Employment, Fellowships, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.

Part-time Paralegal – Bridgeport Office

The Center’s Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP), has an opening for a part-time (15 hours per-week) paralegal in our Bridgeport office. The paralegal will assist legal staff with screening and assignment of cases to pro-bono attorneys, among other related tasks. 

The mission of the ICJP is to reduce the gap in legal representation of immigrant children and improve access to the systems that provide services to them through a variety of advocacy methods, including litigation.  More information about the ICJP can be found here


  • Maintain case files in our Legal Files case management system
  • Conduct screenings and intakes of potential clients
  • Provide information and referrals, as appropriate, and follow up with clients after services are provided
  • Work in collaboration with the ICJP attorney to assign cases to attorneys on a pro-bono roster
  • Provide administrative support to the ICJP attorney such as requesting client records, drafting letters, organizing files, preparing for trainings and clinics
  • Work on special projects as needed


We are seeking a candidate who has demonstrated commitment to providing quality advocacy and support to children in addition to traditional administrative tasks. 
Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and resolve complex problems
  • Two or more years of related experience
  • Knowledge of child advocacy issues a plus
  • Speaking, reading and writing fluency in Spanish is required

Salary and Benefits
are commensurate with experience and are within the general range of salaries for public interest organizations. 

To Apply, email cover letter and detailed resume to: Patricia Marealle at pmarealle@cca-ct.org.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Post Graduate Fellowships

Center for Children’s Advocacy is interested in being the sponsoring organization for a post graduate fellowship such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works and Liman. The Center seeks 3L or law school graduates to apply for one or two years of fellowship funding to work with any of the following CCA projects: 

Racial Justice Project (based in Bridgeport).  The Racial Justice Project protects the civil rights of youth of color who are subjected to policies and practices that result in racial disparities in educational outcomes and juvenile justice involvement.  The Project represents youth of color who are subjected to harsh school discipline, illegal school pushout and unconstitutional targeting by law enforcement.  In addition, through administrative advocacy, litigation, legislative advocacy and collaborative work with communities and agencies, the Project identifies and reforms policies and practices that lead to racial inequities in educational services, school discipline and treatment by the juvenile justice system. The Racial Justice Project is seeking to expand and enhance its direct advocacy work in Waterbury, CT which has the highest number of school based arrests and the highest suspension/expulsion rate of public school districts in the state. Contact Sam Rivera, CCA Racial Justice Project.

Immigrant Children’s Justice Project / Medical-Legal Partnership Project (based in Bridgeport and/or New Haven).  The Immigrant Children’s Justice Project advocates for immigrant children to protect them from exploitation and deportation and help them access educational services. ICJP represents immigrant children on immigration and education-related matters, works with private attorneys to increase pro bono representation of undocumented children, advocates for education reforms to ensure schools meet the needs of immigrant youth and advocates for systemic reforms that increase protections for abused undocumented youth in state care.  The Medical-Legal Partnership Project works in collaboration with medical settings across CT to improve children’s health through direct representation, education and training, and systemic advocacy.  We are seeking a fellow to begin a Medical-Legal Partnership with a Federally Qualified Health Center to represent immigrant youth on education, benefits, housing and immigration matters. Contact Alice Rosenthal, CCA Medical-Legal Partnership.     

Homeless Youth Project (based in Hartford).  The Homeless Youth Project serves youth who are homeless and unaccompanied (without parents or guardians). Some groups of youth are disproportionately represented among homeless youth; many of those served are LGBT youth, youth with mental illnesses, victims of sex trafficking and youth who have spent time in child welfare or juvenile justice placements.  The Project brings legal services directly to homeless youth through the Project’s unique Mobile Legal Office, a professional office inside a customized van.  To address systemic failures to meet the needs of homeless youth, the Project chairs the Homeless Youth Workgroup of Opening Doors-CT, working with state agencies and community-based providers to develop and implement statewide systemic reforms that will provide an integrated response to the needs of homeless youth.  We are seeking a fellow to expand the project and represent youth on education, benefits, abuse/neglect and other matters. Contact Stacey Violante Cote, CCA Teen Legal Advocacy.

