Health Law Advocates
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • 15
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal

The Opportunity

Health Law Advocates (HLA) is seeking to hire a summer intern to help shape and support our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at the individual, organizational, and systems levels. The intern will work with a DEI Committee charged with developing and implementing short- and long-term goals aimed at identifying and dismantling instances of inequity while continually monitoring the effectiveness of our work.

HLA is a dynamic non-profit, public interest law firm which has as its mission to provide pro bono legal services to Massachusetts residents in low-income situations who are having difficulty accessing or paying for health care. Founded in 1996, HLA provides individual representation and advice for more than 1,000 clients annually. HLA also engages in system-wide litigation, public policy advocacy and educational programming to advance its goals. Learn more about us at https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this DEI summer internship position will be remote.

Responsibilities

The DEI Intern will engage in the following work:

  • Collaborate with the DEI chair, steering team, and HLA board to shape and support the work of HLA's DEI Committee;
  • Attend and participate in DEI Committee and subcommittee meetings;
  • Help shape and support the subcommittees (Training & Capacity Building, Organizational Development, and Outreach, Community Partnerships & Policy) to design, implement, and evaluate projects and initiatives, which may include:
    • Completing an environmental scan of HLA's written and digital materials to identify gaps in the materials and for opportunities to increase inclusivity and accessibility in existing materials;
    • Researching and compiling a list of community-based organizations that HLA may consider partnering with;
    • Exploring innovative models and best practices to improve outreach to communities and people who have experienced structural inequity;
    • Performing outreach, community engagement, and organizing efforts with HLA's partner organizations and/or clients; and
    • Completing research as required to support the DEI Committee in compiling culturally inclusive training materials for pro bono attorneys and clinic law students;
  • Support the work of other HLA staff, including the Manager of External Engagement, as appropriate; and
  • Report regularly to the DEI Committee chair and steering team.

Qualifications

The DEI Intern will have the following skills and experience:

  • An established track record of committing to advancing a socially just and equitable society (i.e. through coursework, employment, and/or volunteer work);
  • Commitment to understanding and dismantling instances and systems of racism, sexism, ablism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression and bias that lead to structural inequity, as well as a commitment to understanding intersectionality
  • Ability to think creatively; and
  • Community organizing experience is preferred, but not required.

Additionally, all HLA employees and interns are expected to have the following skills:

  • Work both independently and as an effective team member
  • Collaborate with and support staff at all levels of our organization
  • Communicate clearly and professionally
  • Demonstrate empathy and sensitivity while working directly with clients encountering crises
  • Maintain confidentiality and, for attorneys, strict adherence to all professional responsibility requirements for the practice of law
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and openness, with the desire and ability to listen and learn
  • Understand and believe in the mission of the organization
  • Embody the values of the organization, including a commitment to decreasing inequity in our health care system and society as a whole

Compensation

The intern will serve at HLA for a period of 10 weeks over the summer of 2023 for 20-30 hours/week and receive compensation in the amount of $3,000 - $4,500. We anticipate a start date for all interns on Monday, May 22.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted online at https://hlainc.efficientapply.com/jobs/ where you will upload a resume.

In place of a cover letter, please provide answers to the following three questions.

  1. What does DEI mean to you?
  2. How does HLA's DEI mission resonate with you?
  3. Community members may sometimes face barriers to accessing resources or services that nonprofit organizations intend to provide. What is one simple adjustment that organizations such as HLA could widely implement that would help improve access to resources or services?

You may do this in written form or through a voice recording.

  • Written: After you have uploaded your resume, continue through the online process and there will be spaces to answer the questions.
  • Recording: Email your recording to deiinternship@hla-inc.org. Be sure to include your first and last name in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

HLA is committed to diversity in its workforce. A crucial part of HLA's vision is supporting cultural and linguistic competence, as well as ensuring diversity of staff and volunteers, so clients can be best served. People of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, women, and people who speak English as a second language are encouraged to apply.

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