Charitable Allies aims to provide a meaningful, hands-on learning experience for our interns each year. If you’re looking to work in the nonprofit sector, an internship at Charitable Allies can be a unique learning experience, allowing you to learn the ins and outs of small and mid-sized nonprofits across the country. Each intern has 1-2 dedicated attorney(s) or staff member(s) who provide guidance, answer questions, and challenge interns to grow professionally during their time with us. We’re an organization with a huge work ethic that not only invests strongly in our people and their professional growth, but that also still takes time out to have fun on occasion. Slackers need not apply! 😉
Check out what our interns have said about working with Charitable Allies:
IF YOU ARE DEDICATED TO LEARNING AND BEING A PART OF THE FIRM AND ACHIEVING THE ORGANIZATIONAL GOAL THAT EVERYONE SHARES, IT’S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BEST WORK EXPERIENCES YOU CAN GET.
MY INTERNSHIP AT CHARITABLE ALLIES WAS A HUGE LEARNING EXPERIENCE. I WAS DOING MY JD AND MY MASTERS IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT. IT HELPED PUT EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE
I HAD A LOT OF INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM TO EXPLORE THINGS THAT WERE INTERESTING TO ME. I GOT TO DO A DEEP DIVE INTO ONE OF THE CASES. YOU CAN’T BUY THAT KIND OF EXPERTISE. BEING ABLE TO LEARN HANDS-ON IS VALUABLE. YOUR WORK FEELS MEANINGFUL.
Kylie Schreiber Wolf
Internships at Charitable Allies comply with the ABA Standards for field placements and all DOL rules relating to internships. We’re also happy to complete appropriate steps to help students get academic credit.
See our open internship positions below:
Corporate, tax and general legal work for nonprofits. This is an exceptional opportunity to work as a paid legal intern and possibly get credit.
About the Organization
Charitable Allies is a legal aid law firm for nonprofit organizations. We assist nonprofits across the country to get started and operate well. We also regularly litigate on their behalf. We’re organized and operated as a “low bono” 501(c)(3) legal aid law firm for nonprofits, which basically means we’re a law firm for small businesses that happen to be nonprofits!
We’re an organization with a huge work ethic that not only invests strongly in our people and their professional growth, but that also still takes time out to have fun on occasion. Slackers need not apply! 😉
This is an internship for rising 2L or 3L students who are interested in pursuing a career upon graduation in the vibrant and diverse nonprofit sector. This is a paid position; it pays $20-$22 per hour.
Charitable Allies will, as appropriate, facilitate students in pursuing academic credit for internships. Students pursuing internship credit must work the required hours for each credit. The duration of an internship is generally a single semester with the opportunity to continue with the organization thereafter, based on performance.
We accomplish our mission by providing: (1) excellent, experienced nonprofit legal services to charities and charitable programs at greatly reduced rates; and (2) legal educational training in partnership with myriad other charities for boards of directors, officers and staff, related to governance, leadership, and charitable and philanthropic programming best practices. Internships at Charitable Allies comply with the ABA Standards for field placements.
Your role is to assist Charitable Allies with general legal intern work, but with a unique focus on work that supports nonprofits generally. This means that you will gain significant exposure to two very different worlds (legal and nonprofit/advocacy) during your internship. Nonprofits are quite different and diverse in their cultures compared to the more institutional legal community. We recommend you use your internship with Charitable Allies to build a foundational understanding of both worlds and start to identify where you think you fit between them.
During your time with Charitable Allies, you will gain experience in:
Traditional Legal Intern Work
- Researching rules, regulations, and case law
- Performing factual research pertaining to cases or filings
- Drafting legal documents
- Updating internal legal resources and forms
Nonprofit Legal Services
- Assisting in forming new entities
- Guiding organizations through mergers
- Programming partnerships
- HR-related services
Learning How Nonprofits Really Function
- Analyze gaps between rules in Bylaws and actual operations
- Understand how to speak/interact with different types of nonprofits
- Learn what nonprofits are permitted to do and how this compares with stereotypes in the sector
General Counsel Work
- Attend annual weeklong advocacy staff training
- Participate in special constitutional litigation case strategies and briefwriting
- Learn and advise about lobbying and political issue advocacy for a national advocacy organization
- Help with HR compliance, insurance policy review, contract negotiation, major donor gift instrument preparation and review, intellectual property protection coordination, and more!
- Legal research in regards to state filing requirements, federal filing requirements, and donor integrity
- Prepare basic legal and tax filings (appearances, motions for enlargement, 1023-EZs etc.) for review, approval and filing
- Prepare corporate legal documents (articles of incorporation or organization, amendments, bylaws, operating agreements, etc.)
- Prepare initial drafts of complex legal motions, memos and briefs based on substance, arguments and research provided by attorney
- Assist with traditional administrative needs of lawyers and nonprofits
- Proactively ensure legal team is prepared with necessary materials for meetings and depositions
- Prepare highly confidential documents and correspondence
- Demonstrate good judgment and professionalism and exhibit flexibility and versatility to provide support
- Demonstrate strong reasoning and resolution skills
- Perform special projects as required to increase the professional effectiveness and efficiency of the legal team
- Other projects and tasks as assigned
- (Rising) 2L or 3L student
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and GSuite; able to become proficient in law practice management software
- Strategic thinking and analytical skills, including attention to detail
- Self-motivated, self-disciplined, well organized and dependable
- Able to multi-task, plan, and prioritize assignments and activities
- Indianapolis, Indiana. Specifically, Charitable Allies is located next to the Pyramids on the northwest side of Indianapolis, at 9100 Purdue Road, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
- Plan to work from this office at least 4 days per week throughout the summer.
- Katie Buckner, Litigation Team Co-Lead
- Robert Miller, Transaction Team Co-Lead
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, a list of references and two writing samples to Katie Buckner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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