Internships

SELC occasionally takes law student interns. We also occasionally take on interns who have never attended law school or had any formal legal training. Interns work under the supervision of SELC attorneys and other staff conducting legal research and developing resources to enable the growth of sustainable, localized, and just economies.

Note that, due to limited supervisory capacity, SELC does not have a formally structured program for interns at this time, however, we welcome internship applications from highly self-motivated individuals who would like to work on one or a few projects that would be assigned based on specific areas of interest and SELC's needs as they arise.

We request that prospective interns be able to spend at least 10 hours per week on their internship assignments. Please be aware that we regretfully do not have funding available for paid internships at this time and because many SELC staff travel for work frequently and work remotely 2 to 3 days per week, SELC interns must be able to work well independently and be assertive when they have questions or other needs.

Description: Interns will work under the supervision of SELC attorneys and other staff conducting legal research and developing resources to enable the growth of sustainable, localized, and just economies. Current or past interns have worked on projects such as:

  • Planning legal workshops and advice clinics for farmers and food entrepreneurs;
  • Drafting legislation for a statewide worker cooperative law;
  • Developing tools and information to enable bartering, time banks, and local currencies;
  • Developing a legal resource library for urban agriculture;
  • Profiling models for resident-developed and economically sustainable housing;
  • Researching securities laws affecting community-owned enterprises.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to Janelle Orsi, Janelle@theSELC.org. In your cover letter, please explain which program areas are of greatest interest to you.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

If you are interested in being involved in our work in other ways, we welcome you to visit our volunteer page and to attend any of our many events, including Legal Cafesworkshops, and happy hours, in order to meet our staff members and make a personal connection.