Summer Undergraduate Internship

Job Type:
Job Short Description:

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates dedicated to advancing and enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental health concerns through direct legal advocacy, legislative advocacy, community education and organizing, and impact litigation. We are seeking volunteer undergraduate student interns during the Summer 2019 semester to work between 24 – 40 hours per week. In addition to providing general administrative support to the project, students will have the opportunity to support the work of attorneys, social workers, and advocates. 

Job Summary & Qualifications:

What Legal Services Do We Provide?

  • Social Security Disability Advocacy: Assist clients in applications for federal disability benefits. Represent clients on appeal before the Social Security Administration and in federal court for issues of wrongful benefit denials, suspensions, reductions, terminations, and overpayment claims.
  • Discharge Planning: Provide advocacy for mental health consumers about requirements for discharge planning from hospitals.
  • Medicaid Advocacy: Provide information, assistance, and advocacy on Medicaid managed care issues for people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
  • Criminal Justice Advocacy: Engage in legislative advocacy, coalition-building, community education, and impact litigation to combat the criminalization of mental health concerns and the inhumane treatment of people with mental health needs in prison and jails.
Internships are unpaid. We will assist students who have located other sources of funding with any paperwork the funder needs to provide payment to the student.
How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in mental health advocacy to Lucy Freeman at Please indicate your availability for hours in your email. The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including veterans, women, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons with diverse sexual identities/gender expression, and people with lived experience of mental health and/or incarceration.

Project Description:

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits, and engage in community education and outreach with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.

UJC Description:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.