Legal Interns

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

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.

Desired qualifications include: 

  • 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 Civ Pro, and/or Advanced Con Law is a plus, but not required

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

We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds. We will happily work with interns to secure outside funding and/or course credit for their internship.


Public Rights Project (PRP) seeks an undergraduate intern to assist the President, Legal Director, and Director of Special Projects 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 legal non-profit in the early stages of its formation as it develops legal and policy strategies to protect underserved communities. 

Please note that this is an unpaid opportunity, however we are interested in helping interns obtain academic credit and/or scholarships for their internship.

A weekly time commitment of at least 8-10 hours is required. Interns must be able to work out of our Oakland office at minimum 2 days per week. Note that PRP is easily accessible by BART. Remaining duties may be performed remotely.  

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.

Desired qualifications include:

  • 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.

Please send a resume, unofficial transcript, list of 3 references, and an email explaining your interest to Ashley Nakai at ashley at publicrightsproject dot org.

We value diversity and welcome potential interns from all backgrounds. We will happily work with interns to secure outside funding and/or course credit for their internship.





Public Rights Project is a nonprofit startup seeking to equip progressive state and local public entities with the talent, resources, and support they need to protect their residents' legal rights. As the federal government de-prioritizes enforcement of civil rights, consumer rights, and environmental laws, federal inaction places State Attorneys General, City Attorneys, and District Attorneys on the front lines of protecting people from discrimination, fraud, and disenfranchisement. Public Rights Project will provide their reinforcements. Focusing in three core areas of legal impact – economic justice, racial and gender justice, and environmental justice – Public Rights Project will recruit talented attorneys to work as 2-year fellows in state and local public law offices and help those offices build their capacity for proactive rights enforcement.

PRP seeks a Director of Special Projects (DSP), who will work with PRP staff to build the organization, develop our strategies for impact, and launch our pilot partnerships with one or more public entities. The DSP will provide direct support to the President and other PRP staff and consultants. This is a unique opportunity to help develop an organization from the ground up and to help launch cutting-edge strategies to protect underserved communities. The DSP will report directly to the President.


●  Research and write newsletters for publication regarding news and policy developments in federal, state, and local agency enforcement related to PRP’s mission.

●  Research and write internal reports regarding prospective legal, policy, and financial partners for PRP.

●  Design and draft PRP’s promotional materials, including fact sheets, powerpoint decks, and brochures.

●  Oversee PRP’s communications strategy.

●  Manage research and strategy for donor outreach in collaboration with PRP’s

 fundraising team.

●  Oversee PRP’s public events, including logistics, outreach, and communications. 

Work with the President to design and implement internal and external facing

programs including workshops, conferences, roundtables, and trainings.

● Work with the President and team members to create, document, and implement

replication strategies for successful PRP events and initiatives

● Develop and manage data-driven reports to measure program outcomes, successes

and learnings

● Provide administrative support to the President.


●  Manage and oversee other special projects as needed at the direction of the President.

●  Manage undergraduate interns.


●  Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience in law, policy, government, research, or other relevant fields. May substitute 2 years of related experience in lieu of the degree requirement.

●  Extensive writing experience a plus.

●  Fundraising experience a plus.


●  Superb analytical, research, and writing skills.

●  Excellent communication and public speaking skills.

●  Graphic and/or web design skills a plus.

●  Creativity and a problem-solving mentality.

●  Ability to juggle multiple roles at a time and work in a fast-paced startup environment.

●  Ability and willingness to be flexible to account for unforeseen challenges/opportunities facing PRP as a new organization.

●  Ability to work well with others and diverse groups.

●  Dedication to supportive, collaborative teams and fostering professional development

across the organization.

●  A belief in the power of state and local government to make positive, progressive

change in the world.

●  A passionate commitment to economic, racial, gender, and environmental justice.


The DSP works collaboratively with staff, contractors, and other partners on a daily basis to help build Public Rights Project.


Must be able to read and write multiple hours per day, and travel domestically on an airplane 5-7 times per year.


Public Rights Project is a new nonprofit, committed to minimizing our overhead costs in order to maximize our impact. We work out of coworking space in Oakland, CA.

Salary competitive with other nonprofit legal organizations. Excellent benefits. PRP is a project of the Tides Center and is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity valued. Applications invited without regard to race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Please email: with a cover letter and resume.