Southern Poverty Law Center & King County Department of Public Defense summer internships, Washington Environmental Council

Immediate Hire: The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The Institute has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is also crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, such as the UN CERD and CEDAW Committees. The Institute works extensively in the UN system.

Apply: No calls please. Send immediately cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish by email here.

Due November 1: Federal Public Defender District of Oregon  – 8 Positions Intern Summer 2018

Application deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Federal Public Defender represents indigent people charged with federal crimes, including bank robbery, gun and drug crimes, immigration violations, and various frauds. Law clerks assist the defenders by researching legal issues and drafting trial memoranda, motions to suppress, jury instructions, appellate briefs, and other legal writing. Typical research topics involve search and seizure issues, the right to counsel, outrageous government misconduct, evidence questions, and constitutional issues in habeas cases.

We are currently recruiting for summer 2018, but will also consider externship applications for the 2017-2018 school year. We accept applications for both our Portland and Eugene offices. The position is full time during the summer months and can be part time (minimum 16 hours a week) during the school year.Students must have finished their first year of law school by the time they begin work. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, 5 page max writing sample (excerpts okay) and transcript to Jessica Snyder’s e-mail here.  (please include the term FPDapplication (one word) in your subject line).

Due November 1:  Southern Poverty Law Center 2018 Summer Legal Internship Application

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. Our Legal Department focuses on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

Responsibilities: Each summer, the Southern Poverty Law Center will host law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues in one of our five legal offices. Students receive supervision of their legal work by lawyers on our staff. We strive to create a work environment that is collaborative and intellectually rigorous. Summer interns assist Center attorneys, advocates, and paralegals with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy. Interns will be assigned to a practice group and office based on experience and the needs of the Center. Legal interns are compensated by the Center


Atlanta, GA
Jackson, MS
Miami, FL
Montgomery, AL
New Orleans, LA
Tallahassee, FL

Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin between late May and early June. A minimum commitment of ten consecutive weeks is expected.

Further information and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Washington Environmental Council

The Government Affairs Manager is an exciting opportunity for a full-time position with WEC and WCV to help advance goals across our four programs: Acting for Climate and Clean Energy; Protecting and Restoring Puget Sound; Preventing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure; and Sustaining Evergreen Forests. The position reports to the Government Affairs Director and is responsible for shaping and implementing lobbying and advocacy campaigns, fostering strong partnerships with elected leaders and issue experts, and galvanizing support for a healthy environment at local and state levels of government. As part of the Government Affairs team, this position will focus on local government advocacy and may also support state level lobbying and litigation strategies to meet the goals and objectives of a specific effort.

No phone calls or mailed applications please. We are hoping to fill this position as soon as possible and will be reviewing applications on a rolling deadline.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and a resume to on our website here.

Due September 22: King County Department of Public Defense Summer 2018

Application deadline: Friday, 9/22/2017

The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now actively recruiting 3rd year law students committed to working in public defense in King County to begin employment in late summer 2018. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. The scope of representation expected by an attorney is determined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards established by the State Supreme Court and that foster excellence in legal representation are observed in accordance with Washington State Bar Association guidelines. Attorneys in the Department of Public Defense are expected to complete all required trainings and to actively advance their level of practice by seeking additional learning opportunities.

Who May Apply: This recruitment is open to 3rd year law student candidates and may be used to fill current and/or future full-time and part-time career service and term-limited temporary positions in any of the Department’s four divisions and/or office locations in King County. Applications with be screened on a weekly basis beginning August 7, 2017. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in interviews beginning mid September 2017.

Where to Apply: Interested individuals should submit an online King County application, cover letter, resume, and short writing sample. You can find the online application here.

Council of State Governments-Project Manager

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan, research-driven strategies and tools to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center develops written and web-based materials, conducts complex data analysis, and provides on-the-ground technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, law enforcement, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.

For complete job description and apply here.