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.


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