About the National Institute for Reproductive Health

The National Institute for Reproductive Health promotes reproductive rights and expands access to re-productive health care in New York and in cities and states across the country. The National Institute for Reproductive Health works through a partnership model in cities and states across the U.S. to promote a proactive and unapologetic approach to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Through strategic risk-taking and a focus on long-term change, the National Institute galvanizes public support, changes public policy, and expands access to reproductive health care, with a specific focus on abortion. By building connections between and among partner organizations, developing proactive policy strategies, and providing capacity-building assistance, we are strengthening local and state movements, and thus shift-ing the culture on the national level.

Position Summary:

The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights. Note that due to the COVID pandemic, this internship will be likely be fully remote.

Position Available:

May through August 2021

Reports to: Policy Counsel

Primary Responsibilities:

· Policy analysis of bills affecting reproductive rights on the state level;

· Legislative tracking of related bills in key states;

· Legal research and writing.


· Current law student;

· A commitment to and knowledge of reproductive health, rights and justice is preferred but not required;

· A commitment to racial equity;

· Excellent legal research and writing skills;

· Knowledge of and/or interest in the legislative process

· Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, including exceptional attention to detail; and

· Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Full time, approximately 40 hours per week.


A stipend is provided for applicants who are unable to secure outside funding. A monthly MetroCard will be provided.

To Apply:

Application Deadline: April 10th, 2021

Please email a resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to [email protected] with subject line “Legal Intern”

EEO statement:

The National Institute for Reproductive Health and the Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH/ NIRHAF strive to build and support an equitable work community that attracts, develops, and retains exceptional people. As a member of the reproductive freedom movement, NIRH/NIRHAF aim to foster leadership and raise the voices of historically marginalized people, including but not limited to Black people and people of color, indigenous/native peoples, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled/differently abled people, immigrants, and low-income people. We strongly encourage candidates of these and other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Equity Statement:

NIRH and the Action Fund staff and board have committed to racial equity, and as such have been engaged in a multi-year process to adopt a racial equity lens across the organizations. We are a reproductive health and rights organization that incorporates reproductive justice values into our work. We recognize the interconnectivity of identities, like race, socio-economic status, immigration status, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and how they interact with systems of oppressions to shape and impact a person’s access to abortion and contraception. As a result, this person will join an organization that’s currently engaged in shifting its internal culture and institutional framework. As a result, this person will join an organization that’s currently engaged in shifting its institutional framework.