Three New Internships in Women’s Rights

1. Legal Internship Opportunity with API Chaya (Winter/Spring 2013)

Applications accepted on a rolling basis; internship to begin Jan. 2013. Bilingual applicants preferred

API Chaya is a community based nonprofit organization based in Seattle supporting South Asian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Arab and Middle Eastern survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes as well as human trafficking survivors of all backgrounds. API Chaya also organize communities to end violence and oppression. The legal intern will assist staff advocates in serving clients with legal needs which may include assisting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or trafficking with legal matters relating to immigration law, family law and criminal law; preparing for hearings; and completing legal paperwork. (Photo courtesy Laurelines.)

Preference for bilingual applicants, particularly in Asian, Pacific Islander or South Asian languages, for those who possess knowledge/familiarity with the communities we serve, and applicants with some previous experience with family or immigration law. Participating in 40–50 hour domestic violence and sexual assault training required in addition to 200 hours. Mentorship provided by an attorney with experience in areas of family, immigration, and criminal law. Position to begin in January 2013.

To apply send a resume and cover letter to: Applications will be considered as they come in.

PLEASE NOTE: Externship approval is pending; students who are interested should submit externship forms to as well as their applications to API Chaya.

2. 2013 Summer Internship at Legal Voice

Application deadline is January 31, 2013.

Legal Voice’s Legal Internship Program gives law students a unique opportunity to work in a non-profit legal setting and make a contribution to women’s rights. Interns work closely with staff attorneys on current legal issues in women’s rights law. Generally, interns research legal issues, work on case development, investigate policy issues, help staff the Legal Voice Information & Referral Phone Line and assist in preparing written materials. (Photo: Legal Voice.)

Summer internships require a time commitment of 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Applications should be submitted by January 31st of the year that you would like a summer internship. However, Legal Voice accepts interns year-round, with a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for 10 weeks. Submit applications five weeks prior to the beginning of the semester or quarter during which you would like to intern.

Legal Voice is committed to diversity in the workplace. Students of color and students from diverse communities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The internship is unpaid. Although Legal Voice cannot afford to pay a stipend, it will work with interns to obtain academic credit or outside funding.

Application Instructions: Interested persons should submit a detailed cover letter, résumé, transcript and writing sample. Mail, email or fax your application materials to:

Chloë Phalan
Program Assistant
Legal Voice
907 Pine Street, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101-1818
Fax: (206) 682-9556

3. InMotion Spring 2013 Legal Internship in New York in Women’s Rights

InMotion invites part-time law student interns for the spring semester. InMotion is a non-profit agency providing free legal services to low-income women throughout New York City. Since 1993, inMotion has helped thousands of women free themselves from abusive relationships, stay in their homes and win the financial support to which they—and their children—are legally entitled. (Photo from

InMotion’s mission is to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of women—low-income, under-served, abused—by offering them legal services designed to foster equal access to justice and an empowered approach to life. We fulfill our mission by providing free legal services, primarily in the areas of matrimonial, family and immigration law in a way that acknowledges mutual respect, encourages personal growth, and nurtures individual and collective strength. Informed by this work, inMotion promotes policies that make our society more responsive to the legal issues confronting the women we serve. This position requires a commitment of 10 –20 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Internships are unpaid, however interns may apply work-study, public interest law fellowship or clinical credit through their law schools to their internship. All positions are in our Manhattan office.

Interns work under the direction of inMotion’s staff attorneys and legal services director. Interns’ responsibilities will vary depending on their interests and inMotion’s program needs. Assignments include substantial opportunities to work directly with clients to conduct intake, assist in case assessment, secure uncontested divorces or immigration status through VAWA self-petitions and battered spouse waivers. Interns also draft responsive pleadings and motions, research legal issues, or attend domestic violence, Family Court, and/or immigration working group meetings.

InMotion is seeking a first, second or third year law student with good interpersonal and organizational skills, who is a self-starter, and highly motivated individual. Demonstrated interest in domestic violence issues or women’s issues is important. Knowledge of family, matrimonial and/or immigration law helpful but not required. Ability to work collaboratively and independently required. Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus.

To apply, upload your application via a secure online link.

Your application should include a cover letter with your availability, resume, writing sample and two (2) references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information, visit inMotion’s website.