Summer Intern, ChangeLab Solutions – Oakland, CA

ChangeLab Solutions seeks Legal Interns for the summer of 2016. The position is open to current first- and second-year law students who are able to work at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. (There may be an opportunity to extend summer work into the school year.)

About ChangeLab Solutions ChangeLab Solutions creates innovative laws and policies to ensure everyday health for all, whether that’s providing access to affordable, healthy food and beverages, creating safe opportunities for physical activity, or ensuring the freedom to enjoy smoke free air and clean water. Our solutions address all aspects of a just, vital and thriving community, like food, housing, child care, schools, transportation, public safety, jobs, and the environment.

ChangeLab Solutions is a national nonprofit based in Oakland, California. For more information about how we create healthier communities for all through better laws and policies, see .

Position Description The Legal Intern will support our dynamic team of planners, policy analysts, attorneys, and public health experts who develop innovative solutions to critical public health challenges. Legal Interns will work across a range of policy areas including healthy eating, active living, healthy housing, sustainable communities and tobacco control, and will gain experience in a wide range of issues that impact the communities and institutions in which we live, work, play, and learn.

Duties & Responsibilities Projects and activities may include any or all of the following:

  • Legal research, writing, and assisting with development of model legislation;
  • Researching and writing on a variety of cutting-edge public health legal and policy issues;
  • Assisting program staff with providing technical assistance to advocates in the field;
  • Crafting clear, easy-to-read fact sheets, technical assistance responses, and other written resources for ChangeLab Solutions’ audience;
  • Cite checking;
  • Attending meetings or other events with program staff; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Current first- or second-year law student.
  • Excellent research, analytic, and writing skills.
  • Cite checking experience.
  • Able to translate complex ideas into writing accessible to a lay audience.
  • Well organized and detail oriented.
  • Preferred candidates will have demonstrated interest or experience in one or more of the following subject areas: municipal law, constitutional law, public health, public policy, health equity, tobacco control, healthy housing, food systems, active living, land use, transportation, economic development, climate change, sustainability, and/or other related subjects in the context of chronic disease prevention policies.

ChangeLab Solutions has a strong commitment to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Compensation There will be a limited number of paid internships available. We strongly encourage applications from law students who will receive academic credit or otherwise use the position in fulfillment of requirements leading up to their degree. We also welcome applications from law students who will receive funding for the work through a law school or other institution.

How to apply To apply for the Legal Intern position, please email all required information to . Please include “2016 Summer Legal Intern” in the subject line.

The following are required to be considered a complete application packet: cover letter, resume, writing sample (up to 5 pages – excerpts are fine, if possible please submit a writing sample in a relevant substantive area), and a list of three references (include name, organization, email address, and phone number). If you are planning to receive academic credit for your work, please include all relevant deadlines in your application package.

The application deadline is January 18, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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