Litigation & Law Summer Intern

New York, NY
Policy, Campaigns & Advocacy – Litigation & Law
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 1L and 2L law student interns for its New York and Washington, D.C. offices for the summer of 2020. PPFA is open to candidates who wish to split their summer with another internship or a summer associate position. 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, men, and trans patients. 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.


    • 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.


    • First or second year law student.
    • Excellent research and writing skills
    • Interest in reproductive justice, health law, racial and economic justice, and/or public interest law more generally.


    • Interest in reproductive justice, health law, racial and economic justice, and/or public interest law more generally.


    • 0-25%.
Applicants are encouraged to seek outside funding for the internship. However, if you are notable to secure funding, please advise us, as PPFA may be able to provide funding.

Interested applicants should use the Lever portal to upload a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship, a resume, a legal writing sample, a list of references, and an unofficial law school transcript. If you are a 1L applicant, do not wait for grades to submit your application, but please follow up with an unofficial transcript when grades become available. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please indicate in the subject of your email that you are applying to our internship position, and please make sure your cover letter states whether you are interested in a position in New York, D.C., or either.


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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