Posted on October 25, 2019

The Position:

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

Legal internships opportunities are available within the following program areas:

  • Reproductive Rights & Health
  • Income Security & Child Care
  • Education & Workplace Justice 

Year-Round Academic Credit Internships:
The Center’s Academic Credit internship program is a year-round program designed for students who are receiving academic credits from an accredited college or university. Students participating in the program may or may not receive third-party remuneration for their participation an internship program.

NWLC will work with the intern’s college or university to fulfill the Center’s supervision and educational obligations associated with the interns receiving academic credit for their work at the Center.

Summer 2020 Paid Internship Program:
Interns accepted in the Center’s Summer Paid Internship Program (PIP) will be paid by their university, another third-party, or if other funding is not available, by one of the limited NWLC paid internship opportunities. Students who receive academic credit for their internship at NWLC are not eligible for this program.

Intern Duties

Those 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 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 impossible, however, to guarantee that each student will participate in litigation or other activities undertaken by the Center.

How to Apply

To apply for a legal internship position, please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, a writing sample, and three references via e-mail to: In the subject line of the email, please be sure to include the semester you are available and the program area of your interest.  Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, 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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