Semester Law & Policy Internship

Juvenile Law Center offers public interest law internships to current 2L and 3L students as well as graduate students in relevant fields. 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.

Fall and spring internships are part-time, usually 10-15 hours a week. We work with fall and spring interns to help secure work study funding or academic credit.

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 internships@jlc.org with the subject line “Semester 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.

As an equal opportunity employer, Juvenile Law Center strives to be an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to building a diverse staff and are dedicated to uplifting the voices of under-represented communities as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital or parental status, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or justice system involvement. We do not discriminate or exclude prospective employees based on criminal backgrounds or ex-offender status.

Applicants striving to advance equity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems, who fit into any under-represented group, are encouraged to apply and self-identify during the application process.

Deadlines:

Fall Semester: Closed

Spring Semester: Rolling.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. 

Organization Background

Juvenile Law Center is a national public interest law firm located in Philadelphia that advocates for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. Juvenile Law Center plays a leadership role nationally and in Pennsylvania in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, secure access to appropriate services, and ensure a smooth transition from adolescence to adulthood. Our strategies include litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus briefs, policy reform, public education, training, and strategic communications. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, applied fairly, and reflective of international human rights values.