Fellowships & Internships

Fellowship and Internships

NTBA beliees in the power of fellowships and internships to shape careers and foster growth. We are committed to providing up-to-date resources to support your journey.

We regularly conduct audits to ensure that the information posted here remains accurate and up-to-date. Please note that some posts may be blank due to expired opportunites. Nevertheless, we encourage you to explore the available listings as they can serve as a starting point for further research and potential leads.


Embark on an enriching journey with transformative fellowship programs, designed to empower and cultivate the next generation of trailblazers. Explore unique opportunities for professional growth, mentorship, and impactful contributions to our community. 

Updated: September 6, 2023

Legal Fellow, Reproductive Rights and Health Litigation – National Women’s Law Center · Washington DC-Baltimore Area (Hybrid)

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Legal Fellow focused on litigation to join the Reproductive Rights and Health team. The Fellow will support litigation efforts across the Reproductive Rights and Health team’s program areas. This is a full-time, one-year term limited position. This is an exempt position of 37.5 hours per week.


$85,490/yr – $93,967/yr · Full-time · Entry level


To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, 5–10 page legal writing sample, and three references. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans.

Research indicates members of marginalized groups tend to underestimate their qualifications and apply only if they are a 100% match. If you are passionate about NWLC’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t check all the boxes, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.


If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email

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Updated: June 2023

The Secret of Success

In 2023, Parivar Bay Area will launch 2 TGNCI Leadership Development Programs focused on Transgender, Non-Binary and Intersex leaders who are interested in developing their advocacy, civic engagement and government interest. This program spans 10 consecutive weeks of group and individual work culminating in a final project.

15 leaders will be selected and all who complete weekly coursework and display regular attendance will earn a small stipend for program completion. This is an exciting opportunity to build your advocacy career, networking with San Francisco politicians, nonprofit and government directors.

Our goal is to support employment placement for our cohort of emerging leaders (18 & older) in non-profit, advocacy, civic and government sectors in San Francisco by the conclusion of the program. Each cohort will meet 2x week on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm PST.

*Preference for candidates who live or work in San Francisco.

Cohort #2 begins July 10, 2023 and commences September 20, 2023
1 hour virtual meetings on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm PST
Parivar’s Selection Process for Cohort #2
– Collect responses to this Google Form through May 31, 2023
– Schedule half-hour virtual meetings with 20-25 applicants between May 15th to June 8th, 2023
– Finalize Cohort #2 by June 15, 2023

Updated: June 2023

McCleary Law Fellows Program

HRC appoints up to three full-time or part-time Law Fellows for the spring and fall semesters and up to three full-time summer Law Fellows. Law Fellows work with HRC attorneys, outside counsel from major national law firms, lobbyists, and organizational allies and congressional and administration staff members on legislative and regulatory matters. Practice areas include constitutional, education, employment, disability, family, benefits, tax, health care, immigration, military, and municipal law. Fellows undertake projects involving sophisticated legal research and writing, analysis and drafting of legislation and administrative regulations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and coalition work.

Applicants should possess a strong academic record at an accredited American law school, excellent interpersonal, legal research and writing skills and an interest in civil rights law and policy. 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls candidates are eligible.

Fall and Spring Law Fellowships are full or part-time for the span of the semester. Summer Law Fellowships are available as full-time positions for a 10-week term. HRC will cooperate in Law Fellow’s application for additional remuneration, including public interest grants and academic credit. Stipends are available for full-time Law Fellows in the Summer.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates can apply by completing our online application. Please have readily available a resume, cover letter, transcript and writing sample.

We recommend applying as early as possible. Spring, Summer, and Fall applications are all collected on a rolling basis. Please fill out the above online application to be considered for the McCleary Law Fellows Program. You will be contacted for next steps if selected to move forward.

*These deadlines do not apply to students interviewing with HRC in a career fair or participating in a resume collect.

Updated: February 2023

The Bernstein Institute for Human Rights is looking for a Community Justice Fellow to support the expanding work of the Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative. The Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative (JLI) is a collective of current and formerly incarcerated jailhouse lawyers, law students, lawyers and advocates that provide legal training and support to a growing national network of currently incarcerated people. Read More!

The JLI Community Justice Fellowship will offer tailored mentorship, training, networking opportunities, and access to institutional resources and partnerships. The fellow will join a small and mighty team of community justice advocates who believe that the practice of law can and should be rooted in dignity, care, and human rights.

In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the hourly rate for this position is $40-$40.

Applicant should submit (1) a cover letter addressing the qualifications described above (2) a resume or curriculum vitae; and (3) the names and contact information for three references.

