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.
Interns will learn about the Los Angeles County dependency system and the resources available to those involved in the system by:
- Interacting directly with potential Alliance clients as our first point of contact with the client, performing initial client intake screenings.
- Answering phone calls and doing assessments to gather basic facts about a client’s situation to see how the Alliance can best assist them.
- Working with an Alliance attorney to assess the caller’s legal needs, verify information and refer callers to appropriate resources.
- Students also work under the direction of staff attorneys conducting research, preparing documents and correspondence, and developing resource and educational materials for clients.
●Availability to work between 16-20 hours per week (minimum four 4-hour days per week) between 9am-5:30pm PST Monday-Friday.
● Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this internship is anticipated to be offered remotely for the Summer semester. Students do not need to be in the Los Angeles area to participate. However, students must be able to work during our Los Angeles business hours listed above.
● Training will take place via Zoom in late May for a full day from 9am-5pm PST. Training is mandatory.
●The internship is unpaid, but we can sponsor course credit for students.
● Please reach out with any questions!
*Spanish fluency highly preferred.