Internships

Please note that we have filled our spring 2014 internship positions, and will begin summer 2014 internship recruitment in March.  We do hold applications on file for consideration as positions become available.

An internship  at MLP | Boston is a unique opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary setting on behalf of vulnerable patients. Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston (a fiscal program of Third Sector New England) promotes health through justice by collaborating with doctors and allied health professionals to address social determinants of health that have legal remedies. We engage in "legal triage" through regular consultations with health care providers regarding patients they've screened positive for possible legal needs. We also engage a deep panel of pro bono volunteers to represent patients with complex legal needs in the areas of housing, health care access, public benefits, disability, special education, immigration, and family stability.  
 
Depending on the needs of the program during a given season, internships variously focus on legal research and writing, policy analysis, training development for hospital staff, data entry and analysis support for medical research studies involving social determinants of health and health disparities, participation in coalitions and public health Communities of Practice, and work on community lawyering projects to address health-harming inequities. Interns will be exposed to the real-time development of legal care as a component of healthcare quality improvement and the emerging implementation of the Accountable Care model.

All interns (like all our staff) are expected to pitch in on ministerial tasks related to running a non-profit office without administrative support staff. This runs the gamut from photocopying to filing to copious data entry essential for documenting our work, analyzing our impact, and improving our quality.

While this is not primarily a direct client service internship, student responsibilities may also involve individual client work including case intake, strategy development, and informal negotiation.
 
Prospective candidates must indicate a willingness to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week during the academic year; interns seeking summer positions will be expected to work full-time from early June to mid-August, with few exceptions. We are unable to offer any paid internship positions due to budget constraints, but are able and willing to support most funding opportunities and scholarships identified by prospective candidates.

Qualifications:

In addition to a positive, flexible, can-do attitude,

  • Ability to work independently while seeking guidance as needed.
  • Multilingual skills are highly valued
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Solid interpersonal skills in terms of cross–cultural rapport building with clients, stakeholders and others
  • Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint appreciated

To apply:

Please e-mail the following to internships@mlpboston.org

  • Electronic cover letter
  • Resume
  • 2 - 5 page writing sample (can be excerpted from longer piece)
  • References only upon request 

Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive we cannot respond individually to all applicants who submit materials; and even though our small staff can not offer personalized acknowledgement we sincerely appreciate all aspiring medical-legal partnership advocates who take the time to express interest in our program.