Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 25-Oct-2017 to 24-Jan-2018 (EST)
  • US Legal Program
  • 10038, NY, USA
  • Summer Intern

Job Title: U.S. Litigation Program Summer 2018 Law Student Internship

Department: U.S. Litigation Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to use the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies; led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights; and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

Internship Summary: The Center's U.S. Litigation Program is looking for enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized interns with a commitment to reproductive rights, civil rights, and constitutional law to engage in a variety of projects related to litigation and judicial strategy. This internship will provide the successful candidates with experience in the day-to-day operations of a dynamic public interest law organization, including legal research and writing. The Center's summer internship program also includes opportunities for lunches with experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities with other organizations, and other activities.

The internship is full-time from June 2018 through August 2018. Interns will work in the Center's New York office. Interns are encouraged to seek outside funding for their internship. This internship is eligible for a small stipend if outside funding cannot be obtained.

The Center's summer internship program includes opportunities for lunches with experts in the field, social events, networking opportunities with other organizations, and other activities. 

The scope of the internship will cover, but is not limited to:

  • Analyzing state and federal legislation;
  • Conducting legal research in connection with active and potential litigation; and
  • Working with members of our legal team on developing and carrying out the Center's approaches to strategic and theoretical legal issues.


  • Completed at least one year of law school by June 2018;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest, gender justice, and/or reproductive rights.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for Applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications from current first-year students will only be accepted after December 1, 2017.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

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