Internships

Law student interns - Summer 2018

The Public Justice Center (PJC) is offering four internship opportunities to law students during summer 2018: one position in the Human Right to Housing Project, one in the Workplace Justice Project, one in the Appellate Project, one in the Civil Right to Counsel Project and, one in the Race Equity Team. Applicants may apply for more than one position, but must indicate the projects with which they are interested in working and must submit full and complete applications for each position, according to the instructions below.  Each intern will be supervised by an attorney in the project.    

Law interns typically work over a ten-week period, although specific dates and hour requirements vary by internship. Although there are no funds available to compensate an intern, the PJC does reimburse parking expenses and will work with the successful candidate to secure funding from any potential source, such as law-school-based public interest programs or Equal Justice Works.  The PJC is also a federal work-study employer.

Position Descriptions

Human Right to Housing Project

The HRTH project assists tenants throughout Maryland in preserving their fundamental human right to housing. Project staff advocate for law reform, represent tenants on impact issues, provide legal advice, support grassroots organizing efforts, and empower tenants to advocate for themselves. The HRTH Summer intern will work closely with staff attorneys and paralegals to advance the project’s goals through legal research and writing, which will often become part of a client’s pleadings or a document used to advocate for legislative/regulatory reform, as well as client intakes. The HRTH position will likely expose the intern to aspects of both trial and appellate advocacy.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a background and/or interest in one or more of the following:  public interest law/poverty law, domestic or international human rights law, and community organizing or community economic development. She or he will also possess excellent legal research and writing skills, attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, and the ability to work with a class- and race-diverse constituency. Spanish proficiency or fluency is favored but not required.

Workplace Justice Project

The Workplace Justice Project partners with low-wage workers and fellow advocates to promote justice in the workplace and in the courts. We litigate in federal and state courts to empower our clients to stand up to wage theft and recover their unpaid wages. We advocate in the legislature for systemic reforms to strengthen our workplace laws and ensure access to justice for all workers. We work in coalition to strengthen workplace health and safety policies. In all of our work, we promote the fundamental right to work with dignity.

Current actions include implementing and enforcing the recently-enacted Unpaid Wage Lien Law, attacking all forms of wage theft, improve workplace health & safety through agency enforcement occupational and workplace safety laws, and breaking down the barriers to fair employment facing low-income and immigrant workers. The intern’s responsibilities may include: assisting in ongoing strategic litigation, case investigation, and public policy initiatives.  

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for lawyering in the public interest, an interest in issues affecting low-wage and immigrant workers, and the ability to communicate in Spanish.

Civil Right to Counsel Project

The Civil Right To Counsel Project staffs the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC). The NCCRC seeks to establish a right to counsel for indigent persons in civil cases implicating basic human needs cases, such as shelter, sustenance, safety, health, and child custody.  The NCCRC has nearly 300 participants in 38 states that seek to expand, defend, and grow support for the right to counsel via litigation, legislation, education, public advocacy, and research. The NCCRC has helped win cases before numerous state supreme courts, developed a website (civilrighttocounsel.org) with 50-state data on the status of right to counsel and current activities, and supported the American Bar Association’s development of a resolution and Model Act that support the principle and implementation of a right to counsel in basic human needs civil cases.

PJC's Race Equity Team

The PJC’s Race Equity Team is seeking a law student intern to support its work efforts focused on addressing inequities based on race in all areas of PJC’s work.  This work includes support in developing an organizational learning agenda for staff to gain core competencies, skills and knowledge surrounding race, racism, inequity and privilege; helping to strengthen a focus on race equity within each area of PJC’s work.  The intern can expect to do writing, legal research, policy research, public speaking, and any other task related to the work of addressing race equity.  Applicants applying to this position need to submit a one-page statement on the topic of race in addition to the four application items.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit an email to Sulma Gúzman (guzmans@publicjustice.org) and David Rodwin (rodwind@publicjustice.org) with the following attachments:

(1) Cover letter, including a statement of your interest, knowledge, or experience in the particular internship sought. Note: Please indicate which project you want to intern with in your cover letter
(2) Resume;
(3) List of three references; and,
(4) One writing sample that reflects solely the applicant’s work.

The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted with selected candidates, by telephone or in person, if the candidate is near Baltimore.

Internships at other times of year

The PJC welcomes interns throughout the year whose interests, abilities, and availability match with a current need of the staff. To be considered, please send a resume and letter explaining your interest, abilities, and availability to Sulma Gúzman (guzmans@publicjustice.org) and David Rodwin (rodwind@publicjustice.org).