Volunteer/Internships

Volunteer/Internships

GENERAL INTERNSHIPS

Internships

Legal internships are often available and are a great experience for law students and those considering law school. VLA will occasionally supervise attorneys needing to fulfill the clerkship requirements for the Vermont Bar.

Most general internships are unpaid, though VLA will occasionally be able to match work-study funds. 


Vermont Legal Aid Summer 2015 Internships


Health Care Advocacy Internship
The intern will work for the Office of the Health Care Advocate, a project of Vermont Legal Aid (VLA). The intern will work with the staff attorneys who represent the public in health insurance rate review cases before the Green Mountain Care Board and will also help to monitor other health care reform work.  Because the health insurance landscape in Vermont is in the process of tremendous change, there is also the possibility of a significant research or writing project.  Excellent communication, research and writing skills required.  Knowledge of health care law helpful.  Due to the timing of the rate review hearings for the state health care exchange, we would prefer an intern who can work from early June through mid-August. This position is located in Montpelier, VT.

Low Income Tax Project Internship
The intern will work in VLA’s Low Income Taxpayer Project providing assistance to an Attorney and assisting clients who have disputes with the IRS. Tax Project cases include audits, administrative appeals, Tax Court appeals, and collection disputes. The intern will encounter a wide variety of legal issues including Affordable Care Act issues affecting low-income individuals. The intern will be provided with an opportunity to interview clients, gather and organize documents for submission to the IRS, engage in student practice before the IRS (subject to approval) and work on other tax-related projects. Knowledge of tax law is helpful but not necessary. This position is located in Springfield, VT.  

Consumer Law Internship
The intern will work on low-income, consumer debt collection issues in VLA’s Poverty Law Project. Duties will include creating a searchable digest of Vermont Superior and Supreme Court cases that are related to debt collection, creating standard advice for defendants in Small Claims Court that will be accessed by clients on VLA’s website, assisting attorneys with pending debt collection cases, and meeting with the Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program to coordinate efforts. This position is located in Montpelier, VT.  

Legal Advice Hotline Internship
Vermont Law Help, the intake and quick advice unit of VLA, seeks a summer intern to assist with developing print and web-based informational materials to provide legal information and assistance to Vermonters who are low income, senior or disabled.  This internship will involve reviewing current materials, and researching and writing new materials.  There may also be opportunities to provide information and quick advice to clients in a phone hotline or in-person legal clinic setting.  This position is located in Burlington, VT.  

Mental Health Law Project Internship
The Mental Health Law Project of VLA seeks a second-year student to work in a legal services office specializing in representation of litigants in commitment and involuntary medication cases.  The intern may get experience with legal research and writing, review and analysis of medical records and other technical evidence, and interviewing clients and potential witnesses.  Work will include collaboration with the staff attorneys in developing strategies in commitment cases and the opportunity to observe numerous bench trials. This position is located in Montpelier, VT.  

Elder Law Internship
The Senior Citizens Law Project and the Medicare Advocacy Project seek a 1L or 2L student to assist in the representation of seniors in a wide range of cases, both direct service and impact litigation, including housing issues, consumer law, and health care issues, particularly Medicaid and Medicare.  The student will assist project attorneys in their case work, including legal research and writing, reviewing and analyzing documents and medical records, and interviewing clients.  The work may also involve support for a class action lawsuit regarding the Medicare coverage. The student may have the opportunity to represent clients directly in administrative proceedings. This internship will start in May or June and will be located in Burlington, VT.

Housing Discrimination Law Project Internship
Help advance civil rights in Vermont this summer.  VLA seeks a summer intern to assist us with our housing discrimination cases.  The intern will have the opportunity to do research and writing and assist in interviewing clients, investigating and preparing cases for trial.  The intern may also have the opportunity to represent a client, with supervision, in an administrative hearing.  Our anti-discrimination work in housing focuses primarily on race, color, national origin, familial status, and disability.  There may be an opportunity to work on cases or research where the basis of discrimination is gender identity, receipt of public assistance, or age. This position is located in Burlington, VT.

Joan Bauer Domestic Violence Internship
VLA seeks a law student for its Joan Bauer Domestic Violence Summer Internship.  Second year law students are preferred, although first year students will be considered. The intern will work on a special project identified by the Poverty Law Project.  The internship will provide an opportunity to be part of an exciting, friendly, pro-active legal services program as well as the chance to gain a wide range of experience.  This may include direct representation of domestic violence victims under student practice rules, helping to draft pro se information regarding family court, drafting information for our website, and participating in meetings with public and/or non-profit organizations.  The position will be located in Springfield, VT.  Applicants must have a car.  


Information for All Applicants
All internships are unpaid positions, although some may have the possibility of work-study or other match funding. All applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated interest in legal services or public interest law.  The positions will remain open until filled, but in order to receive full consideration, submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references by January 23rd to:  

Eric Avildsen, Executive Director
c/o Elizabeth Davis
Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.
P.O. Box 1367
Burlington, VT 05402

Or email to edavis@vtlegalaid.org with the subject line “Internship Application.”

Applications must contain all requirements listed above to be considered complete.

Vermont Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer - women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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