We are seeking fellowship candidates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest. Knowledge of children’s issues or education systems is a plus but is not required. The position requires individual client representation, excellent legal research and writing skills, and the ability and interest to address public policy issues.

To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the project attorney listed above. 



Internship Opportunities

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.


Legal Internships

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) is seeking four law school interns for its summer program.  Legal interns will work closely with CCA attorneys on individual cases, research projects and systemic advocacy.  They will work on issues related to improving outcomes for children in the child welfare, education, health care, and juvenile justice systems.  Interns will be given the opportunity to gain exposure to the work all of the Center’s attorneys do, including attending court, professional meetings, negotiations, trainings and other professional opportunities with them.  Background in these areas, either through experience and/or course work, is preferred but not required.  Individuals with a history of/commitment to public interest work and/or social justice are encouraged to apply. 

CCA has offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, CT.  One legal intern will work specifically with our Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP); one legal intern will work in our Bridgeport office; and two legal interns will work in our Hartford office. Candidates interested in either MLPP or our Bridgeport office should indicate this in their cover letter.

Applicants must have superior research and writing skills and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applications must include a cover letter and resume.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than March 15. 

Please email applications to Kathryn Meyer or mail to:

Summer Intern Position
Kathryn Meyer, Esq.
Center for Children’s Advocacy
211 State Street, 4th Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.



Legal Intern – Medical Legal Partnership
Fall, Spring

The Center’s Medical Legal Partnership is a collaborative project that provides on-site legal assistance, education, training, and policy advocacy to central Connecticut pediatric centers. We offer internships to one or two energetic and dedicated law students for the fall and spring semesters and each summer.

Applicants must have excellent writing and legal reasoning skills, and should be familiar with basic aspects of poverty and public interest law.

Interns must have access to a car, and will be expected to participate in client interviews, negotiations, litigation and legal research activities. In addition, students will participate in and assist attorneys on matters at the MLPP sites at Saint Francis Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Charter Oak Community Health Center, Community Health Services, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

More information about the Medical Legal Partnership Project is available here.

Application Deadlines
For fall must be received by June 1.
For spring must be received by November 1.
For summer must be received by March 15.

Please send cover letter and resume to broswig@cca-ct.org 



Marketing and Development Intern

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is seeking a volunteer marketing, communications and development intern to assist marketing and development staff.

Responsibilities include website updates; donor data management; planning and execution of  fundraising events; updates to social networking sites; assistance with press releases and media contacts; publication updates.

Please email cover letter and resume to: sstein@cca-ct.org



Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers!
Please email sstein@cca-ct.org if you can help us with events, mailings, office support, donor research, or more!


Volunteer Interpreter – Spanish/English

Support attorneys who provide legal services to Spanish-speaking clients. This unpaid position may be filled by a college or graduate student and requires a commitment of at least one day per week.  The Center for Children’s Advocacy will assist volunteers with work-study applications, service learning or clinical credit that is available from their schools. 

Volunteer will provide interpretation during client intake calls, meetings, and telephone follow-up. May assist with document translation and other administrative tasks, will learn basic interviewing skills and become familiar with immigration law, education and juvenile law. 


  • Fluent in Spanish
  • College or graduate student
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, self-starter and highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Your application should include a resume, cover letter and two references. 
To apply, please email Bonnie Berk


Filing and organizing, data management, development research 

Special Events
Planning, logistics, day of event

Community Outreach
Spread the word about the Center’s important work

Translators and Interpreters
Accompany attorneys on client interviews, translate documents and forms

Holiday Gift Committee
Organize wrapping and gift delivery, coordinate gift donation requests

Contact legislators and community on behalf of the Center

Please email sstein@cca-ct.org if you would like to help. Thank you!

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