Office for Civil Rights
Civil Rights Division
2L/3L Internship Opportunity
Practice Areas: Administrative Law, Civil Rights & Liberties/Racial Justice Issues, Disability Law/Rights, and Government/Regulatory Affairs
The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts in Washington, D.C. during the Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 terms. OCR promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination. CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from HHS. CRD also enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.
Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government. Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, interns will develop an understanding of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Act of 1975, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
Applicants should be second or third year law students, students in a Masters of Public Health program, or medical students who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to civil rights law. Applicants should have strong backgrounds in research, writing, and creative problem-solving. Veterans, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The positions are unpaid, but OCR will cooperate with applications for law school fellowship programs, credit programs, and any other sources of support for interns. CRD prefers full-time interns, but is willing to consider part-time interns on a case-by-case basis.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for the Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 terms. Please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (informal is acceptable), and writing sample (5-10 pages) to Peggy.Schmidt@hhs.gov to apply.