The American Psychiatric Association is nonprofit organization of more than 38,000 psychiatrist members working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
The American Psychiatric Association’s Office of General Counsel is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented, self-motivated Legal Intern who is passionate about mental health and the law. The Intern will learn to conduct legal and factual research on issues related to the practice of psychiatry; will support member education on a variety of topics related to mental health and the law; and will assist in providing organizational and administrative support to a very busy office that handles diverse issues and works closely with other organizations, members, and all other departments.
This internship is paid and includes a flexible time commitment of at least 5 and no more than 10 hours per week. We are seeking an intern who is graduating from an undergraduate university in the spring of 2024 and who has interest in living in the DC area upon graduating. This internship has the potential to result in employment upon the intern’s graduation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Legal Intern will have responsibilities including, but not limited to:
Conducting independent factual and legal research on issues relating to mental health and the practice of psychiatry
Assisting with contract management and request for proposal processes
Assisting in the amicus brief request process
Developing member guidance on issues relating to mental health and the practice of psychiatry
Assisting with staff liaison duties for APA components, including the Ethics Committee, Council on Psychiatry and Law, and Committee on Judicial Action
Assisting with monitoring the budget of the Office of General Counsel
Participating in weekly check-ins with colleagues from the Office of General Counsel
Providing schedule management, travel, and other administrative assistance to Office of General Counsel as needed
Providing assistance to other departments within APA as needed
Must be at least 18 years old and a senior at an undergraduate university
Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing and proofreading skills
Ability to multitask and produce high-quality work efficiently
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others
American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the world's largest psychiatric organization, with over 38,500 U.S. and international member physicians and 240 employees. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. APA has excellent benefits, including medical, dental, 401k, flexible spending accounts, and tuition assistance. The APA is located in Washington, D.C. within walking distance of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop.