Ella Baker Summer internship program

Academic Credits


Hours per week

40 hours/ week



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York
United States


CCR created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering. Ella Baker Interns also become connected to a global community of social justice law students and lawyers through our Ella Baker Alumni Network. 

Interns work under the direct supervision of CCR attorneys and advocacy program managers on CCR cases and projects. Interns also participate in trainings on litigation skills, movement lawyering, and other relevant topics. Interns’ responsibilities may include: legal research & writing for domestic and international litigation, factual investigation, client & witness interviews, policy/legislative research, and participation in client and community meetings. In addition, students are provided opportunities to attend court proceedings, community and client meetings, and attend other law related panels and events.

Ella Baker interns work at the Center for Constitutional Rights’ office in NYC on cases in CCR’s three docket areas: Government Misconduct/Racial Justice, Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative and International Human Rights. In the past, students have worked on cases involving solitary confinement, discriminatory policing practices, social and economic rights, immigrants’ rights, U.S. detention and targeted killing practices, universal jurisdiction over international human rights abuses, gender and LGBTI justice domestically and internationally. Students also have the opportunity to work on various advocacy campaigns. Students at CCR experience the unique opportunities and challenges of doing social justice lawyering at a national organization.


·        Students must have completed their first year or second year of law school by summer of 2019. CCR does not accept law graduates in the Ella Baker program.

·        Excellent legal research and communication skills

·        Experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, gender justice, civil rights, international human rights, national security law, and/or social justice organizing


Because we have limited resources, CCR requires applicants to make every effort to secure their own summer funding. Possible sources include: your law school; local Bar Foundation; Equal Justice America, etc. However, if a student can demonstrate they diligently sought alternate funding but were ultimately unsuccessful, CCR will provide the student with a summer stipend. Accepted students will receive information on CCR sponsored stipends after receiving notice of their acceptance. The maximum amount of the stipend is $6,000 for the summer.  

How To Apply


The application process opens for 2Ls on September 18, 2018. Candidates will then be able to complete an online application on CCR’s website (ccrjustice.org). Please note, we will not be accepting applications before September 18. To apply, visit our website at https://ccrjustice.wufoo.com/forms/ella-baker-summer-internship-application-2019, students will be prompted to upload the following documents as a single PDF, named “Doe, Jane Application”:

Ø Cover Letter

Ø Resume

Ø Three references with contact information

If granted an interview, applicants may also be asked to submit a short legal writing sample.