Summer Law & Policy Internship

Summer Law and Policy Internship

Description and Qualifications

Juvenile Law Center seeks first- and second-year law students to work with us during the summer of 2022. Interns assist Juvenile Law Center attorneys in researching children's rights issues, writing legal and policy memoranda, preparing training materials, supporting ongoing litigation and legislative initiatives, and responding to requests for assistance.


Time Commitment and Stipend

Summer interns generally are expected to work full-time (40 hours/week) for 10 weeks over the summer. Anticipated start date is late May 2022. We expect interns to be able to join us in our office in Center City, Philadelphia. However, due to the evolving nature of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, there is still a possibility we could be working remotely. Interns will be notified of such a plan well in advance of their prospective start date.


Summer interns will receive a summer stipend of up to $6,000. Internships for credit are not eligible for a stipend. Stipends are intended to make the internship accessible to all individuals who may be interested in working with us. To expand the pool of stipend funding available, interns are encouraged to seek funding from other sources; Juvenile Law Center can assist with applications for outside funding, including from the federal work study program. Hiring decisions are made independently of your ability to secure outside funding.


Internship Programming

Interns are invited to learn more about Juvenile Law Center and our work during the course of the summer. Interns participate in informative lunches with staff at Juvenile Law Center and other Philadelphia public interest law firms. They are also invited to visit and learn about other organizations that serve youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.


To Apply

Please submit your resume, a writing sample, two references with email addresses and phone numbers, and a cover letter indicating your interest in the position to with the subject line “Summer Law and Policy Internship.”


We want to know why you are applying for an internship with Juvenile Law Center: In your cover letter, please discuss your interest in working with Juvenile Law Center; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support Juvenile Law Center’s commitment to diversity.


Juvenile Law Center’s mission is to advocate for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity in the child welfare and justice systems. The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling this mission.


Juvenile Law Center is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to the diversity of our staff as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, class, sex, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or juvenile or criminal justice involvement,

including prior record of arrest, adjudication, or conviction. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.


Juvenile Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.



Priority 2L Deadline: Juvenile Law Center will review applications from 2L students on a rolling basis until December 1, 2021; interested 2L applicants are encouraged to apply before this time. First year students are invited to apply after December 1.


Final Deadline: February 1, 2022


Final hiring decisions will be made by the end of February.


Organization Background

Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for all youth in the child welfare and justice systems.


Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. Current issues can be found here.