Submit these materials to:, with subject “JLI Community Justice Fellow” in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with an ideal start date no later than March 1, 2023.

Updated: February 2023

The Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic is seeking a new Clinical Fellow! The Clinic is looking to sponsor a fellow for the 2023-24 fellowship application cycle.

The Clinic will work with the fellow to seek appropriate sources of funding.

To apply, please send a resume, law school transcript, letter of interest, project proposal, and writing sample to, with the phrase “LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic Fellow Application” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Updated: January 2023

UCLA Williams Institute – Palm Fellowship

For the summer of 2023, the Williams Institute will award a Palm Fellowship to research and analyze issues impacting LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. The fellowship provides advanced graduate students (or recent master’s or Ph.D. graduates) an opportunity to engage in LGBTQI+ law and policy research with Williams Institute scholars.

Sample topics include access to gender-affirming care, social determinants of SOGI differences in wealth and assets, family formation, and population demography. The fellowship will be a remote-work position, but fellows are expected to be available during working hours in Los Angeles.

Summer fellows will receive a stipend of $6,000 and are expected to work 35 hours/week with the Williams Institute for approximately 8 weeks.

Deadline to apply: March 24, 2023

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Shape your future and gain invaluable experience through dynamic internship opportunities. Discover hands-on learning and career development, gain real-world experience, and make a meaningful impact in your chosen field.

Updated: June 2023

Human Rights Campaign  – Fall 2023 Internship

The Human Rights Campaign’s internship program will be accepting in-person, remote, and hybrid applicants. The office is in Washington, DC, and in-person interns will need to be able to get to our office and provide their own accommodations.


Interns in each department or program undertake different tasks, so each internship requires a different level of skills, demonstrated interests, and prior experience. The internship description for each program area lists the specific qualifications for that position. In general, we look for demonstrated interest and enthusiasm in the role of policy and advocacy around LGBTQ+ issues; ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment; and experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Outlook).

You do not need to be currently enrolled in a university to be an intern. Interns must be 1.) Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program OR 2.) Have graduated from an undergraduate/graduate degree program within the past six months OR 3.) Someone who is not enrolled in a degree program, but who has joined the workforce within the last 3 years. Interns are not required to receive college credit for their internship, but the opportunity is available upon request. All interns must be 18 years of age or older and may not be currently enrolled in high school at the time of application.
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Internships are paid. Full-time interns work 30-37.5 hours and receive $6,000. Part-time interns work 15-25 hours and receive $3000.

Application Procedure
A resume is required along with responses to essay questions in lieu of a cover letter, and contact information for two references in the internship application. We encourage your references to be supervisors, professors, or colleagues. Please avoid using friends or family members. More Here

The priority deadline is June 14th. The application will close on June 26th.

Updated: June 2023

OSCAR Clerkship Applications

OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Application and Review) is an online platform developed by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. It simplifies the process of applying for and reviewing federal judicial clerkships. Law students can create profiles, upload application materials, and submit applications through OSCAR, while judges and their staff members can efficiently review and evaluate incoming applications using the platform’s search and filtering features. OSCAR has become an essential tool in the legal community, streamlining the clerkship application process and facilitating connections between aspiring lawyers and judicial opportunities nationwide.

OSCAR will release clerkship applications from the law school class of 2024 at 12 p.m. EDT of Monday. June 12, 2023.

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Updated: November 2022

Rights Behind Bars 

If you’re interested in bringing trial and appellate civil rights litigation on behalf of people in prison, jails, and immigration detention centers, this internship at Rights Behind Bars (RBB) is for you!

NTBA Co-Chair, D Dangaran, is focusing on the rights of trans people in prison during their fellowship at RBB. Join them and the rest of the Rights Behind Bars (RBB) team this upcoming summer and you’ll be able to participate in all aspects of our litigation and advocacy. This could include tracking the flood of prison and immigration detention conditions litigation through court decisions, drafting complaints or briefs, conducting legal research, preparing legal memoranda, drafting letters and Freedom of Information Act requests, and interviewing clients.

Legal interns at RBB will participate in all aspects of our litigation and advocacy. This cold include tracking the flood of prison and immigration detention conditions litigations through court decisions, drafting complaints or briefs, conducting legal research, preparing legal memoranda, drafting letters and Freedom of Information Act requests, and interviewing clients.

We ask all applicants to try to obtain funding themselves, either through law school programs or other third parties. If applicable, RBB will provide a stipend for interns to ensure all interns are compensated at a total amount of $7000 for the 10-week internship. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit. RBB will work with international students to satisfy law school externship requirements or discuss other accommodations necessary to obtain employment authorization.

Students interested in this opportunity should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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