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SUMMER 2017 INTERNSHIP POSITIONS ARE NOW FILLED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. PLEASE CONSIDER APPLYING IN 2018.

“Interning with the Farmworker Division opened my eyes to the injustices many United States farm workers face. The greatest lesson I learned was that public interest law is not only about arguing law and winning cases. It is also about standing up with real people to help them exercise their rights.”

The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services Program seeks law students to join our advocacy on behalf of farmworkers. Farmworkers frequently experience significant wage violations, discrimination, wrongful termination, and other violation of their employment rights. We litigate cases aggressively, impacting practices that affect both foreign and domestic farmworkers in Georgia. See, e.g., Tomason v. Stanley, 297 F.R.D. 541 (S.D. Ga. 2014); Hernandez v. Hendrix Produce, Inc., 297 F.R.D. 538 (S.D. Ga. 2014); Ojeda-Sanchez v. Bland Farms, 600 F.Supp.2d 1373 (S.D. Ga. Mar. 4, 2009).

For more information about our program visit: https://georgiafarmworkerrights.wordpress.com

Student Intern Responsibilities:

Summer is our busiest time, as the height of the Georgia harvest season occurs from May through July. Our Summer Interns will develop their client communication and fact-finding skills by visiting farmworker communities around the state, providing workers with information about their rights, and collecting information about the working and housing conditions around the state. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to investigate the facts of developing cases, draft affidavits, letters and other legal documents, and participate in the discovery process. Previous interns have attended trials and depositions, and worked on cases involving racial and national origin discrimination, serious violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Agricultural Worker Protection Act, among other issues affecting farmworkers.

Internship Requirements:

Ability to work and communicate well with a diverse group of people
Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
Spanish-language skills
Strong writing skills
Commitment to social justice

Internship period is mid-May to the end of July

To Apply for a Summer 2018 Internship: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to jobs@gafr.org

Compensation: Weekly stipend of $450 (for 1L’s & 2L’s) or $500 (for 3L’s)

Read about Ashley Smith’s experience as an intern in summer 2010 on the NYU Law Blog.

See the updated case docket

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