“It would be very difficult to find another summer position that would offer the range of substantive, hands on work experience that the GLSP Farmworker Rights Division offered me. Not only did I conduct intensive legal research, and draft briefs, subpoenas, motions, and memos…, but I was able to do things I never dared imagine I could do as a summer intern…Most incredible of all, I was able to have my voice heard… At the GLSP Farmworker Rights Division they made you truly feel like you were part of the team.”
– Kai Gill, Columbia Law Class of 2017 (2015 Summer Intern)
The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services Program seeks law students to join our advocacy on behalf of farmworkers. Farmworkers frequently experience significant wage violations, discrimination, wrongful termination, and other violations of their employment rights. We litigate cases aggressively, impacting practices that affect both foreign and domestic farmworkers in Georgia. See, e.g., Tomason v. Stanley, 297 F.R.D. 541 (S.D. Ga. 2014); Hernandez v. Hendrix Produce, Inc., 297 F.R.D. 538 (S.D. Ga. 2014); Ojeda-Sanchez v. Bland Farms, 600 F.Supp.2d 1373 (S.D. Ga. Mar. 4, 2009).
Student Intern Responsibilities:
Summer is our busiest time, as the height of the Georgia harvest season occurs from May through July. Our Summer Interns will develop their client communication and fact-finding skills by visiting farmworker communities around the state, providing workers with information about their rights, and collecting information about the working and housing conditions around the state. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to investigate the facts of developing cases, draft affidavits, letters and other legal documents, and participate in the discovery process. Previous interns have attended trials and depositions, and worked on cases involving racial and national origin discrimination, serious violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Agricultural Worker Protection Act, among other issues affecting farmworkers.
Ability to work and communicate well with a diverse group of people
Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
Strong writing skills
Commitment to social justice
Internship period is mid-May to the end of July
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to email@example.com
Read about Ashley Smith’s experience as an intern in summer 2010 on the NYU Law Blog: “I had become a better and more efficient legal researcher and writer, had improved my rather rusty Spanish abilities, and had gained skills working with a diverse clientele that would doubtlessly serve me well as a lawyer. In a broader sense, I learned that amazing things can happen when dedicated, passionate people work together for change.”