Summer 2020 Legal Internships

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About Demos.  Demos is a policy and advocacy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Founded in 2000, the organization is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, D.C. Demos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions, shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance, and advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s research, communications, supporting organizers, or litigation. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, from landmark credit card reforms to over 3 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Demos is advocating not just for people, but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.

Legal Internships. Demos is accepting applications for legal internships for the summer of 2020.  We will hire up to three Legal Interns to work with staff on impact litigation, advocacy and research. Legal Interns can expect to receive substantive assignments in the areas of voting rights and/or economic justice. Demos is committed to providing Legal Interns with an educational experience, and our summer program includes close supervision by staff attorneys to ensure interns receive instruction and feedback. Interns will work in the New York office of Demos.

Students not receiving grant funding or credit are eligible for a paid internship at a rate of $15 per hour.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal research and writing 
  • Policy and legislative analysis and drafting 
  • Assistance with our litigation in trial and appellate courts
  • Other duties, as assigned  


Legal interns must have completed at least one year of law school.  We seek highly motivated candidates with a passion for deepening their contribution to racial justice work. Background and expertise in voting rights, electoral reform, or racial equity is a strong plus but not required.  Demonstrated interest in social justice issues is also a plus.

How to Apply: 

Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (of no more than 10 pages) reflecting your original work. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer:  People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.    

Location: New York City, NY
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