Law Student Internships

Posted on February 7, 2017

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) seeks law student interns for the fall, spring and/or summer semesters. The Center conducts internship programs with law schools for each academic semester.

Interns would ideally be available full-time during the summer. Law students who are available to commit 12 to 15 hours or more per week during the academic year are eligible to apply.

Please visit to learn more about the various internship programs offered by NWLC.

The Organization

For over 40 years, the National Women’s Law Center has expanded the possibilities for women and girls in our country.  The Center uses the law in all its forms: getting new laws on the books; litigating ground-breaking lawsuits all the way to the Supreme Court; and educating the public about how to make the law and public policies work for women and their families.  The Center’s experienced staff take on the issues that cut to the core of women’s and girls’ lives in education, employment, health and reproductive rights, and income security, with special priority given to the needs of low-income women and their families.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

Students selected will be assigned to one attorney mentor, but may work with several attorneys during the course of the semester. The program attempts to match student preferences as to substantive areas and provide students with varied work assignments which may include writing briefs, drafting complaints, writing articles and fact sheets, commenting on proposed federal agency regulations, preparing Congressional testimony, researching legislative history, and attending court, executive branch and Congressional proceedings. It is not possible, however, to guarantee that each student will participate in litigation or other specific activities undertaken by the Center.

The NWLC office is an extremely friendly environment with many opportunities to learn and make professional connections. NWLC offers brown-bag lunches on a variety of timely topics and encourages interns to make the most of their time with the organization.

How to Apply

Before applying, please visit to confirm that an internship is still available.  If so, submit a cover letter indicating which program area(s) you are interested in (Income Security, Education, Workplace Justice, Reproductive Rights and Health, Judges & the Courts), when you are available to intern, and how many hours per week you can intern. A full application includes a cover letter, resume, transcript, a 5-10 page writing sample, and contact information for three references. Electronic submissions are preferred.  Please submit your complete application to and include the type of internship (academic credit or PIP) and the position title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, and LGBTQI individuals.