Legal Intern - Summer 2018

 
ChangeLab Solutions seeks Legal Interns for the summer of 2018. The position is open to current first-year and second-year law students who are able to work at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. (There may be an opportunity to extend summer work into the school year.) 
 
About ChangeLab Solutions
ChangeLab Solutions is a national nonprofit, based in Oakland, California. We create innovative laws and policies to ensure everyday health for all, whether that’s providing access to affordable, healthy food and beverages, creating safe opportunities for physical activity, or ensuring the freedom to enjoy smokefree air and clean water. Our solutions address all aspects of a just, vital, and thriving community, like food, housing, child care, schools, transportation, public safety, jobs, and the environment. 
 
Position Description
The Legal Intern will support our dynamic team of planners, policy analysts, attorneys, and public health experts who develop innovative solutions to critical public health challenges. Legal Interns will work across a range of policy areas including healthy eating, active living, healthy housing, sustainable communities, and tobacco control, and will gain experience in a wide range of issues that affect the communities and institutions in which we live, work, play, and learn.
 
Duties and Responsibilities 

Projects and activities may include any or all of the following: 

  • Legal research, writing, and assisting with development of model legislation; 
  • Researching and writing on a variety of cutting-edge public health legal and policy issues;
  • Assisting program staff with providing technical assistance to advocates in the field; 
  • Crafting clear, easy-to-read fact sheets, technical assistance responses, and other written resources for ChangeLab Solutions’ audience; 
  • Cite checking; 
  • Attending meetings or other events with program staff; and
  • Other duties as assigned.  
Requirements
  • Current first-year or second-year law student. 
  • Excellent research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Cite checking experience.
  • Able to translate complex ideas into writing accessible to a lay audience.
  • Well organized and detail oriented.
  • Preferred candidates will have demonstrated interest or experience in one or more of the following subject areas: municipal law, constitutional law, public health, public policy, health equity, tobacco control, healthy housing, food systems, active living, land use, transportation, economic development, climate change, sustainability, and/or other related subjects in the context of chronic disease prevention policies.
In addition, a successful candidate will embody the organization’s core values:
 
  • Collaboration: We create strong working partnerships internally and externally.
  • Authenticity: We support bringing one’s whole self to work.
  • Excellence: We are passionate about producing high-quality work to advance our shared mission.
  • Innovation: We drive both practical and visionary law and policy solutions to public health problems.
  • Equity: We believe in a shared vision of health for all.
ChangeLab Solutions has a strong commitment to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.
 
Compensation 
There will be a limited number of paid internships available. We strongly encourage applications from law students who will receive academic credit or otherwise use the position in fulfillment of requirements leading up to their degree. We also welcome applications from law students who will receive funding for the work through a law school or other institution. 
 
How to apply
To apply for the Legal Intern position, please email all required information to jobs@changelabsolutions.org. Please include “2018 Summer Legal Intern” in the subject line. The following are required for a complete application packet: cover letter, resume, writing sample (up to five pages - excerpts are fine), and a list of three references (include name, organization, email address, and phone number). If you are planning to receive academic credit for your work, please include all relevant deadlines in your application package. 
 
The application deadline is January 15, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
 
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