The Washington Innocence Project (WashIP) seeks law student applicants for a paid, full-time summer internship position. Our Legal Intern will be asked to commit to 35-40 hours per week for a period of 10 weeks. Please note: the Legal Intern will be expected to work in-person from our office in Seattle – no more than 20 hours of remote work will be approved per week.
About WashIP: An independent nonprofit organization, WashIP provides free investigative services and post-conviction representation to prisoners with viable claims of actual innocence that may be established through the presentation of evidence in the post-conviction phase. We work to secure relief from wrongful convictions so that our clients can be where they belong—at home, with their families and friends, living their lives. WashIP has secured the release of 20 innocent men and women who served more than 300 years in prison, pre-trial detention, and post-release restrictions for crimes they did not commit. In addition to direct client representation, WashIP promotes policy reforms to identify, rectify, and prevent wrongful convictions, and supports our freed clients following release.
Intern Duties: Our Legal Intern will work under the supervision of the Litigation Director and Staff Attorneys to assist with ongoing post-conviction litigation. This position will be involved with all stages of representation including intake, record collection and review, and the preparation of motions for postconviction DNA testing or new trials. Research projects will also be assigned to assist future litigation efforts as well as ongoing advocacy efforts under the supervision of the Policy Director.
Timeline: While reasonable accommodations and adjustments will be considered, the internship is intended to start June 17, 2024, and last until August 23, 2024.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the Legal Intern will regularly be required to be stationary as well as move throughout the office or external offices; communicate over the phone; and operate keyboards, computer, phone, and other peripherals. For any approved remote work, interns must have access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection and the ability to be reached via phone and text message.
Emotional demands: While performing the duties of this job, the intern will be required to discuss topics including but not limited to sexual assault, domestic abuse, racial discrimination, and violence.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
– Demonstrated commitment to WashIP’s mission
– Excellent legal research and writing skills
– Previous professional, volunteer, or lived experience navigating the criminal legal system
– Highly organized and excellent attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
– Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
– Preference for this internship will not be given based on an applicant’s status as a rising 2L or 3L
Compensation: Interns will be paid $22/hour for a full-time, 10-week summer internship.
How to apply: To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10-page limit) to email@example.com with “Law Student Internship” in the subject line. The final deadline for applications is February 26, 2024, at 5:00pm. Please direct any questions about the position or application process to John Marlow, firstname.lastname@example.org.