Clerkships and Internships

Our law clerks and interns make so much of our work possible. Join our team to do substantive policy and litigation work on behalf of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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Summer Law Clerkship Program

Our Summer Clerkship Program is a competitive program for law students. The program provides a structured and intensive experience for students to immerse in civil rights issues and prepare for careers in public interest law and advocacy. Law clerks work together with staff attorneys in an arrangement that fosters leadership, peer learning, and organizational behavior learning. Clerks develop measurable goals and meet regularly with the Summer Program Coordinator to discuss the progress of their work. Equally important, clerks share their progress with each other in a collaborative environment.

Clerks will have the opportunity to gain a both substantive experience in at least one program area and wide breadth of experience in the various program areas at Advancing Justice | AAJC. We also work to give clerks the exposure the many of the types of work that Advancing Justice | AAJC attorneys perform as advocates. Clerks’ assignments include:

  • Researching case law and analyzing litigation opportunities;
  • Planning and moderating public education events, such as briefings and roundtable discussions;
  • Assisting with media and community outreach materials; 
  • Attending meetings on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies; and
  • Researching and drafting fact sheets, legislative testimony, agency comments, and legal memoranda.

In addition to their assignments, clerks are encouraged to take advantage of the many educational and networking opportunities available in DC each summer, including brown bag lunches, briefings, and events co-sponsored by Advancing Justice | AAJC and other national civil rights and Asian Pacific American organizations. 

The clerkship position is unpaid. Students are encouraged to pursue funding opportunities through their law schools and outside sources. Advancing Justice | AAJC will try its best to direct accepted students to funding sources and assist in completing funding applications.

Summer clerkship program dates are May 30 to August 4, 2017

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the clerkship program, resume, concise writing sample (3 to 5 pages), 2 or 3 references, and a transcript (unofficial accepted). Application materials can be sent to Summer Clerkship Hiring Committee by email to clerks@advancingjustice-aajc.org.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Submission of application materials in time to be received by January 31, 2017, is highly recommended. No phone calls please.

Communications Intern

The communications department seeks an intern to work on communications and media relations activities and social media tasks. The communications department is responsible for activities that seek to promote and brand Advancing Justice | AAJC. The department conducts public relations outreach, seeks to promote agency programs and material, and national campaigns.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Draft blogs, press releases, pitch letters, and other communications documents as assigned
  • Research journalists for potential outreach
  • Review editorial calendars for press opportunities
  • Write fact sheets or issue briefs
  • Review major newspapers daily for related stories
  • Assist with research; respond to requests for information
  • Monitor news trends and events to identify opportunities
  • Create and maintain media lists
  • Participate in strategy meetings with the communications team
  • Draft general correspondence and other administrative tasks as assigned
  • Assist with maintenance and creating content for the website
  • Assist with the development of new materials for AAJC’s social media sites
  • Assist with the execution of the department’s communications plan

Qualifications and preferred skills:

  • Majoring in journalism, public relations, marketing, or communications
  • Available at least 20 hours a week
  • Computer skills, knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet research skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and work efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group as well as part of a team 

Email a cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, your résumé, and a short writing sample  lthronton@advancingjustice-aajc.org. Resumes received without cover letters and writing samples will not be considered.  

Civil Rights Litigation / Policy Intern

We're seeking student interns interested in gaining firsthand experience in civil rights advocacy. Interns will work closely with program and litigation staff. Interns are expected to commit to 16-20 hours per week during the fall and/or winter semester, though specific start and end dates are flexible and weekly hours will be set upon hire. We will work with interns to ensure the position satisfies any course credit or curriculum requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

Litigation

  • Assisting with legal and factual research for Supreme Court amicus briefs and other legal briefs. 
  • Analyzing cases and pending litigation for potential AAJC involvement.
  • Drafting portions of briefs where appropriate.
  • Monitoring the Supreme Court docket and tracking other federal and state civil rights litigation.

Policy

  • Assisting with policy and legislative research.
  • Monitoring federal legislative and administrative activity.
  • Developing community outreach, education, and advocacy materials.
  • Preparing staff for hearings, briefings, and meetings with policymakers, community groups, and civil rights organizations.

Interns may express preference for litigation or policy assignments, or a mix of both. This is an ideal opportunity for law students and well-qualified college students interested in civil rights law, impact litigation, or public policy.

Applicants should have a strong interest in Advancing Justice | AAJC’s work. Candidates must have excellent research and writing skills. For law students, prior experience with civil rights litigation or appellate practice through a law school clinic, internship, or summer job is strongly preferred. Prior policy or research experience is strongly preferred for college students.   

To apply for this position please send a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
*Resumes received without cover letters and writing samples will not be considered.