United States Litigation Program Summer 2019 Law Student Internship

Job Title:        United States Litigation Program Summer 2019 Law Student Internship

Department:  United States Litigation Program

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, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 160 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 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. Litigation Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized interns with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of projects related to litigation.  Interns will be immersed in the Center’s fast-paced litigation and have an opportunity to hone their legal research and writing skills.  The Center’s summer internship program also includes opportunities for lunches with experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities, and other activities.


Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable reproductive rights litigation experience.  The scope of the internship will include, but is not limited to:

  • Legal analyses of state and federal statutes and regulations;
  • Conducting legal and factual research in connection with active and potential litigation;
  • Writing memos to develop and carry out the Center’s active and potential litigation; and
  • Contributing to the Center’s strategic thinking and approach to impact litigation


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

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

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, resume, writing sample of no more than 10 pages, and contact information for three references must be included in your application.   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 positions are 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 through the Center website.  The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). 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 careers@reprorights.org before taking any further action.  


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