Fair Work Center Legal Clinic Internship

Fair Work Center is currently accepting applications for law student interns for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Beginning and end dates for the externship are flexible based upon student’s academic schedules. However, intern must be available for full-time work in Seattle for at least 10 weeks. Interns are paid $16/hour.

Fair Work Center is a hub for workers to understand and exercise their workplace rights, improve working conditions, and connect with community resources. Our legal clinic advises and represents workers in accessing their rights under Seattle’s labor ordinances as well as under state and federal law. We provide free individualized consultations, community education, pro se assistance to workers navigating administrative enforcement processes, and maintain an active litigation docket in state and federal courts. In 2018, we met with more than 500 low-wage workers and recovered over $1 million for workers across Washington state. Fair Work Center works in partnership with our sibling organization, Working Washington. Working Washington organizes workers to raise wages, improve labor standards, and change the conversation about wealth, inequality, and the value of work.

Intern Responsibilities

In the Legal Clinic, the intern will be an integral part of every aspect of our work which includes:

1) Worker Intake and Counseling – After intake training and under the supervision of the Legal Director, the intern will meet with workers to provide legal information, self-help assistance, referral, or evaluation of the case for representation by the Legal Clinic;

2) Individual Case Management – The intern will be assigned to work on individual cases which the Legal Clinic has agreed to take on for representation. For these cases, the intern would work directly with Staff Attorneys to draft demand letters and/or complaints, assist with negotiations, administrative advocacy, or litigation preparation;

3) Policy Research – Fair Work Center is involved in the policy discussions around strategic enforcement of minimum workplace standards at the national, state and local levels. The intern would be welcome to attend any conferences, workshops or stakeholder discussions in which the FWC participates; and

4) Development of Community Education Resources – The intern may be involved in developing new resources that assist pro se claimants in navigating enforcement processes, including with state agencies and in small claims court.

How to Apply

Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Danielle Alvarado (dalvarado@fairworkcenter.org). If you need disability, language, or other accommodation, please note that when you apply. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis; please submit materials at least three months before desired start date.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by the income inequality crisis to apply, particularly: people of color, immigrants, women and feminine-identified people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people. We seek candidates whose lived experiences reflect the lived experiences of the clients in our office. Experience in retail, food service, health care, domestic work, and construction, some of the common industries where our clients work, is welcomed.