Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) enforces civil rights laws to ensure equal opportunity in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and lending. ICRC is also charged with providing education and services to the public to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana.
ICRC internships provide hands-on experience and coveted enforcement insight related to these laws. Students are introduced to the work of the ICRC under the guidance of a supervisor and work with professional staff, specifically with program directors, staff attorneys, general counsel, and the administrative law judge.
The ICRC seeks interns/volunteers to work in the following six areas:
1. Development and Outreach (undergraduate and graduate students)
Student interns will support the Outreach Unit in conducting research, overseeing social media, and developing creative content for various internal and external public education and training initiatives. Interns may be expected to assist in coordinating meetings, workshops, and trainings; maintain compliance data and reporting; draft correspondence and respond to phone calls from constituents and agency partners; and support the administration of other ICRC programs and activities. Proficiency in MS Office Suite required. Fluency in Spanish or another language desired. Interest or experience in communications, program development, instructional design, interpretation/ translation studies, and/or public relations a plus. A minimum of 10 hours per week required during the fall and spring semesters with the opportunity for full-time in the summer.
2. Complaint Intake (undergraduate, law or other graduate students)
Students meet or speak telephonically with individuals to assist them to file discrimination complaints, including collecting key legal information (related to jurisdiction and prima facie legal elements) and assisting them to write a narrative describing their allegations. Requires excellent writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Minimum of one full weekday each week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters (two full days preferred); full-time during the summer.
3. Investigations/Enforcement (law students or law graduates)
Interns conduct investigations into discrimination claims regarding workplaces, education, and places of public accommodation, including requesting documentation and evidence from parties, reviewing case files, and drafting recommendations regarding whether probable cause exists. Requires excellent writing and analytical skills. Minimum of 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters; full-time during the summer.
4. Legal Unit (law students or law graduates)
Interns assist with evaluating legal strategy, preparing discovery requests and responses, interviewing witnesses, conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, and hearings and court proceedings. Interns will also assist the General Counsel by performing legal review of investigative records; review and edit as needed the recommended agency findings prior to signature by Directors; and review agreements and contracts for the Directors. Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. A minimum of 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters; full-time during the summer.
5. Office of the Administrative Law Judge (law students or law graduates)
Interns will gain a practical understanding of the Indiana Civil Rights Law and Fair Housing Act including their administering regulations, as well as administrative law, specifically the Indiana Administrative Orders and Procedures Act. Students will discover a unique avenue of legal practice by working one-on-one with the agency’s ALJ, preparing substantive legal research and writing related to orders and opinions. Students will also have the opportunity to observe administrative hearings and assist the administrative law judge in all aspects of case management.
6. Alternative Dispute Resolution and Compliance (law students or other graduate students)
Students will assist in internal and external compliance initiatives which involve the detection, analysis, and remediation of non-compliance with rules, regulations, and consent agreements. Students will have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal research and writing and play an instrumental role in the mediation and conciliation of complaints.
The ICRC will consider the “whole candidate” when making selections for the internship program. Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate’s background, including a demonstrated commitment to service, academic achievement, leadership, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the Commission. A knowledge of discrimination law is helpful, but not expected.
Receiving Academic Credit for the Internship
Volunteer interns may qualify either for course credit or as part of a school’s work-study program. In addition, some schools sponsor public interest fellowships or other programs where legal interns receive a stipend for public interest work. Interested students should contact their law school for specific information and requirements.
How to Apply
Internships are available year-round and applications are accepted until positions are filled. Candidates should email a resume, a brief writing sample (less than 10 pages), and a cover letter detailing the candidate’s interest in working for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and top two positions of interest to: Doneisha L. Posey, Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should also include the days and hours during the week that the candidate is available to work. Most positions are filled at least one month before the start date. Start dates are generally the second week of September, the third week of January, and the first week of June.
While there are application deadline dates set below, applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we often fill all available internship slots prior to the stated deadlines.
Applications for summer internships
The ICRC seeks full-time interns/volunteers during the summer. The deadline for summer applications is May 7; however, most positions are filled by late March.
Applications for fall internships
For the fall semester, we are open to interns/volunteers who can work a minimum of 10 to 15 hours each week, as specified above. The deadline for fall applications is September 7 (some exceptions are made for law students); however, most positions are filled by mid-August.
Applications for spring internships
For the spring semester, we are open to interns/volunteers who can work a minimum of 10 to 15 hours each week, as specified above. The deadline for spring applications is January 7 (some exceptions are made for law students); however, most positions are filled by early December.
What to Expect
The Commission provides interns with a multiple-day orientation and training program. Interns gain substantive background knowledge on ICRC’s work, including the legal and procedural aspects of administrative law and the legal grounds for civil rights discrimination cases. Additional training sessions include brown-bag lunchtime talks, film screenings, and joint activities with other organizations throughout the internship. The ICRC staff ensures that interns receive regular supervision and support.
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. ICRC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. ICRC encourages applications from minorities, women and other groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.