Legal Intern - Summer 2019

ChangeLab Solutions seeks up to three Legal Interns for the summer of 2019. The position is open to current 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.) First-year law students may apply starting December 1, 2018. Please note that applications from first-year students will not be accepted before then.

The Legal Interns 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.

About ChangeLab Solutions

ChangeLab Solutions creates 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.  

Successful candidates 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.
Key Responsibilities
  • Projects and activities may include any or all of the following:
  • Legal research and writing assignments, including drafting legal memos and assisting with the development of model legislation
  • Research and writing on a variety of cutting-edge public health legal and policy issues, including developing easy-to-read fact sheets, blog posts, or other resources for ChangeLab Solutions’ audience
  • Assisting program staff in providing technical assistance to community advocates in the field
  • Checking citations
  • Attending meetings or other events with program staff
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Education, Experience, and Skills
  • Current first-year or second-year law student
  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Experience in checking citations
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into writing that is 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, or other subjects related to chronic disease prevention policies

We offer paid internships and also encourage applications from law students who will receive academic credit or otherwise use the position in fulfillment of requirements leading to their degree. We also welcome applications from law students who will receive funding for their work through a law school or other institution.

How to Apply

To apply for a Legal Intern position, please email all required information to; please include 2019 Legal Intern in the subject line of the email.

The following items are required for a complete application packet: cover letter, resume, and a relevant writing sample (up to 5 pages—excerpts are fine). If you are planning to receive academic credit for your work, please include all relevant deadlines in your application package.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Priority deadline to apply is October 1, 2018 for second-year students only. A second round of applications for both second-year and first-year students will be reviewed beginning January 14, 2019. Please note that applications from first-year students will not be accepted before December 1, 2018.