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Legal Internships at LWV- Voting Rights, Litigation, and Advocacy

The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) is a nonpartisan, community-based membership organization dedicated to empowering citizens and ensuring an effective democracy. Founded in 1920 as an outgrowth of the struggle to win voting rights for women, the League has more than 300,000 members and supporters and is organized in every state. The League continues to lead efforts in the voting rights arena to remove barriers in registering to vote and casting a ballot.


We are seeking legal interns to work with the Advocacy and Litigation department of our Washington, DC office on a variety of voting rights issues. Under the supervision of the Director of Advocacy and Litigation, the legal intern’s work plan will include a mixture of assignments that support both policy advocacy and litigation efforts. Policy work may include researching and writing legal memos, analyzing potential priority states for future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state-level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation. Litigation work may include drafting legal memos for the litigation team, including analysis of state laws relating to voting rights, improving elections, campaign finance/money in politics, and redistricting. The internship starts in January 2019, lasts for 10 – 12 weeks, and law school credit will be offered for qualifying programs.


Current 2L or 3L at an accredited university. Demonstrable legal research, analysis, and writing skills; initiative, imagination, and versatility; and a passion for our issues.


How to Apply

Please email [email protected] with "[Year] [Term] Legal Internship/Externship" in subject line and attach the following:

  • a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working with the League;
  •  a current law school transcript;
  • a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages;
  • a current resume;
  • contact information for three references.

We accept applications and will fill position(s) on a rolling basis and students may submit their applications by March 15 for Summer; July 15 for Fall; and November 15 for Spring internships. We encourage all students to apply and we encouraged interested students to apply early. The League is committed to:

  • Hiring staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity;
  • creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • ensures that all members of the League of Women Voters of the United States community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within our organization; and
  • is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.