Jobs and Internships


Legal Internships

Positions Available:
DC Appleseed typically hires one to two legal interns for spring, summer, and fall. Second- and third-year law students with an interest in D.C. policy issues and/or public interest law are encouraged to apply. We especially look for candidates with strong research, analysis, and writing skills who have an ability to work independently and in a team. All intern positions are unpaid, and we request that any potential interns are able to commit at least 12 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer.

Organization Description
DC Appleseed is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to solving public policy problems facing the National Capital region. DC Appleseed’s current projects involve children’s health, Anacostia River clean-up and waterfront development, HIV/AIDS, Attorney General reform, and D.C. voting rights. To address these issues, DC Appleseed works in partnership with community leaders, government officials, attorneys, expert consultants, and others, to analyze and develop practical solutions to systemic problems. DC Appleseed has a full-time staff of seven, and a distinguished 30-member board.DC Appleseed’s projects involve working with broad coalitions, issuing reports, participating in regulatory proceedings, bringing lawsuits, managing public education campaigns, and testifying before governmental decision-makers. DC Appleseed receives financial and in-kind support from local and national foundations, corporations, law firms, and individuals.

Depending on the substance and timeline of the project, interns will: conduct legal and/or policy research and write memoranda summarizing their findings; identify and research best practices—including legislative, regulatory, and policies that other jurisdictions have successfully implemented to address problems that our project teams are considering; attend and report on community outreach efforts and various public meetings and hearings; and prepare legislative briefing materials. Project assignments will depend on the organization’s needs. Applicants are encouraged to explore our website to learn more about our project work.

How to Apply
DC Appleseed hires interns through D.C. area recruiting events, including the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington, D.C./Baltimore Public Service Career Fair, and GW/Georgetown Government and Public Interest Internship Fair. For further information, please contact Kevin Hilgers, Staff Attorney, at