Position Type: Internship
Compensation Type: Unpaid
About the Alliance:
The Alliance for Children’s Rights provides free legal services and advocacy to protect the rights of impoverished and abused children and youth in LA County enabling them to have safe, stable homes, healthcare and the education they need to thrive. Clients include children in foster care, runaway and emancipating youth, relative and non-relative caregivers and children with educational, physical and emotional disabilities. Alliance staff includes lawyers, social workers, health care specialists, and advocates.
The Alliance is recruiting interns for the summer to work on a variety of child advocacy issues. Summer interns gain skills in client interaction, research and writing, and learn about the dependency court system. The Alliance also organizes trainings, workshops, and events for interns throughout the summer. THIS POSITION WILL COMPLY WITH ALL FEDERL, STATE, AND REGIONAL STAY AT HOME ORDERS AND WILL BE REMOTE IF NECESSARY.
Program areas accepting students:
- Education– Education (including early intervention) services play an essential role in creating opportunities for youth who face intersectional and systemic barriers to their success. This is especially true for children of color, forced into the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, up to 50% and 70% of whom (respectively) also have disabilities. We work in partnership with youth and families to advocate with schools and local/state agencies to ensure children receive the services and supports they are entitled to and need to thrive in school. We approach our work with racial justice and equity focus.
- Transitional Age Youth (TAY)– Support youth with the legal challenges of transitioning out of foster care towards independence. Provide legal services, while also educating youth about their legal rights and empowering them through workshops and access to resources.
- Healthcare*– Work with children and families to overcome hurdles in securing healthcare, including Medi-Cal eligibility, treatment denials, and mental health services.
- Policy– Contribute to impact litigation across various departments and assist in efforts to implement systematic reform by identifying trends and pervasive issues that negatively impact foster youth.
*Spanish fluency required
In addition to program specific tasks, interns will:
- Conduct client intake interviews.
- Analyze and assess client needs.
- Work with attorneys to determine the legal assistance needed.
- Conduct research and prepare documents.
- Develop resources and educational materials for clients.
- Desire to work with foster youth and their caregivers.
- Diversity highly valued.
- Ability to work efficiently, independently, and with attention to detail.
- Ability to work full-time.
- Spanish fluency preferred for all programs but required for Healthcare program.
- Please submit a cover letter, resume, and copy of your most recent transcript.
- Cover letter must confirm full-time availability, including first available start date.
- Cover letter should indicate and demonstrate specific program interest, i.e., Education, Policy, Healthcare and/or Transitioning Youth
- All positions are unpaid and occur during business hours (9:00a to 5:30p PST M-F).
We believe that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunities, and we are committed to supporting an inclusive environment that values all staff members’ diverse backgrounds and perspectives in our work. We’re an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and do not discriminate against any employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, or any other unlawful basis.