Legal Internship Program

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is pleased to announce a call for applications for our Summer 2018 Legal Internship Program.

FIRE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational foundation headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1999, FIRE has effectively and decisively defended the civil liberties of thousands of students and faculty on our nation’s campuses.


FIRE’s legal internship is open to rising second- and third-year law students. Applicants are expected to be self-motivated, possess excellent legal writing and analytical skills, and demonstrate a commitment to core constitutional rights. Knowledge of First Amendment jurisprudence is preferred, but not required.


FIRE legal interns perform substantive work on behalf of student and faculty civil liberties, including freedom of expression and due process rights. Specifically, legal interns’ responsibilities will include:

  • Researching speech-related policies at public universities to support FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project;
  • Researching and writing memoranda about recent developments in First Amendment, administrative, contract, and constitutional law;
  • Assisting FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program with cases involving civil liberties violations at colleges and universities across the country;
  • Assisting FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Program with research related to both state and federal legislative proposals;
  • Assisting FIRE’s Policy Reform Project with research, writing, and analysis regarding student and faculty rights, including the freedoms of association, speech, conscience, and religion.

Collaborative opportunities for publication are available, and FIRE staff attorneys will assist in the creation of a writing sample. Legal interns will participate in academic seminars with FIRE’s leadership and other experts on civil liberties.

Application Procedures

FIRE considers applications for legal internships on a rolling basis. Legal internships may be paid or unpaid, depending on individual students’ particular needs. However, pursuit of independent funding and public interest fellowships is strongly encouraged. Interns will work in FIRE’s Philadelphia headquarters.

Interested students should email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (maximum five pages) to Will Creeley, Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Advocacy, at