Join our Team

We are lawyers, social workers, researchers, fundraisers, volunteer managers and much more. What we all have in common is a passion for protecting the rights and improving the lives of children.

In addition to staff positions, we are always looking for volunteers – attorneys and non-attorneys – to assist us in this work. Periodically, we offer a number of internships to qualified candidates. We are interested in hearing from smart, dedicated people who share our commitment and want to make a difference. Council for Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity employer.

Council for Children’s Rights is a non-profit organization providing holistic legal representation and advocacy for children, as well as addressing community-wide issues through research and policy work. The Children’s Defense Team at CFCR serves as the public defender for children in Mecklenburg County, giving a voice to children in court and ensuring that their constitutional and statutory rights are protected. 

The Children’s Defense Team seeks dedicated, enthusiastic, and high-performing individuals for summer legal internship positions. Our internship provides individuals with important professional experience and opportunities to effect change on behalf of youth who have come under juvenile court jurisdiction.  Legal interns work directly with attorneys in an inter-disciplinary team with social workers, an investigator and a legal assistant. Interns will assist our staff attorneys with the following aspects of client representation:

  • Client and caretaker interviews
  • Legal research and writing
  • Trial preparation
  • Trail advocacy
  • Attendance at court hearings
  • Engaging in advocacy and education efforts


Applicant Requirements:

  • Rising 3L with North Carolina Practice Certificate
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal and/or juvenile law
  • Ability to deal effectively with children, adolescents, and family members
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in serving racially and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Previous work or volunteer experience with public interest focus and/or working with children

All summer interns should be able to commit to 10 weeks, full-time participation. All internships are unpaid unless the applicant seeks external funding sources.


How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to  Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

In your cover letter, please address why you are applying for an internship with Council for Children’s Rights. Please discuss your interest in working with CFCR; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support CFCR’s commitment to diversity.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

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