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Legal Internship - Summer 2024

Job Details

San Francisco, CA


Applications for Summer 2024 internships are due February 15, 2024. Applications will be evaluated as they are received. You are encouraged to apply early, as we will extend offers on a rolling basis.


Job Description

Legal interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials (e.g., blog posts). EFF’s docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to illegal government spying; take a look at and for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world.


For summer internships, we require a full-time commitment (40 hours per week) for 10–14 weeks. Interns will be required to work from EFF’s San Francisco office at least two days per week. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for anyone with a disability that makes in-person work a hardship.


Internships are generally unpaid; arrangements should be made with the student’s law school for work-study stipends or course credit. In recent years, EFF has been able to offer limited stipends to interns who exhaust other sources of funding and will not receive course credit. Application decisions are need-blind, and EFF will allocate any funding on a case-by-case basis.



  • Enrollment at, or recent graduation from, a U.S. law school - law students of all levels, including LLM students, are encouraged to apply
  • Demonstrated interest in and enthusiasm for civil liberties or technology-related legal issues
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • The initiative and energy to see projects to completion in a fast-moving environment


Application Requirements & Instructions

Your application must include the following components:

  • resume in PDF format
  • A cover letter in PDF format that explains why you want to work with EFF and why we should want to work with you
  • writing sample (10 pages or fewer) in PDF format. Writing samples on civil liberties and/or intellectual property issues are highly preferred, as are litigation-oriented or otherwise persuasive writing samples.
  • Contact information for two references
  • A 1 to 2 paragraph (100 - 500 words) response to a short-answer questionThe question is as follows: Identify an issue that EFF has worked on in the past 5 years that you would be especially interested in working on, and tell us why.