Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

***ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to submitting an application to the Institute of Politics by February, 2/7, applicants must apply directly to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law at the bottom of this webpage: under the "Undergraduate/Recent Graduate Internship Program" tab.

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

  • Writing Sample

LOCATION: Washington D.C.

INDUSTRY: Advocacy / Grassroots

ABOUT US: The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today. We house a number of projects that work to promote racial justice across different advocacy areas.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Each undergraduate student intern is assigned to work primarily, but not exclusively, in one of the following areas: Communications/Development, Educational Opportunities, Economic Justice, Public Policy, Stop Hate, Voting Rights, Social Science or Criminal Justice. Depending on the project and need, interns will be supporting staff on research, writing, and even community outreach.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS: Social Media Management & Marketing, Statistical & Data Analysis, Foreign Language Skills

REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: In a traditional setting, Lawyers' Committee staff relatively have an "open door policy." Given we are remote until further notice, we utilize slack, email, and other methods of virtual communication to stay in touch with everyone. For interns, coordinators are planning a number of virtual events, trainings, and workshops for interns to meet and chat with other staff.


WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Once set up with credentials, intern will need to download Microsoft Teams. This program is widely used for communication among staff members.

2018 Intern Reflection:

Working for civil rights in DC, the nation’s capital and the heart of the political arena is incredible! I have gone to rallies at the Capitol with my director, heard speeches by several Congressional officials including Cory Booker and Kamela Harris, and have made many visits to the Supreme Court to hear decisions from cases that this law firm has worked on. This summer has been particularly eventful with the end of the SCOTUS term, midterm elections, the SCOTUS vacancy, and the constant threats to civil rights. While I am just an intern, I feel like I have been able to make an impact in this organization through my role in communications. I have written articles for the website, helped increase our presence on social media, and covered many rallies, protests, and marches for the many people who follow us. I have even worked directly with the President Kristen Clarke on assignments such as drafting letters to Senators to keep families together and writing briefings on legislation.

Since there are many summer internship programs sponsored by Lawyers' Committee, there are many legal and undergraduate interns here this summer from all over the country who are interested in civil rights and law. This has not only made the internship so much fun, but has allowed me to connect with people my age who share my passion for social justice through law. The rest of the staff has also been very warm and welcoming as everyone is open to sharing their ideas and sitting down with you to field any questions you might have. We have a lot of brown bag lunches where we debrief on major events, and share our thoughts on what they will mean for the future of civil rights. I think this internship combines the best of a summer civil rights legal experience and meeting like-minded individuals, taking advantage of being in D.C. during such a busy time. This experience has been amazing!

Regina Fairfax '20

Washington, D.C.