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U.S. Policy & Advocacy Spring 2018 Law Student Intern

Date Posted: 1/16/2018
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: New York

Description of Organization:
Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C. and a diverse staff of more than 150 professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory. The Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its current and next Strategic Plan. The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought ground-breaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, has led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries. To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

Position Responsibilities:
he Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy (USPA) department is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of projects related to state policy analysis and nonprofit advocacy. This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to-day operations of a dynamic in-house state policy team, including legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents. The internship is part-time, ten weeks, and will begin in late January 2018 and end in April 2018. Exact schedule is flexible according to the student’s academic schedule, but preference will be given to candidates that are available for a minimum of 15 hours/week spread over multiple days. To participate in this internship, interns will need to receive academic credit from their schools. If credit is not offered by your school, a small stipend may be available for the right candidate. This internship will be based in New York, NY. Responsibilities: The scope of this internship will cover, but is not limited to: • Monitoring and responding to state legislative, regulatory, and other policy developments, internally and in coalition with other organizations; • In-depth legal and legislative research, analysis and drafting; and • Development and drafting of policy and advocacy materials, including bill summaries and analyses for use in technical assistance activities and outreach. Note that this internship does not lend itself to the development of a long writing sample. A short writing sample may be possible to cultivate.

• Current 2L or 3L in the New York City area during the Spring 2018 semester • Strong legal research and writing skills • Demonstrated interest in gender/women’s issues and reproductive rights • Previous public interest policy experience a plus

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Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.