Spend a semester with ArchCity Defenders
With a strong belief in giving students the opportunity to experience and learn client-centered, holistic advocacy, ArchCity Defenders provides academic calendar as well as summer internship and externship opportunities for law students, social work students, paralegal students, communications and digital media students, graphic design students, and undergraduates.
While continuing to provide holistic legal advocacy to the indigent in St. Louis, ArchCity Defenders is working on broad-based change to the St. Louis region’s criminal legal system. One way we advance this agenda is through the use of impact litigation. In order to effectively file and argue civil rights, impact cases, it is necessary to have extensive knowledge of legal precedents, state and federal statutes, and county and local ordinances.
Although impact litigation has become one effective tool for change, ArchCity Defenders remains dedicated to representing our clients and changing the lives of our clients on an individual basis. To this end, we provide direct representation in housing, elder, consumer, family, criminal, and other areas of the law.
Legal interns perform fact and legal research; draft memos synthesizing their findings, motions, pleadings, and client communication; assist with discovery and investigation; interview and communicate with clients and witnesses; and attend court proceedings with staff attorneys.
Another effective tool for change is ArchCity’s policy and media advocacy work. Policy interns will research and analyze policy issues; draft legislation, issue briefs, policy statements, press releases, and op-eds; attend hearings; coordinate and assist with public education; track local, state, and federal legislation and regulatory actions; and build power and support broader campaigns through work for and with organizers and movements.
Paralegal interns engage in some of the same work as our legal interns while working alongside ACD staff paralegals to request and organize documents and records, assist with discovery and research, maintain case files, and perform other office operation functions. The internship is designed to ensure hands-on experience in a variety of paralegal roles within a law-firm setting.
Social Work Practicum & Internship Opportunities
ACD currently hosts three different opportunities to provide students with experience at the intersection of law and social work.
The housing navigator intern provides more intensive social work services focused specifically on assisting clients with obtaining or maintaining housing stability.
The development intern receives valuable nonprofit fundraising experience while educating donors and funders about the unique work we do. Students have space and support to research and write grant proposals and work with the development team to plan and execute events.
The direct services intern works alongside staff attorneys to provide assistance and support in assessing client needs, coordinating social services, and connecting them to resources.
Communications, digital media, and graphic design students assist with overarching ACD goals and objectives as they relate to multimedia storytelling through advocacy, media outreach, social media, graphic design, photography, videography, and using data, investigative, and writing skills for content development.
Communications & Digital Media
The Communications & Digital Media intern will produce and design content for ACD’s website, social media channels, and various digital and print materials; and monitor and track earned news media and social media analytics.
The Graphic Design intern will conceptualize and execute design projects; produce and design content for ACD’s website, social media channels, and various digital and print materials.
Undergraduate interns provide invaluable support and have opportunities to work throughout the firm at ArchCity Defenders. Interns engage with clients, support attorneys and paralegals, organize and facilitate events and other development work, assist with firm communications, and assist with legislative and policy advocacy.
Join us at ArchCity Defenders
Apply now for internship, practicum, and externship opportunities for law students, social work students, paralegal students, communications and digital media students, graphic design students, and undergraduates.