Posted on January 10, 2020

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks candidates interested in educational equity to participate in its 2020 Summer Paid Internship and 2020 Spring/Fall Academic Credit Internship programs.

NWLC’s internship program provides students the opportunity to work on meaningful projects and gain valuable hands-on experience. NWLC offers a year-round academic credit internship program (part-time or full-time) and opportunities for paid positions in the summer.

Legal internship opportunities are available within the Education program team. NWLC’s Education program team focuses on three priority areas:

  • Fighting sexual harassment and violence in school, especially through enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
  • Lifting the voices of Black and brown girls to improve school climate (e.g., ending unnecessary suspensions & expulsions, increasing counselors and other mental health supports, reforming racist & sexist dress codes); and
  • Boosting supports for pregnant and parenting students.

These priority areas primarily focus on students in K-12 schools, although NWLC engages in a considerable amount of higher education issues, as well.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.


Interns are assigned to an attorney mentor but may work with several attorneys during the course of their internship. The program attempts to match student preferences to substantive areas and provide students with varied work assignments, which may include legal and legislative research; writing briefs; drafting complaints; writing reports and fact sheets; commenting on proposed federal agency regulations; and attending coalition meetings, briefings, or court, executive branch and Congressional proceedings. It is impossible, however, to guarantee that each intern will participate in litigation or other activities undertaken by NWLC.

NWLC endeavors to provide interns opportunities to learn and make professional connections to be successful advocates for gender justice. NWLC offers brown-bag lunches on a variety of timely topics and encourages interns to participate in such events and make the most of their time with the organization.


Experience or interest working in advocacy or policymaking preferred. Must have excellent analytical, oral and written communications and organizational skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to gender justice or civil rights broadly. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and have appropriate employment authorization documentation.


Interns accepted in the 10-week Summer Paid Internship Program will be paid a stipend of up to $5,625 by their university, another third-party, or if such funding is not available, by one of the limited NWLC paid internship opportunities.

NWLC also accepts applications for students who are interested in interning during the school year and are eligible to receive academic credit. Academic credit interns typically commit to at least 12 to 15 hours per week per semester. Although NWLC offers a $10/day stipend to defray the cost of food and transportation, the academic credit internship is an unpaid position. Academic credit interns may receive compensation from a third-party.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, transcript, a 5-10 page writing sample, and contact information for three references via email to In the subject line of the email, please include the semester you are available and your program area of interest (e.g., “Jane Doe: Fall 2020 Education Intern Candidate”). Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to: Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; veterans; and LGBTQI individuals.


As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center

ATTN: Human Resources Manager – Talent

11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

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