The Shriver Center on Poverty Law fights for economic and racial justice. Over the past 50 years, we have secured hundreds of law and policy victories with and for people experiencing economic instability in Illinois and across the country.
Everything we do is powered by communities most affected by poverty. We litigate, shape local policy, and train and convene multi-state networks of lawyers, community leaders, and activists to advance opportunity for all—not just the few.
Our country is rife with laws and policies that systematically disadvantage certain groups while advantaging others based on their race, gender, and other facets of their identities. We believe laws and policies—and the institutions that apply them—should be designed to support people. Together, we’re turning this ideal into reality. We are building a future where all people, families, and future generations have equal dignity, respect, and power under the law. Join the fight at povertylaw.org.
Position Overview: Legal interns are shared among the Advocacy teams. Descriptions for all teams are listed below.
- The Housing Justice team is dedicated to ensuring that every person has access to safe, decent, and affordable housing, and to advancing racial equity in housing law and policy. Currently, we focus especially closely on the preservation of subsidized and affordable housing, ensuring access to housing for justice-involved individuals, and adapting to the exigencies of the pandemic during this time of political transition. We engage in advocacy through a variety of litigation and policy advocacy, focusing especially on supporting communities at the grassroots level.
- The Legal Impact Network (LIN) is a network of statewide, multi-issue legal advocacy organizations from thirty-three states and the District of Columbia that seek to change systems that perpetuate poverty and racial inequity through multi-state legal and policy advocacy. LIN’s portfolio covers multiple issues (e.g., public benefits & housing) using a variety of advocacy tools (e.g., legal and policy advocacy, organizing, communications). An internship with the LIN team, therefore, offers experience as a generalist.
- The Healthcare Justice team works in coalition with and engages in administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance, and individual and class litigation, if necessary, to ensure access to quality healthcare. We advocate primarily to improve healthcare coverage and access for BIPOC communities who are at disproportionate risk of being uninsured, lack access to health care, and experience worse health outcomes.
- The Economic Justice team focuses on changing systems to ensure that workers receive good wages and strong supports such as paid sick leave and family/medical leave and have the ability to access public benefits that help families thrive. We also help protect worker health and safety and fight discrimination. In addition, the team promotes state budget and tax policies that benefit the lowest income taxpayers and provide sufficient funding for the programs we champion.
- The Community and Family Justice team focuses on a range of issues, including child welfare reform, criminal records, community re-entry, diversion from the juvenile justice system, collateral consequences of convictions, and the “school-to- prison pipeline.” The team collaborates with community-based advocates and, when necessary, with attorneys working on other issues in the Shriver Center’s comprehensive anti-poverty agenda.
- Provide legal research and writing in support of ongoing advocacy efforts.
- Complete policy research assignments.
- Attend advocacy meetings and events as well as community meetings and events (both remote and occasionally, in-person).
- Engage in the advocacy team’s overall work.
- Currently attending law school.
- Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills
- Excellent communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills and detail oriented.
- Experience working with racially and economically diverse communities.
- Demonstrated commitment to the Shriver Center on Poverty Law’s mission, vision, and values.
Salary/Benefits: $3,100, with taxes withheld as appropriate. Interns are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding elsewhere or course credit.
Hours Requirement: Interns are expected to work a total of 200 hours
Opening/Closing Date: All application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applications: Send cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample via email to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Fall Internship Application.”
Shriver Center employees have been working remotely. At this time, interns have the option to work remotely, but may choose to use the Shriver Center office space or attend in-person meetings.
At the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, we know that a richly diverse mix of professionals makes organizations more effective. As such, we make demographic and experiential diversity a hallmark and priority in our hiring.