Litigation & Law Summer Intern (3)

Multiple locations /
Office of the Senior Vice President, Policy Campaigns & Advocacy (PCA) – Litigation & Law /
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood 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 2021. 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 cocounsel 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.

The internship is open to first- and second-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.

Applicants are encouraged to seek outside funding for the internship. However, if you are not able 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 your cover letter whether you are interested in a position in New York, D.C., or either. 

Practice Areas: Constitutional Law/First Amendment, Litigation, Non-Profit, Reproductive Rights
Number of Lawyers: 10–20

Final offers for this job will be based on capabilities and will be made within the parameters of the PPFA compensation program. Total offer package to include generous vacation + sick leave + paid holidays, individual/family provided medical, dental and vision benefits effective day 1, life insurance, short/long term disability, paid family leave and 401k. We also offer voluntary opt in for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Transportation/Commuter accounts.   

We value a truly diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

PPFA participates in the E-Verify program and is an Equal Opportunity Employer