State Policy Network

Pacific Legal Foundation

Intern: Legal Policy &; Center for the Separation of Powers

  • Type: Internship
  • Disciplines: Government Affairs, Litigation, Policy
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: September 15, 2021


You: An inquisitive, creative, and self-motivated college junior, senior, or recent graduate who knows the principles of liberty and seeks to advance them. You have strong written and oral communication skills and enjoy problem solving.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases heard by the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

The Legal Policy & Center for the Separation of Powers Intern will work with PLF’s Legal Policy Department and Center for the Separation of Powers (CSP). Our legal policy team helps develop and execute strategies to secure state and federal legislative and executive reforms to expand individual liberty, and CSP seeks to end the unconstitutional regulatory state through academic engagement, public education, and strategic litigation. This internship provides an opportunity for a wide variety of experiences, including:

  • Reading and summarizing important legislation.
  • Developing briefing materials for use in meetings with executive and legislative branch officials.
  • Conducting policy research for reform efforts at the state or federal level.
  • Conducting other research for op-eds, podcasts, videos, and other projects to educate the public about the separation of powers.

General Information:                              

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; Seattle, WA, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country. The Legal Policy Department and Center for the Separation of Powers both operate out of the Arlington, VA office.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.
  • A writing sample.

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