Jobs: Youth in Out-of-Home Care Undergraduate Intern

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Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project seeks undergraduate students for Spring and Summer internships.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project works to affirm and uphold the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and gender-nonconforming (LGBTQ+) youth in child welfare, juvenile justice, and homeless systems of care. We also fight discriminatory laws and policies that seek to bar qualified LGBTQ+ adults from becoming foster and adoptive parents. We partner with attorneys, judges, advocates, social workers, case managers, lawmakers, and youth themselves to ensure that care systems provide safe, competent, and affirming services to all who access them.

Interns will be based in our New York City office.


  • Conduct research into state and local child welfare and juvenile justice systems to enhance advocacy efforts on behalf LGBTQ+ youth and prospective parents accessing these systems.
  • Attend meetings with city government and local advocacy groups working on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth in systems of care.
  • Work with national coalitions to fight discriminatory policies that seek to bar LGBTQ+ adults from providing loving homes to youth in care.
  • Assist in the development of educational materials for LGBTQ+ youth and child welfare professionals, including publications, blog posts, and multimedia presentations.


Candidates for the internship should have a strong commitment to social justice, equality, and civil rights issues, particularly those involving LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected communities. Top-notch research and writing skills are essential, and a familiarity with systems of care is a plus. Candidates with experience in care are highly encouraged to apply.


As this is an unpaid position, applicants are encouraged to seek out financial support from their schools or other sources.


Please put the title of the position (Youth in Out-of-Home Care Internship) in the subject line of the application email. Lambda Legal will accept applications during the following periods:

For spring, please apply between September 1 and October 15.

For summer, please apply between January 1 and February 15.

Send a cover letter and resume to Amy Cook at acook@lambdalegal.org. Applications submitted via third party websites will not be considered.

Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of the status of applications unless an interview is granted.

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