Litigation & Law Spring Intern

Washington, DC
Policy, Campaigns & Advocacy – Litigation & Law
Internship
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens and families. For over 100 years, PPFA has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.

The Public Policy Litigation and Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
(PPFA) seeks 2L and 3L law student interns for its New York and Washington, D.C. offices for
full-time or part-time internships during the spring semester of 2018.

PPFA conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead
or co-counsel in nearly every reproductive rights case to have reached the Supreme Court over
the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation in Congress and state
legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

Our litigation docket includes federal and state court challenges to laws and policies that restrict
our patients’ access to abortion, birth control and other comprehensive reproductive health
services for women and men. The cases we bring are designed to protect our patients’
constitutional and statutory rights and expand their access to reproductive health services and to
protect providers of those services from discrimination.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Interns can expect to work closely with PPFA attorneys on a wide variety of litigation responsibilities, including legal research and analysis; drafting memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, and briefs; factual development for ongoing or developing litigation; and communicating with clients.

REQUIREMENTS/TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

    • The internship is open to second and third year law students.
    • Successful applicants will have enthusiasm, excellent research and writing skills, and an interest in reproductive justice, health law, racial and economic justice, and/or public interest law more generally.
    • Interested applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship, a resume, a legal writing sample, reference contact information, and an unofficial law school transcript. The cover letter should also indicate whether the applicant is seeking a full-time or part-time internship, and if part-time, the number of hours per week the applicant will be available. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please make sure your cover letter states whether you are interested in a position in New York, D.C., or either.

PERSONAL QUALITIES/OTHER ATTRIBUTES

    • Courteous, well spoken, articulate and have excellent telephone skills.
    • Excellent writing skills.
    • Able to work effectively in a face paced environment.
    • Embody PPFA's organization tagline - "Care. No matter what." as it applies to how we treat our patients, our affiliates and out co-workers.
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Planned Parenthood Federation of America is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.
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