Public Benefits and General Services Intern
Business Unit DescriptionFounded in 1975, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of vulnerable Washington, DC seniors, 60 and older, providing free legal and social work services to those in need - empowering, defending and protecting. Summary StatementLCE staff help 6,000+ clients each year in many areas of civil law. Attorneys represent seniors facing foreclosures, evictions, and consumer fraud. LCE handles Medicaid and Social Security cases, provides benefits checkups to assure that seniors and Veterans are receiving the benefits they are due, prepares Wills and Powers of Attorney, and educates elders in ways to avoid Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Clients come to LCE directly through the LCE Legal Hotline, they are referred by partner organizations and the courts, and LCE attorneys, plus its more than 800 volunteers, are regularly in the community meeting elders at senior centers and faith-based organizations. LCE also accommodates homebound seniors by providing legal services in their homes. LCE houses the office of the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates on behalf of seniors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and those receiving home health care. LCE has a strong relationship with a number of pro bono law firms that assist staff with approximately 600 cases a year. LCE staff testify and make recommendations regarding laws before the DC Council that affect seniors, and have been instrumental in bettering conditions for DC seniors through assistance with local legislation. More than 40 years after its founding, LCE continues to develop innovative, cost-effective ways to deliver legal services, serving as a model for organizations around the country. LCE is incorporated as a 501(c) (3) and is an affiliate of AARP.ResponsibilitiesThe Public Benefits and General Services (PBGS) Unit attorneys work on a variety of cases, ranging from Social Security retirement, disability, overpayments and hearings, Medicare, and Medicaid, (including cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings), VA benefit claims for Pension and VA debt relief, utility scams, tax debt, and language access issues affecting access to these benefits and other resources. The unit is also in charge of Latino Outreach for the office through a grant from the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs. Because of the high volume of cases, interns and externs have the opportunity to assist attorneys with direct client work to expand our capacity. Interns and externs work closely with attorneys and are responsible for client interviews, research, drafting letters, memos and pleadings, investigation, hearing preparation, and third party communication with government agencies, social workers and physicians. There are also opportunities to go to court and participate in community outreach. RequirementsInterns must be currently enrolled in a degreed program at an accredited college or university; maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0; and be considered second or third year law studentsAARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers. This may include those who have previously graduated college and are now enrolled in a continuing education program. Spanish-language skills are preferred but not required.To Apply for this Opportunity Click APPLY to complete the online application and submit a current resume in response to this posting; Attach a copy of your transcript detailing the number of accumulated credits and your current GPA (a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required); Be prepared to submit two letters of recommendation; which can be from a college or university professor or a manager who is familiar with your work (please note that we cannot complete the hiring process without these references) Be prepared to submit writing samples, if required for the positionInstructions for Uploading Your Documents Attach your resume as part of the online application Click the SUBMIT button at the end of the application Select VIEW SUBMITTED APPLICATION Select the MY ACTIVITIES Select "Add Attachment" under the section labeled COVER LETTERS & ATTACHMENTS Select the Attachment Type and list the Attachment Title Select Upload your document Select Save If uploading multiple documents, repeat steps 5-8Benefits OfferedInternships are non-exempt positions and are not eligible for employee benefits.Equal Employment OpportunityAARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.