Join the Fair Housing Justice Center
The FHJC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and encourage applications from qualified individuals without consideration of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Law Student Internships
POSITION: Legal Intern
Summary: The FHJC seeks highly motivated law students (rising 2Ls or 3Ls) for winter, spring, and summer internships to assist with both individual and systemic housing discrimination claims, including those filed in federal and state court and with administrative agencies. Interns play a leading, crucial role in each of these cases, performing the legal research underpinning individual cases’ discrimination claims; conducting intake calls with potential clients; and generating policy research around systemic housing discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, disability, source of income, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics under local, state, and federal fair housing laws. Cases advanced with interns’ assistance have led to materially positive outcomes, including damages and injunctive relief being granted to those harmed by discriminatory practices. Interns may also work on policy matters relating to local, state and federal protections against discrimination. The FHJC’s goal is that each summer intern will receive at least $5250 for their work. As such, through the Robert A. Martin Legal Fellowship Fund, the FHJC will provide a stipend for students who do not have law school or other funding, or do not have full funding, for public interest summer internships.
Reports To: Legal Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct intake calls with complainants experiencing housing discrimination; gather details and documentation about allegations and work with team to assess possibilities for investigation
- Research and write about legal issues relevant to ongoing or prospective litigation to protect fair housing rights under federal, state, and local laws
- Research policy issues identified by the FHJC as priorities and compose briefs, memos, or other materials to support advocacy mission
- Participate in post-settlement monitoring of housing providers to ensure compliance with fair housing laws and settlement terms
- Attend meetings with outside attorneys and lawmakers; observe preparations for negotiations, mediation and settlement conferences, and discussions on litigation strategy
Interested candidates should e-mail or fax a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the attention of the FHJC’s Legal Coordinator at:
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.
30-30 Northern Blvd., Suite 302
Long Island City, NY 11101
***No Phone Calls Please***