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Below are current openings with Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California or our 501(c)(3) sister-arm, California Planned Parenthood Education Fund, or other Planned Parenthood local organizations in California:

Legal Intern Fall 2016

Organization: Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California/California Planned Parenthood Education Fund
Sacramento, CA
Department: Legal

Organization Background

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) is a 501(c)(4) organization. California Planned Parenthood Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization. PPAC leads the state-wide public policy and advocacy work on behalf of the seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates in California. These affiliates run 114 health centers and handle more than 1.5 million patient visits annually.

PPAC follows state and federal legislation in a number of public policy arenas and promotes education, counseling and clinical services in the fields of reproductive health care and family planning. We handle administrative, legislative and regulatory actions, including statewide and local initiatives. PPAC also engages in political activity as allowed by law and provides legal and regulatory assistance to affiliates regarding the provision of healthcare services. We coordinate a number of cross-affiliate projects and regularly convene meetings and trainings for the California affiliates on a host of issues.

PPAC’s mission is to create a personally and politically safe climate in which individuals have universal and unfettered access to sexual and reproductive health service and are free to follow their own beliefs, values, and moral code when making decisions about these services.

PPAC’s vision and leadership has spurred lawmakers to enact legislation that makes California the number one state in the funding of family planning and other reproductive health care services. PPAC played a key role in augmenting state funding for family planning and has played a leading role in the fight against anti-choice legislation for 30 years.


Law students are expected to have strong legal research and writing skills and an interest in healthcare, social justice issues, and reproductive rights. Responsibilities include:

  • In-depth legal and legislative research, analysis and drafting;
  • Presentations to affiliate staff on healthcare related issues;
  • Monitoring and responding to legislative, regulatory, and other litigation and policy developments, including legislative hearings, administrative rulemaking, relevant litigation, and other events; and
  • Development and drafting of policy and advocacy materials, including bill analyses, fact sheets, and talking points, for use in lobbying activities and outreach.


  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including internet research
  • Demonstrated commitment to reproductive rights and social justice
  • Interest in healthcare and public interest law

Position Type

Internship. Approximately 15-20 hours per week for fall semester (flexible according to your schedule and school calendar). This position is based in Sacramento, CA. Fall legal interns will be required to work in our office 1 day/week and have the option to work remotely the rest of the week. We will also consider covering travel expenses.


Our internships are unpaid. We are happy to work with institutions to secure academic credit when available.

How to Apply

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
Attn: Legal Department
555 Capitol Mall #510
Sacramento, CA 95814 

E-mail submissions are preferred.

Note: Applicants must indicate "Legal Intern, Fall 2016, [last name]" as the subject of emailed applications. Cover letter, resume, three references with contact information, transcript, and a short unedited writing sample (5-10 pages) should be sent as attachments. Please note in your cover letter where you initially saw the intern position listed.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

Closing Date: Rolling basis

Visit the Planned Parenthood Job Opportunities page to see job opportunities at Planned Parenthood organizations in California and around the United States.

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