Judicial Strategy Summer 2019 Law Student Internship

Job Title: Judicial Strategy Summer 2019 Law Student Internship

Department:  US Programs

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 180 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $30 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

Internship Summary: The Center’s U.S. Legal Program is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of projects related to judicial strategy, including development of legal theories to advance and protect reproductive rights over the long term, inside and outside the courts.  This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to-day operations of a dynamic public interest law organization, including legal or factual research and analysis. 

The internship is full-time from June 2019 through August 2019.  The internship will be based in the Center’s New York office. Candidates are encouraged to seek outside funding for their internship.  This internship is eligible for a small stipend if outside funding cannot be obtained.

The Center’s summer internship program includes opportunities for lunches with experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities with other organizations, and other activities.


The scope of the internship will cover, but is not limited to:

  • Conducting legal or factual research in connection with long term development of legal strategies and theories for use inside and outside the courts
  • Assisting with the drafting and publication of in-depth reports, op-eds, strategy memoranda, and other internal or public-facing written products.
  • Working on amicus brief strategy


  • Completed at least one year of law school by June 2019;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest, gender justice, and/or reproductive rights.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please include these application materials as attachments.  Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF under either the cv/resume or cover letter upload option. 


Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied to through the Center website. The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection) and nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process. If someone contacts you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application, please notify resumes@reprorights.org before taking any further action.  


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