Summer Legal Internships

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking law students for our 2018 summer legal internship program in New York City and Washington D.C.

About NELP:

The National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org) is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and the unemployed. We collaborate with national, state and local allies–including worker centers, community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks–to create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.nelp.org.

The Internship:

With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century. Our work includes:

  • Developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low‐wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces, and face retaliation when trying to organize;
  • Research and policy development to address the rise of outsourcing, “gig economy,” and contingent work structures (“the fissured economy”) to ensure fair wages and job quality;
  • Developing policies and providing campaign support to raise labor standards at the federal, state, and local levels, with a particular focus on supporting ongoing worker campaigns for $15 an hour and the right to unionize; fighting back against rollbacks at the federal level; and eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from core minimum wage protections.

Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of this work, including:

  • Providing legal, policy and strategic assistance for campaigns, including drafting legislation, legal research and analyses, and policy briefs;
  • Strategic participation in litigation related to wage and hour and other labor standards issues, including drafting amicus briefs and preparing legal research memos;
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, and community educational materials and engaging in strategic communications.

To Apply:

Interested students should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to cgao@nelp.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship.” Please specify whether you are interested in an internship in New York City or Washington DC. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. NELP provides internship opportunities for candidates who secure funding from their school or other programs or who receive academic credit for their work.  NELP does not permit unpaid internships. Funding may be available through the Peggy Browning Fund.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity employer.  Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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