An internationally recognized nonprofit and public interest law organization, Bet Tzedek (“House of Justice” in Hebrew) provides advice, counseling and representation at trials, administrative hearings, and appeals for low-income and disabled clients. The organization specializes in elder law, housing, real estate fraud, consumer rights, workers rights and other services for Holocaust survivors. Bet Tzedek also offers educational programs to clients and other service providers.
College students intern as “pre-screening” specialists, helping to assess whether to schedule a client for an appointment or to refer him or her to another agency. Law students conduct client interviews, attend weekly case review meetings and carry a supervised case load. Other positions are available in accounting and marketing. Accounting volunteers work with accounts payable and receivable documentation, prepare accounting journal entries, bank reconciliations and Excel spreadsheets. Marketing interns assist in writing the e-newsletter, direct mail pieces and perform special project research. Development interns may also participate in phone solicitations, donor recognition, in-person fundraising with young donors and event planning.
Both current college students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) and law students are eligible for the internship. Bet Tzedek offers a special Hebrew Union College social justice internship with the development department. High school students are eligible for volunteer work. Legal interns and accounting volunteers should have proven Excel and computer skills. Marketing interns should have strong English writing skills, demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to communicate clearly with a diverse staff and the public.
Laura Bosserman, Volunteer Coordinator
Bet Tzedek Legal Service
Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Academic Level: High School Students, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students
Los Angeles, CA