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Posted on November 5, 2020

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center (the Center) seeks a law student extern for the spring 2021 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 spring semester are eligible to apply. This will be a remote externship. The Center will work with the extern to secure academic credit. 

*Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, NWLC is on mandatory telework through January 31, 2021.  Therefore, this internship opportunity will be fully remote.

About 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. 

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. 

Extern Duties and Responsibilities  

The student selected will be assigned to one attorney mentor but may work with several attorneys during the course of the semester and with the larger Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning team. The extern will support advocacy around federal budget and appropriations, anti-poverty programs critical to women’s economic security, as well as some potential tax policy work. 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 not likely involve litigation activities. 

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter indicating that you are interested in an externship with the Income Security team, when you are available to extern, and how many hours per week you can extern. A full application includes a cover letter, resume, transcript, a 5-10 page writing sample (a policy-based writing sample is preferred over a legal brief), and contact information for three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please submit your complete application to and include the position title in the subject line. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.  

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. 


If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at

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