The Disability Rights Section (“DRS”) is specifically charged with enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services and telecommunications.
The volunteer legal intern position involves assisting DRS in investigating allegations of discrimination against individuals with disabilities in violation of title I, title II, and title III of the ADA. In addition, the legal intern will be responsible for conducting legal research, compiling data, reviewing documents, drafting letters, and preparing legal memoranda and briefs. The volunteer undergraduate intern will provide support to our enforcement and regulatory work through research, analysis, and writing projects. Our ideal candidate has strong legal research, writing, and communication skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to civil rights. Interest or experience in disability rights law is a plus, but not required.
DRS accepts interns for every semester of the academic year, as well as the summer. For Spring and Fall internships, we hire 5-7 interns and we welcome interns who can work full time through an externship program during the school year or who can work for a minimum of 15 hours per week for at least a 10 week period. For Summer internships, we hire approximately 10 interns, and we prefer interns to work 40 hours per week for at least a 10 week period. The volunteer legal and undergraduate intern positions are both unpaid.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no more than 10 pages), three references (with current phone and email contact information for each individual) and transcript.
DRS fills internship slots on a rolling basis. We accept applications as follows: Fall internships – applications accepted March-May; Summer Internships – applications accepted October-January; Spring internships – applications accepted August-October.