Southern Poverty Law Center Internships

How to Apply

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is a national nonprofit that dedicates itself to combating intolerance, discrimination, and unfairness using litigation and education.

The three main projects that the Center is involved in include:

  • The Intelligence Project
  • Teaching Tolerance
  • Legal

Southern Poverty Law Center Objectives

The SPLC works to promote immigration justice through litigation aimed at stopping workplace injustice and abuses of basic human rights that many immigrants are currently not being protected against. In addition, the Southern Poverty Law Center also works to protect the rights of our LGBT population, particularly the discrimination that currently still exists in our school systems.

The Southern Poverty Law Center works to fight against hate and bigotry in hopes of creating justice for vulnerable members of our society who may need protection.

The Southern Poverty Law Center seeks to create equal justice and opportunity for those individuals requiring support by using techniques such as litigation, education, and advocacy. The SPLC also fights against racial and social injustice and works to reduce discrimination by providing support to less fortunate individuals in our society.


To accomplish its goals, the Southern Poverty Law Center utilizes three strategies:

  1. Working to get rid of radical extremists and tracking the activities of hate groups and domestic terrorists across the country
  2. Advocating for victims of bigotry and discrimination using the court system and by working to win reforms
  3. Assisting educators in teaching children to embrace diversity, reduce hate, and respect individual difference by providing them with the resources to accomplish these goals


The Southern Poverty Law Center offers several blogs to get its message across. First, there is the Hatewatch blog that discusses some of the discrimination that exists on an ongoing basis, and then there is the Teaching Tolerance blog that focuses more on creating equal opportunity and respect for differences among individuals and in our public school systems.

The Summer Legal Project Internships

Summer legal internships exist with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Miami, Florida; Montgomery, Alabama; and Atlanta, Georgia. The legal internships are geared for exceptional second-year law students with strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. Summer interns have the opportunity to assist attorneys, community, and youth advocates by engaging in actual legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

The start of each internship is somewhat flexible but usually begins sometime in June and continues for approximately 10 weeks.


Interns are paid $700 per week for doing an internship with the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Summer internships are available with the Mississippi Youth Justice Project (based in Jackson, MS), Youth Initiative (based in Miami), and the Immigrant Justice Project ​(based in the SPLC's Atlanta office). Applicants for the Immigrant Justice Project must be proficient in Spanish.

To Apply

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages), and the names and phone numbers of two references to Due to the high volume of applicants, the Center is unable to respond to inquiries by phone.

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities available with the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, Georgia, California, and Florida. The SPLC seeks diverse candidates who possess the character and personal attributes that will help the Center achieve its goals and challenging objectives.

There are full-time and part-time positions often available as well as legal internships for second-year law students and two-year fellowships. The Southern Poverty Law Center does not offer formal internship programs for undergraduate students.