Internships

We strive to provide an intense, practical, and worthwhile internship for students interested in providing legal services to low-income people in Mecklenburg County and beyond. Our interns work directly with staff attorneys on their caseloads, handling tasks that range from drafting documents for administrative matters, performing direct client services, and participating in systemic advocacy projects. We also provide an in-depth evaluation for internships to assist with professional development and career planning.  

Law student work may include interviewing clients and witnesses; collecting, evaluating, and preparing evidence for presentation; performing legal research; drafting pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents; and advocating for clients before administrative agencies.

Summer Session: May 28 – August 2, 2024

Current 10-week internship opportunities available for law students: 

  • Community Empowerment Project: seeking one law school intern; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC   
  • Consumer Protection Unit: seeking one law school intern; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC 
  • Immigrant Justice Program: seeking three law school interns; fluency in Spanish is required; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC 
  • N.C. Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic: seeking one law school intern; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC 
  • Public Benefits Unit: seeking two law school interns; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC 
  • Veterans’ Legal Services Unit: seeking one law school intern; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC 

Current 10-week internship opportunities available for undergraduate students: 

  • Healthcare Navigator Unit: seeking two undergraduate interns; fluency in Spanish is required; can be fully remote; and two undergraduate interns; fluency in Spanish is not required; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC 
  • Ombudsman Unit: seeking one undergraduate student intern; must be available to work a hybrid schedule at our office in Charlotte, NC 

Schedule: We primarily host students during the summer but also consider students earning semester credit and during other breaks on a part-time and full-time basis throughout the year. Under some circumstances, law students may split their summer between the Advocacy Center and another organization. Currently, staff members are working a “hybrid model,” with both in-person and remote days. 

Funding: We encourage students to apply who qualify for public interest stipends through their school or other institution, who are eligible for work-study grants, or who can work on a volunteer basis. To the extent we are able to obtain funding to supplement these funding sources, we will update this page. 

To Apply

  • Review Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s activities described on our website; 
  • Inquire about financial support, internship, or externship programs available through your school; and 
  • Send the following to internship@charlottelegaladvocacy.org: 
  1. Cover Letter 
  1. Résumé or curriculum vitae 
  1. An unofficial academic transcript 
  1. Any other information you wish to include 

The application deadline has passed. Please check back for the 2025 summer internship program.

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.