We are now accepting applications for Summer 2022!

Below, please find information about the Sustainable Economies Law Center internship opportunities.

Intern at the Law Center

We are always looking for passionate individuals who want to take their volunteer participation at Sustainable Economies Law Center to the next level by becoming an intern. We take intern applications on a rolling basis. 

How do we define intern?

Typically, our interns are unpaid persons who work approximately 15-30 hours per week under the supervision of one or more staff members and are one of the following:

  • Interning in connection with an academic or vocational program that is directly related to our work; or,

  • Those who are not currently enrolled in an academic or vocational program but are interning with us for educational and training purposes in order to gain the skills and experience necessary to pursue a career related to our work.

What does interning with us look like?

Our interns have done in-depth legal research, provided participatory educational trainings, supported client relationships and advice sessions, produced how-to guides for legal professionals and the general public, and much more! Interns are encouraged, where possible, to work at our office for a portion of their hours and then may work remotely for their remaining hours. Some interns have worked their entire internship remotely, with meetings and check-ins done virtually. Each internship experience is different and is crafted to meet the aspirations of both the intern and our organization.

What are the benefits of interning with us?

Sustainable Economies Law Center is a dynamic, evolving, and forward thinking organization! We are a democratically run organization that practices participatory management. We are on the cutting edge of transactional law issues and provide essential legal and organizational support to radical organizations moving our communities to deep democratic ownership and practices. Here are even more benefits to interning with us:

  • Each intern who is part of a structured internship program or is interning with us in connection with an educational institution is given a personal and professional development budget which they may choose to spend on outside trainings, travel to conferences, purchasing books and materials, or other expenses related to their education.

  • Each intern is provided one or two support staff to develop their professional skills and legal expertise.

  • Each intern is provided with networking opportunities and connections to community based organizations. 

  • Each intern participates in a structured, learner-centered curriculum that deepens their knowledge of the intersection of economic justice, transactional law, and generative responses to systems of marginalization and oppression.

What are the qualities we look for in interns and volunteers? 

At Sustainable Economies Law Center, we are a lean, effective, and collectively-run organization. We look for volunteers and interns who possess some of the following qualities:

  • Interested and willing to learn;

  • Realistic about availability and skill level;

  • Can work independently;

  • Good communication skills;

  • Responsive;

  • Accountable;

  • Flexible schedule (i.e. can occasionally meet with staff during normal business hours when needed);

  • Has prior research experience, ideally in the legal field;

  • Willingness to do non-sexy tasks;

  • Committed to our Mission.

Current Project Opportunities for Interns (2022)

Below are some of the project opportunities for interns. This list is not necessarily comprehensive and we have accepted interns who have their own project ideas.
Our comprehensive worker-owner legal resource library,, will provide a central legal resource hub for attorneys and entrepreneurs ready to dive deeper into cooperative law and serve as a place to disseminate the resources created through the various projects at the Law Center related to democratically governed, worker-owned enterprises. We are currently working with individuals and organizations across the country to create accessible legal guides for those involved in or interested in forming cooperatives. We've also begun building out our State-by-State guides on, which you can view here. These resources will lower the cost of legal services needed to launch a worker cooperative or transition a business to worker ownership. will be redesigned to increase usability and expand cooperative law concepts. By the end of 2021, we are looking to have published a detailed analysis of cooperative formation options and sample documents for all 50 states.

Intern Opportunities:

  • Provide feedback and support on the usability, architecture, and design of

  • Develop one State page for detailing common legal entities used, cooperative case law, existing cooperatives, cooperative support organizations, and more.

  • Support in identifying State-by-State authors at law schools, legal clinics, and legal professional organizations.

  • Support in the development and coordination of stakeholder groups and Advisory Board members providing feedback on the development of the

Resilient Communities Legal Cafe
The Law Center believes that reliable and affordable legal support should be available to all those creating the transition to localized, resilient economies. The Law Center’s Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, a walk-in legal clinic, has provided legal services to more than 1,600 Bay Area micro-entrepreneurs (local small businesses, home cooks, and food truck operators), urban farmers, grassroots groups, and cooperative enterprises. The Law Center hosts three Legal Cafes per month in coffee shops and other community spaces, where staff and volunteer attorneys offer one-on-one advice sessions with walk-in clients, who otherwise would not have been able to afford such services. The Law Center often hosts “Teach-Ins” or community discussions alongside each Legal Cafe. The Law Center also hosts quarterly events called “Cafecitos Legales,” bringing together immigrant workers, worker-owners, and entrepreneurs to build community with each other, learn about the law, and interact with and receive support from multilingual legal professionals.

Intern Opportunities:

  • Staff one to three Legal Cafes per month of the internship.

  • Support issue spotting during client intake.

  • Develop short resource memos for client’s during advice sessions.

  • Provide one Teach-In on a topic of the interns choice.

Worker Self-Directed Nonprofits
As the movement for economic and workplace democracy continues to grow, we think it is vitally important that nonprofit organizations also internalize and practice workplace democracy. We've put a fair bit of thought into our own organizational structure and culture, and now we are working to provide resources, advice, research, and a peer network to support worker self-direction in nonprofits everywhere. Worker self-directed nonprofits are nonprofit organizations in which all workers have the power to influence the programs in which they work, the conditions of their workplace, their own career paths, and the direction of the organization as a whole.

Intern Opportunities:

  • Support communications strategy, outreach, logistics, and content delivery for day long Worker Self-Directed Nonprofit trainings.

  • Review and provide feedback on training curriculum.

  • Support the creation of new resources for trainings, including model documents and explanatory videos in our WSDN TV series.

Interested in becoming an intern?

If you are interested in becoming an intern, please email [email protected] and do the following:

  1. write in the email subject line, "Intern Application [WRITE YOUR NAME],"

  2. provide a cover letter: the cover letter should

    • specify that you are applying for an internship position,

    • include a short description about yourself,

    • a short description about why you are passionate about economic, environmental, or social justice,

    • a description of the program area(s) you would like to work in and in what capacityand

    • a description of the time frame you are seeking to intern with the Law Center;

  3. provide a resume or CV, and

Thank you for your interest in interning at the Law Center!


SELC builds the legal roots of resilient economies!

Other Ways to Get Involved

If you are interested in being involved in our work in other ways, we welcome you 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.


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