Legal Interns — SPRING/SUMMER 2019

Who We Are

Public Rights Project seeks current law students for legal intern placements in Oakland, California for Fall 2018 and Spring and Summer 2019. Our summer internships are full-time; spring and fall placements can be part-time or full-time.

Public Rights Project is a public interest legal nonprofit launched in 2017 to empower state and local governments to protect the rights and freedoms that define us as Americans. We support progressive state and local governments to bring affirmative litigation to enforce civil rights, consumer protection, and environmental laws. Many of these cases are those the federal government may no longer pursue to protect communities from fraud, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. Public Rights Project helps states and cities increase state and local rights enforcement across the country.  

What We Do

We work with state and local prosecutors' offices, including Attorneys General, District Attorneys, and City Attorneys' Offices. We help them identify promising legal theories to enforce their residents' legal rights, and we help them marshal the resources to take action. We also run a fellowship program to embed early-career attorneys (3-5 years out of law school) in government for two years.

What We’re Looking For

An internship with Public Rights Project would be ideal for students interested in cutting-edge impact litigation, public service, and creative strategies to push back against federal encroachment on core civil rights and the rule of law. Interns will have an opportunity to work directly with the Legal Director, President, multiple cities and states across the country, and nonprofit partners. Interns will also have an opportunity to help shape the direction of a nonprofit legal startup and gain valuable experience in organizational and program design.

What You Bring

  • Excellent research and writing skills

  • An interest in public service lawyering and/or nonprofit management

  • Experience working in government and/or on campaigns

  • Experience with clinics and/or plaintiff-side litigation is a plus, but not required

  • Coursework in Fed Courts, Advanced Civil Procedure, and/or Advanced Constitutional Law is a plus, but not required

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send a short email describing their interest and any relevant qualifications from the above to, along with a resume.

We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds. This is an unpaid opportunity, but we will happily work with interns to secure outside funding and/or course credit for their internship.

Interns — SPRING/SUMMER 2019

What We’re Looking For

Public Rights Project (PRP) seeks an undergraduate (and recent college graduates) intern to assist the President, Legal Director, and Policy Director with research, organization building projects, and media assignments. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic candidates who believe in the power of state and local government to make positive, lasting change in the world. As part of a small and growing team, interns will play a crucial role in the success of day to day operations. This is a unique opportunity to work with a civil rights and legal non-profit in the early stages of its formation as it develops legal and policy strategies to protect underserved communities. 

Please note that while this is an unpaid opportunity, we provide a small stipend. However, we are interested in helping interns obtain academic credit and/or secure outside funding for their internship.

Time Commitment

During the academic year, a weekly time commitment of at least 12-15 hours is required. Interns must be able to work out of our Oakland office at minimum 2 days per week. During the summer, a weekly time commitment of 32 hours a week is required. (Note that PRP is easily accessible by BART. Remaining duties may be performed remotely.)

Duties & Responsibilities

PRP Interns will assist with various aspects of the organization’s work, including:

  • Conducting policy research.

  • Monitoring current events and news related to PRP’s civil rights, environmental rights, and economic rights priority areas.

  • Drafting social media content for Facebook and Twitter.

  • Assisting with fundraising tasks.

  • Assisting with the organization and maintenance of media files.

  • Assisting with managing our new fellowship program, including the application, interview, and selection process.

  • Staff local conferences, convenings, receptions, fundraisers, and events.

  • Work with the President and other staff on miscellaneous research tasks as necessary.

What You Bring

  • Passion for public service

  • Must currently be enrolled at an undergraduate institution.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work well with others and diverse groups.

  • An interest in public policy, communications, advocacy and/or state and local government work is a must.

Experience with any of the following is a plus (but not required):

  • Design

  • Rapid prototyping

  • Wireframes

  • Qualitative user research

  • Engineering

  • Full stack web development

  • Can write understandable, testable, and maintainable code - Python or Ruby preferred.

  • Experience organizing local electoral, policy or workplace campaigns

How To Apply

Please send a resume, unofficial transcript, list of 3 references, and an email explaining your interest at On the subject line, please write Undergraduate Internship Application.

We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds.