Summer 2019 Legal Internships in DC

Published

09/28/2018

Application Deadline

02/28/2019

Address

1140 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Suite 1150
Washington
District of Columbia
20036
United States

Description

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

We seek law students to work alongside staff in our Washington office on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship starts at the end of May and lasts for approximately 10 weeks. We may accommodate a limited number of split summers.

Qualifications: Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills; initiative, imagination, and versatility; and a passion for our issues.

***We will be hiring one legal intern to work with our Liberty and National Security Program and one intern to work with the Director of our DC office on a variety of Brennan Center issues. 

Liberty and National Security Program (Washington DC based)

The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security (LNS) Program fights to preserve constitutional values in the post-9/11 world. Our work centers on innovative policy recommendations, litigation, and public advocacy to ensure that our nation’s commitment to national security comports with the rule of law and our fundamental freedoms.

We are currently focused on protecting privacy rights in the digital age (e.g., legal challenges to various forms of warrantless electronic surveillance), on racial and religious profiling by law enforcement agencies (e.g., “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) programs and police surveillance of American Muslim communities), and on combating excessive government secrecy (e.g., overclassification of documents and “secret law”).

Washington DC Office

We are seeking a legal intern for hire to work with the DC office staff on a variety of issues at the Brennan Center. Under the supervision of and supporting the work of the Washington Office staff, the intern will undertake legal and legislative research; attend congressional briefings and hearings; and contribute to the advocacy goals of the Washington office, which includes opportunities to participate in coalition engagement, attend lobbying meetings, and assist with policy communications. The internship will entail a research and advocacy focus on issues within the scope of the Brennan Center’s justice and democracy work. 

How to Apply: Please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/telrEZmvZv/Summer-2019-Legal-Internships-In-DC and upload all of the following:

  1. a cover letter explaining which particular programs or projects you are interested in joining: Liberty & National Security (DC), or Director of DC Office –policy issues;
  2. a current law school transcript (1Ls may send the transcript separately, as soon as it is available);
  3. a legal writing sample;
  4. a current resume; and
  5. contact information for three references.

Applications should be submitted through our website.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested students to apply early, as the positions will be filled once qualified candidates are found.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center 

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities;  
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;  
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and  
  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.

How To Apply

https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/telrEZmvZv/Summer-2019-Legal-Internships-In-DC

Please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/telrEZmvZv/Summer-2019-Legal-Internships-In-DC and upload all of the following:

  1. a cover letter explaining which particular programs or projects you are interested in joining: Liberty & National Security (DC), or Director of DC Office –policy issues;
  2. a current law school transcript (1Ls may send the transcript separately, as soon as it is available);
  3. a legal writing sample;
  4. a current resume; and
  5. contact information for three references.

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