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

Selections for Summer 2021 have been made. If you are interested in academic externship for Summer 2021, please submit your resume per the instructions below. Applicants are also encouraged to submit their resumes for Fall 2021 as early as possible. Decisions will be made in or around April.

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.

Position description

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.

Internships usually begin in January, May, and September and last for 10 – 15 weeks, and law school credit will be offered for qualifying programs.

Qualifications

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 current resume with GPA and list of references.
  • a cover letter explaining why you are interested in working with the League;
  • a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages;

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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The League of Women Voters of the United States is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace based on equal opportunity. The League is committed to hiring staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity; a workplace where true diversity is fostered, and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged.

We actively seek and encourage women, minorities, persons with disabilities, immigrants, including DACA recipients, and individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities, to apply. 

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La Liga de Mujeres Votantes de los Estados Unidos está comprometida con un lugar de trabajo diverso e inclusivo basado en la igualdad de oportunidades. La Liga se compromete a contratar personal que refleje la gama completa de la raza, etnia, cultura, orientación sexual y la identidad socioeconómica de este país; un lugar de trabajo donde se fomenta la verdadera diversidad y se valoran e intercambian libremente diferentes perspectivas.

Buscamos y alentamos activamente a las mujeres, las minorías, las personas con discapacidades, los inmigrantes, incluyendo los beneficiarios de DACA y las personas de comunidades tradicionalmente subrepresentadas, a aplicar.