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New Leaders Intern, Legal in Flexible Location, New York

Legal Intern/Legal Fellow – Summer 2021

Our mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.

“We believe that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence.”

Who We Are

To afford students real opportunities in life and build schools that reflect and foster a more just and equitable world, we need determined, unwavering school leaders committed to the truth that every student can excel. New Leaders is an educational leadership organization whose mission is driven by racial equity and social justice, and by an unwavering belief in the potential of every student. Building schools and systems that lift up Black and brown students and children from low-income communities is at our core. We forge deep partnerships to equip school leaders at all levels to be powerful and positive forces for change, especially in our most marginalized communities. We provide best-in-class leadership training that ensures schools are set up to provide all students with challenging, engaging learning experiences in every classroom, every day, year after year. To date, we have developed nearly 4,000 leaders who annually reach more than half a million students across the country. To support even more children and communities, we champion evidence-based policies that reflect the transformative power of exceptional school leadership and that break down inequitable structural and institutional barriers to student achievement and educational equity. By transforming our schools, we’ll transform our society.

Position Details

New Leaders is seeking a rising second- or third-year law student or recent law school graduate for an Internship/fellowship position with the General Counsel’s team during summer of 2021. This position is based out of the organization’s Washington, D.C. office. Telework options are available for this position. The application deadline for applicants is March 15, 2021.

Who You Are

The Legal Intern/Legal Fellow will be a bright, energetic law student or recent law school graduate who is committed to or interested in learning about a career in education or nonprofit organizations. The intern/fellow will work directly with the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel on a wide variety of legal matters.

What You’ll Do (

Depending on the specific assignment, the intern/fellow may have the opportunity to do legal research and writing, draft contracts or other legal documents, participate in internal policy development, attend meetings or seminars, and learn about the operations of a nonprofit organization’s legal team. Particular areas of research may include employment law, intellectual property law, education law, nonprofit tax and compliance law, and corporate governance.

What You Bring

Education and Experience (

To be considered for this position, the candidate must be:

  • A rising year 2 or 3 law student during summer 2021 (year 1 or 2 law student in school year 2020-21) with:

  • Previous work or internship experience or a recent law school graduate.

  • Candidates must also have strong research, writing, problem solving, and analytical abilities.

  • The Legal Intern/Legal Fellow must be able to work independently and proactively in the context of a small team.

    What We Offer

    New Leaders will pay a stipend to the Legal Intern/Legal Fellow and encourages applicants to seek outside funding to supplement it.

    Application Notes

    Application deadline for applicants is March 15, 2021. Your application must include the following:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter demonstrating your interest in education or nonprofit organizations

    To be considered for this role, please attach a cover letter including your motivation and interest in New Leaders ( and the position.

    New Leaders is an equal opportunity employer. New Leaders evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, handicap, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration and operation of its Programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, or treatment or employment therein. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status and will not be discriminated against on

    the basis of such status.