Income Security Extern

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center (the Center) seeks a law student extern for the fall 2022 semester for the Income Security team to support the Center’s work advocating to increase the economic security of women and families with low incomes. Law students who are available to commit 12 to 15 hours or more per week during the fall semester are eligible to apply. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, this will be a remote externship. The Center will work with the extern to secure academic credit.

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 women of color, LGBTQ+ people, and low-income women and families.

For 50 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.

Extern Duties and Responsibilities

The student selected will be assigned to one attorney mentor but may work with several attorneys during the semester and with the larger Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning team.

The extern will support advocacy around tax policy, housing policy, federal budget and appropriations, and anti-poverty programs critical to women’s economic security. This work includes tracking federal legislation; attending Congressional proceedings, coalition meetings and policy briefings; and supporting the preparation of NWLC products like factsheets, reports, or comments on proposed federal agency regulations. This externship will likely not involve litigation activities.

How to Apply

To apply, please forward:

  • a resume, including exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment;
  • a cover letter indicating your interest in an externship with the Income Security team, when you are available to extern, and how many hours per week you can extern;
  • a transcript;
  • a 5-10 page writing sample (a policy-based writing sample is preferred over a legal brief); and
  • contact information for three (3) references.

Please send application materials via email to: [email protected] and include the position title in the subject line. 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 and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans. 

Reasonable Accommodations 

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email [email protected].