Currently accepting: Summer 2020.
Priority given to those submitted by January 31
Would you like to gain first-hand knowledge of the way the legal system addresses the unique needs of LGBTQ individuals?
Law student internships and externships with Mazzoni Center Legal Services provide invaluable experience on the front lines 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. Each year, our program’s help line handles more than five hundred requests 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:
- Staff Attorney, Brenda J. Klitsch, Esq. (she/her/they/them),
- Legal Public Policy Director, Thomas W. Ude, Jr., Esq. (he/him)
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 researching the relevant legal principles, 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.
Our interns are critical to the ability of our legal services program to manage the volume of intakes and cases that comprise our caseload. Under our supervision, 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.
In addition to law student interns, we also welcome volunteer support from other interested students, paralegals, and attorneys.
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.
Send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Phos D. Ivestei (They/Them), Legal Services Office Administrator, at [email protected].
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled, but priority consideration is given to those who apply by:
- January 31 for a Summer Internship
- March 31 for a Fall Term Internship
- November 15 for a Spring Term Internship
*These positions are unpaid. However, we can support or sponsor you in your pursuit of targeted funding opportunities or stipends to support your ability to intern or volunteer with Mazzoni Center.