FIRE’s Legal Internship Program

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Summer 2021 Legal Internship Program

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is pleased to announce a call for applications for our Summer 2021 Legal Internship Program.

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

Legal interns will work remotely or in FIRE’s headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to be determined in the spring by the Director of Procedural Advocacy, based on safety considerations relating to COVID-19.


FIRE’s summer legal internship is open to first- and second-year law students attending accredited institutions in the United States. 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 and due process 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 may include:

  • Researching speech-related policies at public universities to assist advocacy and potential litigation efforts;
  • 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. 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. A legal intern is eligible for funding from FIRE if either (a) their institution and/or public interest student organization does not provide grants for summer public interest work, or (b) the intern has unsuccessfully applied for such a grant. Pursuit of independent funding or other fellowships is also strongly encouraged.

Interested students should email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (maximum five pages) to Susan Kruth, Director of Procedural Advocacy, at