Internships & Law Clerkships


At CAIR-SV we are convinced that the best way to secure a better future for all of us is to empower young Americans with the skills they need to make a difference. There is no better teacher than experience. Interns will work with leaders on substantive projects that lay the foundation for a fair and more inclusive America. Interns develop professional skills, gain insight into the societal impact of public service, and have the opportunity to work with different departments so they might holistically understand the daily operations of a non-profit civil rights organization.

Interns gain hands-on experience by taking rotations in the following departments:

  • Operations / Administration
  • Civil Rights
  • Government Affairs
  • Media / Communications
  • Programs & Events
  • Outreach


Summer 2018 Internship Sessions for High School & College Students

Sessions Internship Dates Deadlines
Summer 1 May 7 – July 13 April 27, 2018
Summer 2 July 16 – September 21 July 6, 2018



Winter/Spring 2018: On a case-by-case basis, internship opportunities can also be tailored to fit academic schedules during the academic year. Please contact Cyndi ( for details.



LAW CLERKSHIPS (for current law school students)


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is currently offering clerkship opportunities for law students and recent graduates. The law clerk will work closely with CAIR’s Legal Counsel on resolving cases of discrimination reported to CAIR.All clerkships are unpaid.

Clerkships last 10-12 weeks depending on the student’s academic calendar.

Hours for an academic term clerkship: 10-15 hours. Hours for a summer clerskhip: 30-35 hours.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct thorough intakes, communicate with and counsel a diverse group of community members who believe they have been discriminated against.

  • Research Discrimination Constitutional, Criminal, Employment, and National Security Law, among other areas.

  • Legal writing, including but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters and memos.

  • Communicate with attorneys, employers and others.

  • Communicate with administrative agencies (i.e. EEOC, State agencies, local civil rights commissions, etc.).

  • Keep detailed records of client communication in CAIR databases.

  • Compile data for civil rights department projects.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Current law students enrolled in a J.D./L.L.M. program (or who have completed one of these programs).

  • Sensitivity in working with clients who have faced discrimination.

  • Sound legal research, analytical, and writing skills. One semester of legal research and writing preferred.

  • Demonstrated time-management and multi-tasking abilities.

  • A proactive disposition showing interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to handle concurrent assignments and meet deadlines.

  • Must be able to work well independently.

  • Support of the mission of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


When applying via email, please be sure to note “Law Clerkship” in the subject of the email to Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem ( Please include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.