litigation of reform campaigns to address dangerous systemic failings in child welfare systems across the country.

We have built on this core strength to expand the populations of vulnerable children we fight to protect, leverage change across multiple sectors that service children, create deep partnerships with other non-profits and the private bar in our work, and sharpen out reform strategies. Additional areas of reform include attacking the pervasive practice of administering powerful and dangerous psychotropic drugs to children in foster care without adequate controls and oversight, the systemic discrimination against LGBTQ youth in custodial settings , the failure to provide adequate mental health and physical health services to vulnerable children, the unjust treatment of unaccompanied minors, and the inhumane treatment of incarcerated youth.

About the Role

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.


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.

Applicants with prior personal involvement in the systems we fight to improve and/or with other diverse life experiences and perspectives are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a detailed cover letter outlining your interest and experience, a current resume, and college transcript (unofficial transcripts are fine) by January 17, 2020. 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 Luna Floyd at 88 Pine Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10005.

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