Employment

Join the Brennan Center in pursuing meaningful and measurable change in the public sector! The Brennan Center for Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, physical abilities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated.

The Center offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. We hope you will review the current job openings and encourage you to check this page regularly, as new positions are posted here first.

Employment  | Fellowships | Internships

Current Openings

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Fellowships

The Brennan Center is eager to partner with individuals who are interested in developing public interest fellowships, including Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and Liman Fellowships. The Brennan Center also offers the Katz Fellowship to alumni of NYU Law School. If you are interested in developing a fellowship proposal with the Brennan Center, please email a short statement describing your interest, resume, transcript, and writing sample to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu, with the subject line "Fellowship Opportunities." For more information on postgraduate fellowships generally, visit PSLawNet.

Current Opportunities

Legal Fellowship Sponsorship

Every spring, the Brennan Center for Justice seeks current law students, current judicial law clerks, or other fellowship applicants or recipients to sponsor for fellowships. Such fellowships can include, but are not limited to those funded by Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Open Society/Soros Foundation, Kirkland & Ellis, and law-school-specific fellowships, like the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship. Fellows will work on current and cutting edge legal issues, including national security issues raised by the Patriot Act, expanding voter registration, strengthening campaign finance laws, and improving access to a fair and impartial justice system. Our research, policy development, and advocacy focus on systemic reform that combats discrimination and inequality and promotes civic participation. 

If you are interested in developing a fellowship proposal with the Brennan Center, please email a short statement describing your project proposal, resume, transcript, writing sample, and contact information for three references to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu, with the subject line "Fellowship Opportunities." Please indicate the fellowship for which you seek sponsorship. For more information on postgraduate fellowships generally, visit PSLawNet. Our annual fellowship deadline is June 30.

George A. Katz Fellowship

The George A. Katz Fellowship provides the opportunity for a recent graduate of New York University School of Law to spend two years as a staff attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice. The Fellowship is generously funded by the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in honor of George A. Katz, an alumnus of NYU School of Law and a founding partner of the firm. In the Fall of 2012, a Katz Fellow will be selected for the next fellowship period, Fall 2013 - Fall 2015.

Responsibilities: The Katz Fellow works alongside other staff on the Brennan Center’s public advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. The Katz Fellow may work on one or more of the Brennan Center’s initiatives in our Democracy, Justice, and Liberty and National Security programs. Depending on the program and project area of work, activities may include legal and policy analysis and counseling; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts.

Qualifications: The Katz Fellow should have excellent legal research, writing and analytical skills and possess a commitment to work in the public interest. Relevant past experience and a particular interest in one or more of the Center’s specific initiatives will also be valued. 

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated.

Applications: Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2012. Please click here to apply.


Internships

We offer semester-term and summer-term internships and externships for undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as particular opportunities, such as the Public Policy Advocacy Clinic, for NYU School of Law students. Law students are sometimes able to earn credit for their work, may be able to develop law review pieces and other papers on subjects growing out of the Center's activities, and are encouraged to apply for post-graduate fellowships at the Center.

Current Opportunities

Internships for Law Students in NY and DC

The Brennan Center for Justice brings impact litigation, advises lawmakers on the constitutionality of bills, drafts legislation and regulations, and produces public education materials on a number of topics. We have three programs: Democracy, Justice and Liberty and National Security. Under the Democracy Program, we work on election administration, voting technology, voter registration, expanding the franchise, redistricting, campaign finance reform and judicial selection, among other topics. Under the Justice Program, we work on habeas corpus, abuse of executive power, access to counsel, and the rights of prisoners and ex-prisoners, among other topics. 

We seek interns to work alongside staff in our New York and DC offices on the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts.

Legal interns receive one-on-one supervision of their legal work by lawyers on our staff. If students need to complete a particular type of writing assignment for their coursework requirements, we can accommodate such requests by allowing students to write law review style articles about legal questions that arise in our work. Students are not compensated by the Brennan Center for their internships.

Select summer interns, who would not otherwise be able to live and work in New York City, may be eligible to apply for The James E. Johnson Legal Intern Fund. Named for our former Board Chair, who served for seven years, the Fund was created in 2011 to pay tribute to James Johnson’s extraordinary leadership and ongoing commitment to building the Brennan Center. The program is a prestigious opportunity for students and helps nurture future leaders for the public interest field. Law students who are not otherwise able to access funding from their schools or other sources of support for public interest law internships may apply for support from the James E. Johnson  Legal Intern Fund.

Qualifications: Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills; initiative, imagination, and versatility; and a passion for our issues. The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.

How to Apply: Please visit our jobs page.

The application deadline for the fall term is September 15; November 15 for the spring term; and February 15 for the summer term. We encourage students with a strong interest in joining us to apply early. Opportunities are usually available in both our New York and Washington offices. Please visit our jobs page to apply.

Internships for Undergraduates

The Brennan Center hires undergraduate student interns for all semesters to provide administrative and clerical support to staff in our Development, Communications, Finance & Operations, Democracy, and Justice Departments. Specific information about available positions and how to apply can be found here.

Responsibilities: All interns will assist with general administrative and clerical work for the Brennan Center, including filing, photocopying, answering phones, shipping and mailing, coordinating meetings, drafting routine correspondence and covering the reception desk.

In addition to administrative and reception duties, specific responsibilities for each department include:

  • Development – assisting in event organization; updating the fundraising database; researching funding opportunities; and assisting in donor correspondence.
  • Finance & Operations – processing job applications; assisting in processing payables and receivables; responding to prisoner correspondence; and assisting human resources staff.
  • Communications – filing press clips and tracking media appearances; updating press lists; helping to research and edit opinion pieces and blog entries; drafting press releases, cover letters and other external communications; tracking BC issues and initiatives on the web; assisting in outreach; and updating web site.
  • Democracy – providing administrative support for litigation; conducting research; and preparing employee expense reports.
  • Justice – maintaining contact database; conducting research; and providing event support. 
  • Liberty & National Security – updating the website; preliminary research (e.g., finding relevant material on radicalization policies in different countries) and editing papers.

The job is great experience for undergraduates interested in the general workings of a not-for-profit organization.

Qualifications: Interns must have a passion for our issues and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Experience with Windows XP, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, a must. Database experience very helpful. Must be open to evolving responsibilities. These positions are only open to current undergraduate students.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated.

Hours: 15-25/week during fall/spring semesters; 40/week during summer

Pay: $11.00 per hour.

To Apply: The Brennan Center is currently accepting applications for the fall 2013 undergraduate internship program. Please see the "Current Openings" section above for information on applying.


Brennan Center Public Policy Advocacy Clinic

The Public Policy Advocacy Clinic "PPAC" is a year-long fieldwork clinic designed to teach public policy reform strategies in the context of the real world campaigns that form the core of the Brennan Center's work. It is currently taught by Brennan Center lawyer Myrna PĂ©rez. Recognizing that multi-strategy lawyering is increasingly necessary for dealing with societal inequities, including unjust laws and policies, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Clinical Law Program of New York University School of Law are combining efforts to promote the rigorous study of public policy advocacy. The aim is to understand and master the broad range of strategies and skills relied upon by activists seeking to affect decision-making on matters of public policy.