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Legal Intern (Spring 2019)

About Children’s Rights

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.

Legal Internship

Children’s Rights is seeking law students for part-time internships in our New York City office for the spring of 2019. Because of the relatively small size of our organization, legal interns enjoy tremendous responsibilities and assist attorneys with all aspects of our work. These responsibilities may 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 to working 8 hours per week for the duration of the spring semester. Internships at Children’s Rights are unpaid. Interns gain substantive exposure to civil rights law and impact litigation, as well as the field of children’s rights and child welfare, and receive mentorship from experienced attorneys.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Daniel Adamek at internship@childrensrights.org, specifying that you are applying for a Spring 2019 internship. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.