PICS Organization Name
Lawyers for Children
New York, New York
Isabel Ting '21, Kauribel Javier '19
At Lawyers For Children, our mission is to give children in foster care a voice in the decisions that will change their lives. Since LFC’s founding by Karen J. Freedman in 1984, our attorneys and social workers have been listening to their clients, protecting their legal rights, and empowering them with the tools and resources they need to grow and thrive. Each year, our staff of seventy professionals represents over 3,000 individual children in more than 6,000 court proceedings. Our advocacy helps children find safe and loving homes more quickly and helps minimize the trauma of foster care placement. We also help youth aging out of foster care access the education, housing, and employment they need to transition to independence.
We are continuously evolving our practice with special projects that focus on the most vulnerable among our clients, including LGBTQ youth, children with special educational needs, youth who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation, and young people with immigration issues. Our public policy project tracks recurring challenges for young people across all of our individual cases and uses this data to promote comprehensive reform of the foster care system through both legislative advocacy and class action litigation.
A Princeton student will be able to work as a part of our interdisciplinary model that specializes in child advocacy.
LFC has a robust social work summer internship program for students committed to child welfare issues. As a social work intern, you would work side by side with our staff social workers, gaining valuable exposure to the profession and to the most pressing issues facing the City's children and their families. Interns will have a formal training program that continues throughout the summer.
Social work interns have the opportunity to accompany social workers on field visits, sit in on client interviews and case conferences, observe court cases, and help prepare the social work portion of cases for hearings and trial.
Previous experience working with children is preferred.
Good communication and writing skills.
Knowledge of computer operating systems, including Microsoft Office.
Knowledge of the NYC public transportation system is a bonus.
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
6/1/20 - 8/7/20
Meets Certificate Requirement
NYU Housing has housed interns in the past.
I learned more in just 10 weeks about child welfare than I could ever have imagined. I learned broadly through the training sessions and firsthand through the interviews and through observing the trials.
—Carly Rabner '15
The internship completely surpassed all of my expectations over the summer. I felt that I was treated like a fellow staff member and given meaningful work that would help out a child in need. I was rarely ever given busy work and was more often than not, trusted to complete important assignments that would help out both the social worker and lawyer [...] Working at LFC was an eyeopening experience and one that will remain with me as I consider career plans.
—Kauribel Javier '19
I did connect with the service mission of LFC. My experience definitely enhanced my passion for public interest law. I also now recognize the importance of making sure children's voices are heard in difficult family matters. —Addie Gilson '19