Internships and Fellowships

2018 Communications and Development VISTA

The 2018 Communications and Development VISTA will spend a year of national service building tools and capacity to support the external outreach, communications and messaging operations of Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. They may also assist with development and fundraising tasks.

About VISTA: Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is part of a group of legal aid organizations in the greater Chicago area that collectively have a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to bring on AmeriCorps VISTA members to serve in capacity-building roles. This is a national service position with a stipend. Benefits for VISTA members are:

  • Living allowance ($1,178/month)
  • Choice of Education Award ($5,920) or End of Service Stipend ($1,800) and Non-Competitive Eligibility status upon successful completion of service
  • Housing supplement ($200/month)
  • Transit pass ($100/month)
  • Healthcare allowance
  • Relocation payment ($550 *if eligible)

The Communications and Development VISTA's primary responsibility will be to work with the Communications Manager to strengthen the organization’s brand and raise our profile in the media and among communities impacted by racial and economic disparity. It will include maintaining and posting content to our web site, creating and sending newsletters about our work, designing and promoting flyers for our events, and posting to our social media accounts. This is a 40-hour per week, full-time position that will report to the Communications Manager.

Education level: College graduate with a communications, journalism, or related degree.


  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in storytelling in a variety of mediums, and in the Chicago media and neighborhood landscape
  • Proficiency with social media (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Facility with SquareSpace, Mailchimp, and Little Green Light (LGL)
  • Aptitude with designing event flyers and images
  • Interest in designing infographics
  • Careful and consistent attention to spelling and grammar rules
  • Passion for social justice, racial equity, and the mission of Chicago Lawyers' Committee


Please send your résumé with a cover letter and two writing samples to Timna Axel at by Friday, December 29, 2017. The writing samples can be journalism stories, newsletter items, opinion pieces, and audio or video pieces.

We Are Seeking Summer 2018 Interns!

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is currently seeking law student interns for the summer of 2018.  These positions are unpaid, but we strongly encourage students to seek funding through law schools and other sources.  

The goal of our internship program is to provide students with a meaningful and challenging civil rights learning experience, while obtaining high quality work  in order to fulfill our organization’s goal of securing racial equity and economic justice.  Interns will be engaged in a variety of projects, including legal research and writing, intake interviews of prospective clients, legal and fact investigations, community education on legal rights, and relationship-building with community organizations.  Potential assignments will include drafting memos and court filings, assisting with community trainings, attending court hearings and depositions, assisting with advocacy to government officials and the media, and participating in coalition meetings and other opportunities to see civil rights work in action in the community.


Intern candidates should have excellent legal research and writing skills, communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Experience in racial justice work, policy advocacy, or community organizing is a plus. Skills in Spanish or other languages other than English are also a plus. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, people who speak languages in addition to English, and others whose background and experiences would help our organization better understand and serve our clients and community members. 


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to and include 2018 Summer Internship Application in the subject line.

Spring 2018 Semester Interns and Externs

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is currently seeking Legal Interns (law student interns), Legal Externs (receiving credit from their law school), and Legal Fellows (recent law school graduates) for a semester position. These positions are unpaid, but funding might be available through schools and other sources.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to if you are interested in any of these positions and specify the potential area(s) of interest for an internship or externship.

Staff Openings

There are no staff openings at this time.