Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 130 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For nearly 40 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.

Over the course of four decades our vision has remained steadfast—to protect and expand pathways to justice and the democratic process—while our programs and tactics have been nimble and resilient, evolving with changing times and the needs of our members and the progressive community. AFJ is known for identifying and addressing threats to public interest and civil rights organizations, as well as opportunities they can seize. We pool resources and talents, organize campaigns, mobilize constituencies and drive strategies.

AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy program advances the role of nonprofits in influencing public policy by helping organizations fully understand the legal rules governing advocacy activities, as well as how to assess and evaluate advocacy. By fighting for the rights of nonprofits and foundations to conduct and support advocacy, helping groups learn new advocacy skills and understand advocacy best practices, and responding to potential threats to nonprofit advocacy, we lay the groundwork for more organizations to advocate effectively on behalf of their communities. In addition, Bolder Advocacy works to build the capacity of the philanthropic sector to bring about change by influencing public policy.

Alliance for Justice’s staff are based in Washington, DC (headquarters), Oakland, Los Angeles, and Dallas. This announcement is only for legal interns who will be based in our Washington, DC location. The intern will work with AFJ staff in all four locations.

AFJ’s office in Washington, DC is seeking law school student applicants for a position within the Bolder Advocacy program for the Spring of 2019. The position may be eligible for course credit (pursuant to the procedures required by each law school).

Over the course of the internship, the legal intern will gain: knowledge of the legal framework governing nonprofit lobbying and other types of advocacy, including campaign finance laws in the post-Citizens United election landscape; experience in working with grassroots organizations; skills in researching nonprofit and foundation advocacy law issues, including the politicization of attacks on nonprofits (for example, Planned Parenthood and ACORN); and insight into the current political atmosphere and its effect on nonprofit advocacy work in America.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Draft internal memos and publications for a non-legal audience related to federal, state and local laws governing advocacy;
  • Monitor developments in lobbying disclosure laws, campaign finance laws, and other laws related to advocacy activities of nonprofits;
  • Conduct research on legal and political issues surrounding nonprofits, including in response to calls from nonprofits around the country;
  • Work with Communications and Development teams to draft press releases, blog posts, and other web content; and
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Must be a current law student;
  • Experience with or interest in nonprofit and grassroots advocacy and/or public policy;
  • Good research and writing skills;
  • Ability to analyze and clearly explain concepts of law and public policy to non-legal audiences;
  • Motivated, hardworking, and energetic;
  • Committed to the nonprofit sector and social justice;
  • Flexible and willing to take on a variety of assignments;
  • Experience with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (social media and blogging experience is a plus);
  • Some ability to speak, read, or write in Spanish or another non-English language a plus.

To apply:

Click the link below to submit a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and a list of three references.