Fall and Spring Semester Legal Internships (Los Angeles Office)

Fall and Spring Semester Legal Internships (Los Angeles Office)

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP)’s Los Angeles, California office is seeking LL.M. candidates and second or third year J.D. candidates for legal internships during the fall and spring semesters. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in defending and advancing health care access and quality for low-income and underserved individuals and families.

About the National Health Law Program

NHeLP, founded in 1969, protects and advances health rights of low-income and underserved individuals and families. We advocate, educate and litigate at the federal and state levels to advance health and civil rights across the country. Our lawyers and policy experts fight every day for the rights of the tens of millions of people struggling to access affordable, quality health care coverage free from discrimination.

NHeLP defends and fights to expand health and civil rights of those most in need and those with the fewest resources. We strive to give a voice to low-income individuals and families in federal and state policy making, promote the rights of patients in emerging managed-care health care systems that too often put profits over people, and advocate for a health care system that will ensure all people have access to quality and comprehensive health care.

Our offices engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients. Reproductive health is core to our vision of quality, comprehensive health care.

NHeLP is committed to creating health equity — ensuring that everyone has access to all the resources they need to be healthy – and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. We welcome applicants who bring a variety of perspectives, lived experiences, and competencies. People of color, women, people with disabilities and chronic conditions, and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply.


NHeLP seeks seeking LL.M. candidates and second or third year J.D. candidates who have exemplary research, writing, and interpersonal skills. We also give priority to students who have a proven and demonstrated commitment to social justice work, public health, and/or poverty law, as well as an interest in working toward the expansion and protection of health care access for low-income and underserved populations.


Interns will develop a broad understanding of the issues facing low-income and underserved communities and gain exposure to the variety of advocacy methods that may be used to resolve them. Under the mentorship and supervision of NHeLP staff, interns may do any of the following:

  • Contribute to analysis and development of health care policy, particularly with regard to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act;
  • Research novel areas of health law and draft legal and policy memoranda;
  • Assist in responding to requests for legal and policy analysis from advocates around the country; and
  • Gain exposure to high impact litigation and/or policy analysis.

Specific examples of past internship assignments include:

  • Drafting comments on federal regulations and state Medicaid demonstration projects;
  • Monitoring and analyzing state and federal legislation;
  • Attending briefings and meetings with local, state and federal policy-makers;
  • Participating in state and national coalition strategy meetings;
  • Assisting with the production of substantive manuals, guides, and issue briefs for use by legal advocates;
  • Assisting with production of articles, presentations and other materials for broader audiences, including policy makers and public health officials; and
  • Assisting with research and drafting of litigation materials for use in state and federal court proceedings.


We do not offer a stipend or salary for semester legal internships. However, we will work with interns to obtain school credit or work study if such is available.

How to Apply

  • Send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Romon Thomas-Brown at [email protected]. All three documents must be sent as one PDF file. Please indicate “Semester Internship Application” in the subject line.
  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Note that we are only accepting applications for semester internships in NHeLP’s Los Angeles, California office at this time.


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