FIRE is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2011 Summer Internship and Legal Internship Programs. FIRE internships provide incomparable opportunities for undergraduates and law students to spend the summer defending individual rights on campus.
For undergraduates, FIRE offers a 10-week, paid Summer Internship Program. FIRE interns do substantive work on behalf of rights, liberty, and individual dignity. Interns help with administrative tasks, write about FIRE cases and issues, and develop strategies for protecting open discourse on their own campuses. Interns also participate in weekly seminars with FIRE staff and other prominent experts on civil liberties. We are looking for intelligent and energetic current undergraduates who are interested in FIRE’s mission and work. The 2011 Summer Internship Program will run from Monday, June 6, through Friday, August 12, at FIRE’s downtown Philadelphia office.
FIRE’s Legal Internship Program gives rising second- and third-year law students the opportunity to work closely with FIRE attorneys to promote liberty on campus. Legal interns perform vital research and write memoranda on current FIRE cases and issues. Participants are also encouraged to explore their own interests within FIRE’s focus on constitutional law on campus and will develop writing samples and legal scholarship with the assistance of FIRE attorneys. Legal internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on individual students’ particular needs. However, pursuit of independent funding and public interest fellowships is encouraged.
The deadline for the undergraduate internship is March 31, 2011. FIRE considers applications for legal internships year-round and on a rolling basis.
As a former FIRE intern myself, I can tell you that the FIRE program is challenging, informative, and fun. During my internship, I gained insight into nonprofit operations, wrote my first Torch post, debated individual rights issues with eminent scholars, and formed many wonderful and lasting friendships. At the end of the summer I wrote that FIRE "has given me the words to express and the skills to defend what I always believed: the protection of dissent is essential to the preservation of liberty." I still use these skills every day. I highly encourage anyone eligible to apply.