Summer Intern (2022)

Justice Action Center seeks a highly motivated law student to join our team as an Intern for Summer 2022. 

Justice Action Center (JAC) is a startup social justice organization that combines the power of storytelling with impact litigation to bring justice to immigrant communities. In just over a year, the organization has secured key wins for hundreds of thousands of immigrant visa holders, and currently is on the forefront of efforts to ensure fair treatment for children seeking safety in the United States.  JAC consists of seven staff based in remote locations throughout the U.S.  JAC is looking for an Intern who is comfortable working remotely in a start-up environment and who can expand JAC’s capacity to file innovative lawsuits to defend the rights of vulnerable immigrant populations.  

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW 

JAC’s summer intern will report to Jane Bentrott, Counsel, and will be responsible for helping to implement JAC’s litigation and communication strategies.  JAC is particularly interested in candidates who are committed to JAC’s efforts to fill gaps in litigation for immigrant communities and take creative approaches to combining storytelling and litigation.  

  • Time Commitment: The internship requires a commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per week. 
  • Internship Duration: Internships are a minimum 8-week period.  
  • Stipend: A small stipend may be available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work study or course credit. 

WHAT YOU’LL DO 

Interns will gain valuable experience by working with the team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Perform legal research and author memoranda on novel legal issues. 
  • Contribute to drafting of complaints, habeas petitions, motions, and briefs. 
  • Interact and build relationships with clients and potential plaintiffs that will enable our legal work product to reflect and amplify their stories. 
  • Review draft press releases and other social media materials to identify and correct any legal errors or ambiguities and to strengthen the intended messaging.  
  • Contribute to JAC’s vision and strategy for combining litigation and storytelling, and for filling unmet legal needs in impact litigation. 
  • Commit to working collaboratively and respectfully, both with JAC colleagues and with co-counsel. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (QUALIFICATIONS) 

Interns should possess the following: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of law school (two is preferred).  
  • Strong legal writing and research skills. 
  • Willingness to work and be mentored remotely in a start-up environment. 
  • A highly collaborative style and good listening skills. 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated passion for immigrant and/or civil rights. 
  • Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful and respectful manner and with a trauma-informed approach. 
  • Willingness to provide thoughtful and timely feedback on improving the remote internship experience with JAC.  

READY TO APPLY? 

Great. We can’t wait to learn more about you! Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and a list of 2-3 references to careers@justiceactioncenter.org with the subject line “Summer Intern Application.” In your cover letter, please include your pronouns, your preferred work city and state, and any languages you speak, including level of proficiency. Also, we welcome you to share in your cover letter how your experiences and skills will advance JAC’s mission.    

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. Please note that this posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the responsibilities of the Intern position. The duties, responsibilities, and activities of the Intern position may change at any time without advance notice. This posting does not represent a contract of employment.  

JAC is an equal opportunity employer. JAC recognizes the unique and valuable skills that immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and all disproportionately under-represented individuals can bring to this work and strongly encourages such individuals to apply.   

JAC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please e-mailkaren.tumlin@justiceactioncenter.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation for the interview process.