Civil Rights Legal Internship Program (Health Justice) - Summer 2018

Hours per week

40 hours per week



Start Date


End Date



151 West 30th Street
11th Floor
New York
United States


New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) invites accomplished and highly-motivated second-year law students with a demonstrated commitment to civil rights to apply for a position as a Health Justice intern in NYLPI’s Civil Rights Legal Internship Program. Applications for this competitive program are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Fluent Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply. 




NYLPI is a non-profit civil rights legal organization that pioneered the practice of community lawyering in New York City. NYLPI’s dedicated and talented staff employs bold, creative approaches to litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing in order to advance equality and civil rights in three core program areas:


·        Health Justice seeks to end discriminatory barriers to health care, healthy spaces, and healthy lives through its racial justice and immigrant rights focus on health care advocacy. Our advocacy includes improving health care access for immigrants with serious medical needs and attacking the social determinants of health. 


·        Disability Justice works to advance civil rights and ensure equality of opportunity, self-determination, and independence for people with disabilities. Our advocacy spans many areas, including housing, transportation, education, community integration, and government programs and services.


·        Environmental Justice fights to create sustainable, healthy communities and end disproportionate exposure to pollution, including through community organizing and providing legal assistance to low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that bear an unfair burden of environmental threats.



About the Program


The Program provides ten weeks of substantive legal work and intensive training in a collaborative environment under the supervision of experienced attorneys. Program participants may be eligible for a stipend of up to $5,500.


Typical work assignments include:


·        Drafting memoranda and conducting legal research in support of litigation and policy campaigns

·        Interviewing and assisting in representing individual clients

·        Meeting with community organizations

·        Attending court hearings and depositions


Additional learning opportunities have included:


·        A legislative advocacy training led by NYLPI’s lobbyist

·        A deposition training led by NYLPI’s legal director

·        A tour of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by a federal judge

·        A tour of the Museum of Modern Art’s accessibility features

How To Apply

Please submit a letter explaining your interest in the Program, your resume, and a legal writing sample (no more than six pages) via email to with “Civil Rights Legal Internship (Health Justice)” in the subject line. Please note that we only accept applications from current second-year law students.