Updated March 17, 2017
To enhance the level of services available in New York, and to help train the next generation of public interest lawyers, NYLAG is recruiting a class of law student summer interns for the positions listed below. Each position requires a full-time commitment of 10 weeks (generally, May 30th to August 4th) and is unpaid. In addition to handling substantive work at NYLAG, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive training service that covers the breadth of civil legal services practice in New York City, as well as a series of brown bag lunches on fellowships, clerkships and other topics of interest, and social events in and around NYLAG’s office in lower Manhattan.
Applicants (rising 2Ls and 3Ls) should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a strong commitment to public interest law. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] unless otherwise directed. Applicants may be considered for more than one position, but should indicate in a cover letter which positions are of interest and describe relevant experience. Applications for Summer 2017 are closed. Please check back for information about applying for Summer 2018 internships.
Summer Internship Openings:
Each summer, the following projects seek qualified applicants.
EVELYN FRANK LEGAL RESOURCES PROGRAM (EFLRP)
The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP) advocates for access to health care for low-income elderly clients and people with disabilities, emphasizing access to long-term care services through the Medicaid program that enable people to live in their homes rather than institutions. EFLRP uses a four-pronged approach: (1) providing direct legal services to help people navigate the complex systems that provide access to health care and home care; (2) training and providing technical assistance to social workers, health care providers, lawyers, and other professionals throughout the State, arming them with information and advocacy strategies; (3) Educating the public with a health law information website: NYHealthAccess.org, with the help of two other NY-based legal services organizations; and (4) representing consumer interests through policy advocacy at the state, local and federal level.
EFLRP interns will help clients who are elderly or have disabilities secure Medicaid and Medicare eligibility and services, with emphasis on long-term care services that allow them to remain in their homes or transition appropriately from hospitals or long-term care facilities to the community. Responsibilities will include conducting intakes, case management and investigation, researching and writing legal memoranda, preparing materials for community or professional trainings, and editing articles for publication on NYHealthAccess.org. Interns may also have the opportunity to represent clients in Medicaid Fair Hearings in front of an Administrative Law Judge. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
LEGALHEALTH UNIT (LH)
LegalHealth partners with medical professionals to address the non-medical needs of low-income people with serious health problems. LH complements health care with legal care – providing free legal services in medical facilities and training healthcare professionals to understand the legal issues their patients face.
LegalHealth Interns will help patients secure benefits, address housing issues, handle immigration matters, access special education services, solve insurance disputes, resolve family law matters and negotiate workplace accommodations. Intern responsibilities will include client interviewing, maintaining client files, legal writing and research. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
PUBLIC BENEFITS UNIT (PBU)
NYLAG’s Public Benefits Unit handles matters related to eligibility for a full range of federal and state public benefits that provide a critical lifeline for New Yorkers in need. Attorneys work to ensure that low-income families, children, the elderly, those with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations have access to the public benefits they are entitled to, including public assistance, SNAP benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.
Public Benefits Unit Intern
Public Benefits interns will help clients to secure entitlements such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or “food stamps”), cash assistance and childcare benefits. Responsibilities will include: maintaining client files, conducting intakes, assisting with the preparation and processing of client documents, preparation for hearings, and advocacy and negotiation with the HRA (the local department of social services). Interns may also have the opportunity to argue benefits cases at a Fair Hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
Disability Assistance Project Intern
The Disability Assistance Project helps persons with disabilities to secure entitlements such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Intern responsibilities will include client interviewing, attending appointments at local Social Security offices, maintaining and updating client files, reviewing medical records and drafting documents such as hearing memorandums. Interns may also have the opportunity to argue a SSI/SSDI appeal before an Administrative Law Judge. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].
SDNY PRO SE LEGAL CLINIC
The Pro Se Legal Clinic provides free, individual legal assistance to non-prisoner, pro se litigants in the SDNY. This innovative clinic will be among the first in the nation to provide pro se assistance in federal court.
Pro Se Legal Clinic Intern
Intern responsibilities will include updating the pro se manuals, developing forms for clients, researching discrete legal issues, data gathering and analysis. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “SDNY Summer Intern”.
STORM RESPONSE UNIT (SRU)
NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit (SRU) was formed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy as part of NYLAG’s comprehensive disaster relief program to assist victims of the storm deal with a range of legal issues. SRU provides direct client representation in a variety of practice areas to address the ongoing legal needs of New Yorkers affected by the storm. Our current practice areas include disaster recovery programs, housing, foreclosure prevention, consumer issues, insurance, and FEMA recoupments.
Storm Response Intern
The SRU summer interns will help clients in their ongoing attempts to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Intern responsibilities may include client intake and outreach, legal research and writing, and advocacy with administrative agencies. SRU seeks highly motivated law students with demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Students should have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal and organizational skills. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Summer 2017 Intern” in the subject line. Strong preference will be given to applicants with bilingual ability in Spanish, Russian, or another prevalent language.
TOTAL LIFE CHOICES (TLC)
Total Life Choices assists individuals to implement their wishes through legal planning in the event that illness or injury renders them unable to do so. In addition, TLC also assists individuals with guardianships and estate matters.
Total Life Choices Program Intern
TLC interns will have extensive client contact and will assist with drafting Last Wills and Testaments, preparing Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives, as well as all other facets encompassing TLC’s work. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Strong preference for fluent Spanish and Cantonese/Mandarin speakers.