Jobs: Youth in Out-of-Home Care Law Student Intern

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Lambda Legal’s Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project seeks law students for fall and spring 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.


  • Assist the Project Director with investigation, research, and drafting in ongoing cases, prospective cases, and amicus curiae briefs.
  • Research, draft, and edit publications on LGBTQ+ issues for public education.
  • Assist the Project Director in preparing reports, articles, and other written materials on major child welfare issues related to LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Assist in advocacy efforts for the implementation of LGBTQ+-inclusive child welfare/ juvenile justice policy recommendations to national, state, and local lawmakers and other public officials.


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 Law Student Internship) in the subject line of the application email. Lambda Legal will accept applications during the following periods:

For fall, please apply between June 1 and July 15.

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

(Please note that there is no law student internship specific to the Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project in the summer.)

Send a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample 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 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.