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


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.

George A. Katz Fellowship

The George A. Katz Fellowship provides a recent graduate of New York University School of Law the opportunity 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. A Katz Fellow will be selected every other year for a two-year term. 

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.


Internships

We offer semester-term and summer-term internships and externships for undergraduate 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. The Democracy Program focuses on issues of voting rights and elections, money in politics, redistricting and representation, government dysfunction, and fair courts. The Program conducts research, publishes influential studies, convenes conferences, develops policy proposals, supports strategy development, and participates in litigation to defend campaign finance laws, ensure a fair judiciary, uphold fair representation, and oppose laws that restrict the rights of voters. Under the Liberty and National Security Program, we seek to build institutions and define policies that result in a fair, accountable, and transparent national security system. The Justice Program, works 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. Law 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. These positions are only open to current law students.

To Apply: Please visit http://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply and upload (preferably in pdf) your cover letter (copy and paste in the space provided), resume, a current law school transcript, a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages, and a list of contact details for three references. In your cover letter, please specify the department that most interests you.  No phone calls, please.
 
Summer 2019 Deadline: February 28, 2019 at 5:00pm.
 
The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center: 
  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity; 
 
  • Considers and hires applicants who have been previously incarcerated; 
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; 
 
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and
  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.

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, Justice, and Liberty & National Security Departments. 

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 – assisting in processing payables and receivables; backing up Accounts Payable staff, after learning software and systems; processing job postings and applications; updating job recruiting sites list and contact info; assisting Human Resources staff with various HR projects.
  • Human Resources – Intern will assist the HR Generalist and Operations Coordinator with research projects, on-boarding of new hires, recruiting support, general administrative, and clerical work for the HR/Operations Department, including updating data spreadsheets, filing, photocopying, answering phones, shipping and mailing, coordinating meetings, drafting routine correspondence and covering the reception desk.  Additionally, there will be opportunities to attend and observe substantive meetings, events, and conversations on Brennan Center program work.
  • Communications – filing press clips and tracking media appearances; creating and updating press lists; tracking BC issues and initiatives on the web; creating and editing event transcripts; and assisting in outreach.
  • Democracy providing support for litigation, assisting in the research for and rollout of reports, and aiding the program’s advocacy efforts in Voting, Money in Politics, Fair Courts, and Redistricting.
  • Justice – tracking developments in criminal justice; building lists of key stakeholders; conducting background research; assisting with report research, editing, and rollout; and administrative support.
  • Liberty & National Security – conducting research on program issues, such as surveillance, religious and racial profiling, and counter-terrorism initiatives; copy-editing and cite checking research papers, blogs, op-eds, or other materials; assisting with scheduling, mailing publications, and maintaining contact lists.

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.

To Apply: Please visit http://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply and upload (preferably in pdf) your cover letter (copy and paste in the space provided), resume, and a list of contact details for three references. In your cover letter, please specify the department that most interests you.  No phone calls, please.
 
Summer 2019 Deadline: February 28, 2019 at 5:00pm.
 
The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center: 
  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity; 
 
  • Considers and hires applicants who have been previously incarcerated; 
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; 
 
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and
  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.

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

Pay: $15.00 per hour.


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 Senior Counsel Chisun Lee. 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.