Interns & Fellows


CHLP is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2022 internships. Check back for opportunities this fall. 

CHLP provides substantive internships to law students with strong skills in legal analysis and writing. Although internships are unpaid, CHLP will support interns’ efforts to secure funding and/or course credit. Interns typically work 10-12 hours each week for 10 weeks, but this can be adjusted based on funding or credit requirements. 

As a national leader in HIV policy development, CHLP provides interns with the opportunity to work on the following projects:

  • The Positive Justice Project is a national coalition coordinated by CHLP and organized to end criminal laws targeting people living with HIV and other infectious diseases. We engage in federal and state policy advocacy; resource creation; support of local advocates and attorneys working on HIV criminal cases; and educating, organizing and mobilizing communities and policymakers in the United States.
  • Sexual Health Youth Advocacy Coalition (SHYAC) advocates for written policies guaranteeing LGBT-inclusive/affirming sexual healthcare and sexual health literacy programming in juvenile detention, foster care, and other state-operated youth facilities.
  • CHLP’s signature National Policy Resource Center is a free online database of legal memoranda, research, reports, legal guides, court and agency decisions, pleadings and briefs, policy analyses and recommendations, and other materials on topics of importance to people living with HIV and their advocates. 

Assignments will likely include legal research in support of advocacy for individuals in civil commitment or on sex offender registries, research to assist attorneys advising state coalitions, first drafts of content for CHLP publications, and analyses for the HIV Policy Resource Bank. Other projects will be assigned as they arise.

Job Requirements: The applicant must be a law student with excellent analytical skills and the ability to engage in thoughtful and thorough research independently. The applicant must be a skilled writer with the ability to describe and analyze research findings clearly and concisely, and the ability to identify and consider additional issues raised by these findings. Experience in human rights — particularly the rights of LGBT people, women, people of color, and/or youth — is preferred, but not required. Demonstrated interest in social justice strongly preferred. Rising 3Ls/4Ls are encouraged to apply. Rising 2Ls with strong qualifications will also be considered.

TO APPLY: Please send the following to with the subject heading "Internship Application":

  • Cover letter (please specify why you are interested in interning with CHLP and whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position);
  • Resume; and
  • Writing sample demonstrating research and analytical skills.

Spots are filled on a rolling basis with preference to early applicants.



The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) welcomes the opportunity to partner with a current law student, judicial clerk, or other eligible individual to develop a public interest fellowship such as an Equal Justice Works, Soros Justice, Skadden, or Liman Fellowship. A fellowship with CHLP affords an aspiring and gifted individual the opportunity to join our mission to reduce the impact of HIV on the most marginalized communities, support and increase the advocacy power and HIV expertise of attorneys, community members and service providers, and advance policy initiatives that are grounded in and uphold social justice, science and the public health.

If you are interested in developing a fellowship proposal with CHLP, send a brief statement outlining your proposed project along with a resume, transcript, writing sample, and contact information for three references to, with the subject line "Fellowship Proposal." Please indicate the fellowship for which you are seeking sponsorship as well as its application deadline in your email. To learn more about postgraduate fellowships, visit


Past Interns & Fellows

Summer 2022 
Thomas Barranca, New York Law School 
Mika D'Angelo, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Spring 2022 
Jaylen Thomas, Southern University Law Center

Summer 2021 
Krysta Colon, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University 
Phil Ross, University of Michigan Law School 

Fall 2020 
Nadya Kronis, Georgetown University Law Center

Summer 2020 
Katie Doman, Fordham University School of Law 
Crystal Harris, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Summer 2019 
Esther Lee, Vanderbilt Law School

Summer 2018 
Denise Go, Duke University School of Law

Summer 2017 
Emily Hosseini, Marquette University Law School

Summer 2016 
Mackenzie Brennan, St. John's University School of Law 
Aleaha Jones, Duke University School of Law

Fall 2015 
Sara Nassof, New York Law School 
Samantha Weiss, Brooklyn Law School

Summer 2014 
Dwayne K. Wright, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law 
Juan Luis Rodriguez, Georgetown University School of Law

Spring 2014 
Matt Mikaelian, Adelphi University School of Social Work

Fall 2013 
Shoshana Golden, American University Washington College of Law

Summer 2013 
Jocelyn Greer, Columbia Law School 
Meagan McElroy, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Fall 2012 
Gavin Myer, Northeastern University School of Law

Summer 2012 
Darcy Kues, University of Washington School of Law 
Christos Tsentas, Northeastern University School of Law

Summer 2011 
Nicky Barnett, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 
Edward Xia, Columbia Law School

Spring 2011 
Kimberly Shindel, Fordham Law School

Fall 2010 
Lydia Devine, Fordham Law School

Summer 2010 
Joanna Cuevas Ingram, University of California, Davis, School of Law 
Daniel Faria, Columbia Law School

Spring 2010 
Peter Beauchamp, New York Law School

Fall 2009 
Genevieve Cohoon, Fordham Law School 
Bryan Hedlin, Fordham Law School

Summer 2009 
Cynthia Fernandez, New York University School of Law 
Lauren R.S. Mendonsa, University of San Diego School of Law 
Stephanie Staal, Brooklyn Law School

Spring 2009 
Marissa Bontempo, Brooklyn Law School

Summer 2008 
Katherine Chung, New York University School of Law 
Dana Delger, Columbia Law School

Fall 2007 
Monica Asher, Brooklyn Law School

Summer 2007 
Alex Espinoza, Fordham Law School

Spring 2007 
Chris Kibler, Brooklyn Law School

Fall 2006 
Claire Ruckert, Brooklyn Law School 
Breanne Breimeister, New York University

Summer 2006 
Kate Chaltain, Fordham Law School 
Mark Guest, St. Louis University School of Law

Spring 2006 
Elliot Turner, Brooklyn Law School