Internships at HIV Law Project

HIV Law Project’s Legal Department is seeking volunteer law student interns to assist its legal team in providing comprehensive services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

HIV Law Project was founded in 1989 in response to a growing need for innovative legal services and advocacy programs for underserved, low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly women and their families; people of color; undocumented and recent immigrants; members of the LGBT community; and the homeless.

Internship Schedule:

There are three internship sessions following the academic calender: fall, spring and and summer. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning four months before each semester or break begins. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible in the four month window period before their desired semester of internship begins. Once all internship positions are filled, new applicants are advised to apply again in the future.

Fall and spring semester internships are at least part-time (16-20 hours per week). HIV Law Project will also accept full-time externship applications and will work closely with the student’s school to secure academic credit and meet any other reporting needs. Summer internships are full-time.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist legal staff in representing clients in court on housing, immigration, discrimination, negligence, future planning, family law, welfare benefits, and social security issues;
  • Research caselaw in said substantive areas for motions and other legal memoranda;
  • Work directly with clients, conducting initial client interviews, participating in case acceptance and strategy decisions, and providing advice and/or brief services under supervision of attorney; and
  • Accompany legal staff to court and thereby gain a better understanding of the legal system and laws in practice.
  • Assist legal staff in administrative capacity by serving and filling documents, maintaining contact with clients, preparing motions for submission.

Intern Requirements:

Competitive applicants must:

  • be enrolled at an accredited law school (all years encouraged to apply);
  • have strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills;
  • be comfortable with public speaking and engaging in advocacy efforts with various agencies;
  • demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice and human rights;
  • be reliable, organized, team-oriented and eager to learn more about the court system.

Fluency in Spanish or French highly desirable. (Language skills will be confirmed in interview so please explain your skill level accurately).

Application instructions:

Include a cover letter, resume with references and writing sample. Send complete applications via email ONLY to:

Intern Coordinator at

HIV Law Project is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, PLWHAS, people with disabilities, gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people are encouraged to apply.