U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division (Washington, D.C) Seeks Legal Interns

Organization Description: The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) seeks legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts.  OCR promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination.  CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from
HHS.  CRD also enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.

Job Description: Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance.  Additionally, interns will develop an understanding of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Act of 1975.

Qualifications: Applicants should be second year law students, students in a Masters of Public Health program or medical students who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to civil rights law.  Applicants should have strong backgrounds in research, writing, and creative problem-solving.  Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: The positions are unpaid, but OCR will cooperate with applications for law school fellowship programs, credit programs, and any other sources of support for summer interns.  OCR prefers full-time interns, but is willing to consider par- time interns on a case by case basis.

Application Instructions: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis for the spring, summer and fall terms.  To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5-10 pages) to Carole Brown.

For those applying for the summer term, please apply as soon as possible, and no later than January 27, 2012.