2017 SUMMER LEGAL INTERN – WORKERS DEFENSE PROJECT AUSTIN, TX AND DALLAS, TX
About Workers Defense Project: Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide membership-based workers rights organization that builds power for construction workers in Texas. WDP is one of the few organizations in Texas working to address workplace abuse faced by low-wage workers. One of the most established worker centers in the South, WDP is a national leader in the movement of worker centers fighting for fair conditions for working people. WDP has won numerous awards and accolades for its cutting edge organizing work in one of the toughest climates for workers in the country. The organization was named “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country” by the New York Times.
Internship Description: WDP’s Employment and Legal Services program uses a wide range of legal, administrative, and community-based tactics to assist low-wage workers to recover their wages, to seek redress for legal violations on the worksite, and to ensure workers receive the legal protections to which they are entitled. WDP employs a unique model of casework that incorporates worker empowerment with legal advocacy and organizing campaigns. Legal interns will work under attorney supervision to assist in the development of employment cases, help workers file and pursue administrative claims, participate in any active litigation on behalf of WDP members, and conduct research to support WDP’s legal work and ongoing strategic campaigns. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment that connects legal advocacy to innovative policy and organizing initiatives.
● Completed at least first year of law school;
● Strong proficiency both writing and speaking in Spanish;
● Commitment to racial, economic, and social justice, and to community empowerment;
● Interest in using creative and community-based strategies to fight for systemic change;
● Ability to work and communicate well with diverse individuals and groups;
● Available to work 40 hours a week, including some nights and weekends. Must be available Tuesday evenings, when our membership meetings and legal clinic are held.
Dates are flexible, but students must commit to working between 8 and 10 weeks. Interns will receive a weekly stipend of $150.
How to Apply:
DALLAS CANDIDATES: Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Shana Khader, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUSTIN CANDIDATES: Please send a resume, cover letter, list of references, and writing sample to Stephanie Gharakhanian, at email@example.com.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so we recommend that applicants do not delay in applying. The posting will be removed from the WDP website once the position is filled.
WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals to apply.