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Lambda Legal seeks law students and public policy or social work graduate students for fall, spring and summer semester internships, based in our Los Angeles office.  Exceptional undergraduate students also may be considered.  Interns assist the Law and Policy Director, Law and Policy Senior Attorney, and other Lambda Legal staff with research and advocacy to develop and support passage of laws and policies to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families and everyone living with HIV, to defeat efforts to repeal or weaken such protections, and to assist with selected litigation and education projects to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge law reform and social change advocacy.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington DC.

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and educational work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBTQ people and individuals living with HIV, including federal and state constitutional law issues; fighting discrimination in employment, education, public accommodations, and housing based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV; advocacy on behalf of youth in foster care, juvenile justice, and homeless care systems; ensuring access to health care; challenging bias in the criminal justice system; safeguarding legal respect for same-sex couples’ relationships; securing parent-child relationships; advocating on behalf of people living with HIV; working to end LGBTQ-targeted harassment and violence; furthering the rights of LGBTQ and HIV-affected community members with regard to racial justice; and advocacy for low-income individuals who are LGBTQ or living with HIV. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark cases including Obergefell v. Hodges, Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Bragdon v. Abbott, Hively v. Ivy Tech, Glenn v. Brumby, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, Fields v. Smith, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.


Under the supervision of Lambda Legal’s Law and Policy Director and Senior Attorney, interns assist primarily with advancing and expanding Lambda Legal’s law and policy work. Tasks may include research and drafting relating to: proposed and model legislation, regulations and administrative guidance; educational and advocacy materials; other implementation of education and advocacy strategies; and work related to ongoing and prospective cases.


Because of the focused and challenging nature of the law and policy work Lambda Legal engages in, applicants enrolled in a joint degree program in law and public policy or government, or who have education, experience or background in public policy, will have an advantage. Commitment to public interest law also greatly strengthens an application. Lambda Legal encourages applications from people of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, and anyone living with HIV. The ability to speak Spanish or other additional languages is a plus.


These internships are nonpaying volunteer positions. Interns are strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for grants from their school and/or funding from other sources or course credit where available.


Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to:

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about these positions and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range and diversity of LGBTQ, HIV, and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people with disabilities, and anyone living with HIV are encouraged to apply.