2021 Fall Legal Internship

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a law student for a 2021 fall legal internship in Washington, D.C. (with the option to work remotely).

Who We Are

Founded in 1969, the nonprofit National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a leading advocacy organization with the mission to build a just and inclusive economy where all workers have expansive rights and thrive in good jobs. Together with local, state, and national partners, NELP advances its mission through transformative legal and policy solutions, research, capacity building, and communications. Our victories over the last decade have impacted the lives of an estimated 100 million workers and their families. We lead and collaborate in fights for higher pay and just benefits, secure and safe jobs, and support at each stage in a worker’s life. We build worker power and we challenge rules that allow corporate harm and undue power. We are transforming precarious work by raising the floor so that every job is a good job and everyone who wants a job can have one. Together over the next decade, we will build Black, immigrant worker power and advance transformative solutions to achieve racial and economic justice. For more information, read our annual reports and explore our website: www.nelp.org

NELP has a team of 45 staff people based across offices in New York City, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, CA, with a 12-person Board of Directors, an annual budget of $14M, and hundreds of partners in the field with whom we work to further our mission.

The Internship:

With a staff of lawyers, researchers, communications, and policy experts, NELP works in close partnership with lawyers, grassroots organizing groups, and reformers to test new policy models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, and to enforce long-fought legal rights and protections, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century.

NELP will work with the 2021 fall legal intern on projects at the intersection of worker rights and immigrant rights, including work focused on protecting workers from retaliation, responding to problems created by worksite immigration enforcement, improving health and safety, and supporting local and state organizations expanding benefits and support to immigrant workers.

Fall 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 as well as state and federal administrative advocacy, including drafting briefs, preparing legal research memos, and developing comments on regulatory proposals;
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, and community educational materials and engaging in strategic communications.

To Apply:

Interested students should Submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample (if possible, in one PDF document) via http://bit.ly/WorkWithNelp, choosing “Fall 2021 Legal Internship” from the “Position” drop-down menu under “Application Information.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible and no later than September 10, 2021. Candidates should state clearly in their cover letter whether they will be receiving academic credit.

To be eligible, the intern should be available to work 8–10 hours a week. As NELP does not permit unpaid externships or internship, the intern must either be receiving academic credit, as part of an approved law school for-credit course or program during the fall 2021 semester, or NELP may be able to structure the internship as a paid internship (paid $20 per hour). Contact Laura Huizar (lhuizar@nelp.org) if there are any questions regarding the internship requirements.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

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