INTERNSHIP: Legal Intern

October 25, 2019

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December 20, 2019


The Center for Constitutional Rights seeks experienced second- or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long paid internship or externship opportunity. The Center for Constitutional Rights is a national not-for-profit organization that works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through creative litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, we have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach, to advance and protect constitutional and human rights. The Center for Constitutional Rights' fall and spring legal internships are part of a year-round internship program that includes our summer Ella Baker Program.

The intern will spend 12-20 hours per week between January and May 2020 assisting attorneys on projects. This position is also open to students seeking full-time, semester-long externships.


Interns will have the opportunity to work with attorneys on a range of projects. Work in International Human Rights is related to corporate accountability, torture, detention, suppression of dissent, anti-militarism, and violations under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, and universal jurisdiction. Work in Government Misconduct and Racial Justice is related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial justice, indigenous rights, environmental justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, and national security issues. Some of our issue areas include: Abusive Immigration Practices; Corporate Human Rights Abuses; Criminalizing Dissent; Discriminatory Policing; Drone Killings; Government Surveillance; Guantanamo; LGBTQI Persecution; Mass Incarceration; Muslim Profiling; Palestinian Solidarity; Racial Injustice; Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; and Torture, War Crimes, & Militarism.

Responsibilities include: assisting in legal research and writing; performing factual research and review; reviewing and indexing documents released in discovery or by government agencies in FOIA litigation; assisting in writing reports and engaging in advocacy; corresponding with clients and partners; and assisting with hearing preparation.


The ideal candidate will have some experience with one or more of the following: litigation in federal courts; international law (with a focus on human rights, humanitarian law, and/or criminal law); FOIA litigation; engaging with U.N. special procedure mechanisms; First Amendment law; immigration law; prisoners’ rights; section 1983 police misconduct litigation; class action litigation; national security law; and working with communities to advocate for social change. Candidates should also demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to social justice, organizing, and/or social movements.


Selected student interns are encouraged to seek external funding. If interns are unable to secure funding, they are eligible to receive pro-rated funding based on hours worked and degree pursued at a range of $1,200 to $5,000. The Center for Constitutional Rights also works with student interns to secure academic credit for internships from their schools when available.


Qualified candidates should prepare a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample, and list of three references as one PDF document, with your name in the document title, prior to applying via this web form. Please note that reference letters are not required. Your cover letter should include your availability over the term. Please note any program deadlines clearly in your application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and strong consideration will be given to early applicants. The Center for Constitutional Rights is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively recruits people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming people. No phone calls please.

Updated: October 25, 2019