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 with staff attorneys on routine cases, draft documents for administrative matters, perform direct client services, and participate in systemic advocacy projects. We also provide an in-depth evaluation for internships of 8 weeks or more to assist with professional development and career planning. 

Law students and paralegals may be assigned case work related to consumer protection, community empowerment, criminal record expunction, domestic violence protection, driver’s license restoration, public benefits, immigration, estate planning, tax disputes, and/or veterans affairs. 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. We give priority to Spanish speakers.      

We also have limited opportunities for undergraduate students (any major) and graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in social work or an equivalent program.

Undergraduates may apply to intern in our healthcare navigator, Ombudsman, and immigration programs. Please note: most positions are reserved for Spanish speakers.  

MSW (or equivalent) students are welcome to apply if they have a project in line with the Advocacy Center’s mission or would benefit from performing direct client services. Please note: the Advocacy Center does not have any medical personnel or social workers on staff. Interns would be working with and supervised by attorneys.

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. Law students may split their summer, if necessary, between the Advocacy Center and another organization. Currently, staff members are working a “hybrid model,” with both in-person and remote days.

Funding: Due to budgetary constraints, we are not able to pay stipends for interns, but we will consider students 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. If the Advocacy Center is able to obtain funds for interns, we will consider qualified applicants who have tried but who have been unable to secure their own funding. 

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 (1) a detailed letter describing your interest in and prior experience with low income people, your interest in the Advocacy Center, and your qualifications for or your interest in a particular program or activity; (2) a résumé or curriculum vitae; (3) an unofficial academic transcript; (4) a writing sample; (5) the names and telephone numbers of two references; and (6) any other information you wish to include to:

Priority application deadline for Summer 2023 is January 13, 2023. Qualified individuals who apply by that date will be asked to interview January 16 – 20, 2023. All other applicants will be considered on an ongoing basis.

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