The mission of Bread for the City is to help Washington, DC residents living with low income to develop the power to determine the future of their own communities. We provide food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social
services to reduce the burden of poverty. We seek justice through community organizing and public advocacy. We work to uproot racism, a major cause of poverty. We are committed to treating our clients with dignity and respect.
The Bread for the City staff makes a difference in DC!
Our two food pantries enjoyed 77,804 visits from 24,890 people in 2018!
3,200 people made more than 9,000 visits to our medical clinic in the past year!
About 32,000 people are impacted by Bread for the City's services each year!
Thank you for your interest in working for Bread for the City!
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Bread for the City Legal Clinic seeks law students entering their last year or recent law graduates to sponsor as an Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other fellowship candidate for the fall 2020 application process (fellowship to begin in fall 2021).
Fellowship Job Description
Bread for the City is seeking a fellowship applicant to expand its provision of legal services in one of two areas: (1) public benefits; or (2) immigration services for domestic violence, family violence, and sexual violence survivors. Bread for the City Legal Clinic’s Public Benefits Team focuses on assisting clients who have encountered problems with their DC Department of Human Services (DHS) benefits, including food stamps/SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and DC Healthcare Alliance. Many of our cases are resolved through informal communication with DHS, but some cases may proceed to a fair hearing before the DC Office of Administrative Hearings. We have recently expanded our practice to help people retain their Medicaid or Elderly and Persons With Disability (EPD) Waiver home health aide hours, bringing challenges against the DC Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) at the Office of Administrative Hearings. A public benefits fellowship candidate should be positioned to expand Bread’s capacity to do outreach and education around public benefits issues, reaching potential clients in the community in order to best serve our client population.
The Immigration Team of Bread’s Legal Clinic represents domestic and sexual violence survivors, as well as those experiencing family violence, in seeking immigration remedies including VAWA self-petitions, T/U visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions, and waiver applications on the basis of battery and extreme cruelty (on behalf of conditional lawful permanent residents). In order to boost our capacity to serve immigrant survivors, Bread for the City is looking to develop an immigration-specific outreach and legal representation project focused on establishing a stronger relationship between Bread’s Legal Clinic and faith-based communities throughout Washington, D.C. An immigration fellowship candidate should also be interested in immigration-related policy advocacy.
We invite law students beginning their last year, recent law school graduates, and those with judicial clerkships to propose an innovative fellowship project for submission to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Open Society Foundation, Immigrant Justice Corps, and/or similar programs that outlines a strategy to address either the immigration law or public benefits needs of D.C. residents.
Bread interviews fellowship applicants to evaluate if your interests, background, and proposal are a match to our program’s needs. If selected, Bread will work very closely with you to design the final project proposal to match your interests with the needs of our clinic and the target community with the requirements of the funder.
Selection criteria that will be considered in evaluating candidates for sponsorship include:
– Demonstrated commitment to working for low-income and underserved populations;
– Experience working as a member of a team and/or on larger coalitions;
– Excellence in oral, written, and legal research skills;
– Knowledge of or strong interest in the subject-matter of the proposed fellowship;
– Anticipated or current District of Columbia Bar membership or anticipated or current membership to the Bar of another state or territory of the Unites States eligible for admission to the D.C. Bar without examination;
– Spanish, Amharic, or other foreign language fluency preferred.
Salary will be based on fellowship award amount.
Please submit via email only: 1) a resume; 2) a brief one-to-two page project proposal that identifies how you would address the legal and organizing goals listed above and explains why you are qualified to carry out the proposed project; 3) an unofficial transcript; and 4) the names and contact information for two legal references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the email subject line: “2020 Legal Fellowship Proposal.”
For consideration for fellowships that begin in 2020, applications will be accepted until Friday, May 29, 2020.
Candidates may email any questions about the fellowship application process to Erin Scheick, at email@example.com.
Bread for the City is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental disability, medical condition, status as a veteran, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.
If you are a law student, recent law school graduate, or attorney barred in DC or able to practice under rule 49(c), please contact Tracy Davis at tdavis[at]breadforthecity.org to learn more about current internships and volunteer opportunities in the Legal Clinic.
Bread for the City does not offer internships in our medical division. We have ongoing relationships with area schools for health care students looking for sites to do clinical rotations, but we do not accept applications from individuals. Thank you for your interest in learning with us!
Number of Openings: Two to Four
Term: Late July to Late August (minimum)
Location: Northwest Center and Southeast Center
This internship frequently helps selected individuals to improve upon the following transferrable skills:
• Meeting deadlines
• Following instructions
• Accepting responsibility
• Working as a team player
• Problem solving
• Effectively managing time
• Using a computer to enter data
• Working independently
• Engaging the general public
• Working patiently and pleasantly with others
• Providing instruction to others
• Providing customer service
• Communicating verbally to individuals and groups
• Ensuring the safety of others
• Motivating others
• Working with hands
• Performing outreach activities
Potential Southeast interns should also review the attached “Clothing Room Guide.”
For immediate consideration, please submit your résumé and cover letter here.
Bread for the City reviews internship applications year-round for its various programs, but limited opportunities are available. Information for our Legal, Social Services, and Medical departments is here. For best consideration for other programs (Advocacy, Behavioral Health, Clothing, Communications, Data/IT, Development, Finance, Racial Equity, Sustainable Agriculture, or Volunteer Engagement), please submit your materials before the deadlines below to sspringfield[at]breadforthecity.org:
• September to December (Apply by July 15.)
• January to May (Apply by November 15.)
• June to August (Apply by April 15.)
Cover letters should demonstrate general knowledge of Bread for the City’s programs and include each intern’s area of preference for a professional growth experience.