The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) seeks law student interns for the fall, summer, and spring 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

We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives- at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. The Law Center has a staff of more than 80 and an annual budget of more than $18 million. Guided by the organization’s strategic plan, the Law Center is growing in size, influence and impact, and making significant changes internally in systems, processes and culture to support this growth. For more information on the Center, visit

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. When applying, please send application materials to the corresponding inbox for the internship opportunity you are interested in (see below).  A full application includes a cover letter, resume, transcript, a 5-10 page writing sample, and contact information for three references. Please also include when you are available to intern, and how many hours per week you can intern.  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.

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For all internship inquiries or questions, please contact

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, women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

Reasonable Accommodations

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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