Legal Internship

Deadline for Spring Term 2019 Term internship

Would you like to gain first hand knowledge of the way the legal system addresses the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals?
Law students who intern with Mazzoni Center Legal Services gain invaluable experience on the front line of the LGBTQ rights movement. 
Mazzoni Center is a nonprofit organization which focuses on the health, wellness, and legal needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community. Mazzoni Center Legal Services provides direct legal assistance to low-income LGBTQ individuals in a wide range of areas, including elder issues, employment discrimination, family law/parenting issues, name changes, relationship recognition and dissolution, prisoner rights, advanced planning, and youth concerns. We also represent individuals in cases that may impact LGBTQ rights in Pennsylvania. Our legal clinic help line handles approximately five hundred calls from LGBTQ individuals in Pennsylvania, most of whom are low-income. Without our interns’ contributions to our program, the individuals who contact us would have great difficulty accessing the legal information and services that would meet their needs.
Our law student interns are supervised by Mazzoni’s Staff Attorney, Iveliz R. Crespo Esq., and Legal and Public Policy Director, Thomas W. Ude, Jr. Under their direction, interns perform legal research and writing work related to the direct legal services that we provide, including legal research and writing, public education and outreach, and policy reform efforts. 
Our interns interact directly with LGBTQ clients, gathering information about their circumstances and the relevant law, to help evaluate whether and how Mazzoni Center can address their legal needs. They respond to requests for information and referrals, conduct legal research, draft legal documents on behalf of clients, assist attorneys in case preparation, and develop public education materials. Mazzoni Center is also actively involved in identifying and advocating for policies that can positively affect the rights of LGBTQ individuals, and our law student interns often have opportunities to research existing and new policy initiatives and evaluate the effects of current policy. 
The assistance of our law student interns is critical to the ability of our legal services program to manage the volume of intakes and cases that comprise our caseload. Under our supervision, we rely on our interns to work directly with clients, analyze and identify legal issues, apply existing laws to unique situations, devise creative solutions to issues where the law is silent, and prepare transactional documents and legal pleadings. In summary, our law student interns gain familiarity with the unique ways that the legal system addresses the specific needs of the LGBTQ community.
We encourage applications from all interested persons, especially people with diverse backgrounds and experiences based on age, race, ethnicity, cultural identity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, sexual identity, disabilities, socioeconomics, and proficiency in languages other than English. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Thomas W. Ude, Jr. at [email protected]. Priority placement of interns are given to those who apply by:

  • January 31 for a Summer Term
  • March 31 for a Fall Term
  • November 15 for a Spring Term

*These positions are unpaid. However, we can support you in your pursuit of targeted funding opportunities while you are with Mazzoni Center.