U.S. Legal & Policy Summer 2018 Law Student Internship

Job Title: U.S. Legal & Policy Summer 2018 Law Student Internship

Department: U.S. Judicial Strategy Program & U.S. Policy and Advocacy 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 150 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 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 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 and state legislative policy.  This internship will provide the intern a unique opportunity to work with both the U.S. Judicial Strategy Program as well as the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program.  This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to-day operations of a public interest law organization with a dynamic in-house state policy team.  The intern will have opportunities to participate in legal research and analysis, legislative analysis and drafting, and coalition advocacy. 

The internship is full-time from Monday, June 4 through Friday, August 10. 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 not be limited to:

  • Monitoring and responding to state legislative, regulatory, and other policy developments, internally and in coalition with other organizations;
  • In-depth legal, factual, and legislative research in connection with active and potential litigation;
  • Development and drafting of policy and advocacy materials, including bill summaries and analyses for use in technical assistance activities and outreach; and
  • Working with our legal strategists on the Center’s amicus and judicial strategy matters. 


  • Completed at least one year of law school by June 2018;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated interest in reproductive rights, gender justice, and/or public interest work.

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.  


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.