The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country.
NCTE offers legal internships for law students year-round and post-graduate legal fellowships for recent law graduates. We welcome applications from students currently enrolled in law school or recent graduates. Summer legal interns are Andrew S. Cray Law Fellows, named in memory of trans health advocate Andrew Cray. Learn more about Andrew here.Summer Law FellowsAndrew Cray Law Fellowships are awarded for summer, full-time interns, and come with a stipend to cover living expenses. Fall or Spring Academic InternsLegal interns during the academic year are generally unpaid as they are generally receiving academic credit. NCTE will work with a student's university to assure academic credit is received if eligible for credit. Post-Graduate FellowsPost-graduate fellows are encouraged to bring their own funding from their law school or other granting organization. NCTE is happy to work with applicants to develop a fellowship application.Typical Legal Intern or Fellow Responsibilities:
- Provide research and analysis on legal and/or policy issues
- Track local and federal legislation and policies
- Educate policymakers and key stakeholders
- Assist transgender activists in lobbying visits
- Attend hearings, coalitional meetings, and community events
Andrew S. Cray Law Fellows work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours over the summer for 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday.Spring/Fall Legal Interns work out of our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours for at least 12 hours per week. Full-time legal interns are also desired for Spring and Fall semesters.Post-Graduate Legal Fellows work various hours, depending on the requirements of their fellowship funds.
- Strong research and writing skills are absolutely critical
- Ability to excel at working both independently and collaboratively
- A commitment to transgender equality
- Demonstrated interest in transgender, LGBT, health care, privacy, civil rights or related issues a plus
Mail or email a resume, cover letter, and a 3-5 page writing sample to NCTE at apply [at] transequality.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply several months before each semester and by December 31 for summer.