The Niskanen Center Legal Internship Program is dedicated to preparing incoming 2L and 3L law students for careers in non-profit and public interest litigation, primarily centered on property rights issues created by the abuse of eminent domain by oil and gas pipeline companies. 

On any given day, our interns could communicate with clients, conduct legal research, draft memorandum about administrative or statutory law, conduct factual research over upcoming pipeline cases, brainstorm new opportunities to protect our clients against eminent domain abuse, draft Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and help prepare for litigation and arguments before federal courts.  

The 2021 Summer Semester Internship program will be conducted remotely. Interns will need to provide their own computers. 

All Niskanen Center legal interns receive a $700 monthly stipend. 

How to Apply

Our Summer Semester 2020 is flexible, but generally: May 17, 2021 to August 27, 2021 – Submit application by February 26, 2021; you will be notified by March 12, 2021. 

Application Submission

Send the following (and any questions) in one PDF and one email to

  • Resume
  • One writing sample (do not exceed 3,000 words)
  • Cover letter

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Equal Employment Opportunity

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at the Niskanen Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Niskanen Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics protected by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.