The Southern Poverty Law Center’s General Counsel Office is seeking a summer intern – an exceptional law student who possesses a strong academic background, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. The Intern will work closely with the General Counsel and their team in all subject matter areas. Intern will learn about the responsibilities of a General Counsel office and develop their legal writing skills, conduct research, review agreements and policies, and assist with organization and preparation of board governance materials.

The SPLC is dedicated to working side-by-side with the communities it serves to seek justice and fight hate and bigotry. Using litigation, legislation, public education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. The SPLC has earned a reputation as a force among social justice organizations, safeguarding and defending crucial civil rights victories during some of the most challenging periods in our nation’s history. The SPLC’s work has become increasingly vital as our country becomes more diverse and hate and bigotry grow. In the face of new challenges, the SPLC has maintained an unwavering resolve to promote and protect our nation’s most cherished ideals.

Who You Are

Inquisitive. Possesses a demonstrated interest and past involvement in social justice issues.

Thorough. Ability to conduct in-depth research and a high level of attention to detail.

Analytical. Capable of breaking down research and presenting, either verbally or in writing, your findings.

Communicative. Must have exceptional writing and communication skills.

Proficient. Familiarity and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite is a must, specifically Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

What You’ll Do

Assist with contract review, administration, and management;

Organize, review and prepare board governance materials;

Review and revise Center policies;

Research projects on a variety of Center-related topics;

Research and document Center history and archives;

Conduct legal research and writing on labor, employment, data privacy, intellectual property, and other compliance issues; and

Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification

Minimum Qualifications 

We are committed to equitable hiring practices, therefore you must meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for the role.

  • Currently a 1L or 2L student enrolled at an accredited law school.

Compensation & Additional Information

Students are supervised by our Atlanta office staff. This position will be assigned to the Office of General Counsel and will provide support for Center objectives. Interns are compensated by the Center. The Center pays a base of $644 weekly ($16.10 per hour x 40 hours per week), with opportunities for additional compensation through supervisory-approved overtime.

This internship is expected to begin June 5, 2024. A minimum commitment of ten consecutive weeks is expected. We unfortunately are not able to split summers.

To Apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and a writing sample (no longer than 5 pages). Applications must be received by 5:00 pm CST, January 12, 2024.

Where & How You’ll Work 

This role has the following work designation options:

  • Local Remote: Will work remotely, but is expected to attend work-related activities that occur at the SPLC offices or in the states in which the SPLC operates.
  • Telework: Will work at an SPLC office at least three days per week and may work two days per week from an alternative work location.

Other Special Considerations 

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

We require students to submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript. If you have any questions, please email