2023 Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Policy Clerk Program - No longer accepting applications

The Position

William Lee “Bill” Grimm, Senior Director at the National Center for Youth Law, was a public impact attorney who worked for 43 years transforming and redeeming some of the most troubled child welfare systems in America. To honor him and his powerful legacy, in partnership with his family and friends, we have created the Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program. Read more about Bill here.  


NCYL seeks two (2) policy-focused students to support its Washington, DC and Oakland, CA offices during summer 2023. One policy clerk will support NCYL’s work related to Youth Justice. The other will support NCYL’s education equity work with the Education Civil Rights Alliance. Under the mentorship of supervising legal or policy staff, each summer clerk will work on projects impacting historically marginalized children and youth.  

This position is a remote opportunity. As summer 2023 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will have the ability to complete any portion of the program in person. 

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Essential Functions 

  • Research novel issues within youth law and policy 
  • Analyze and interpret data related to youth systems 
  • Develop, collect, and disseminate policy briefs and other resources to state and local stakeholders 
  • Support legislative policy and/or budget campaigns 
  • Participate in state and local coalitions and provide technical assistance to community partners 


  • Current graduate or undergraduate student 
  • Knowledge, understanding of, and commitment to NCYL’s mission 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Belief that systemic racism exists 
  • One year of experience with and/or exposure to at least one of the following: communities of color; low-income communities; child- or youth-centered activities 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and complete multiple projects  
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to commit 37.5 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks between June and August 2023 


NCYL will ensure summer clerks receive $6,000.00 to help with cost-of-living during the summer by supplementing funds clerks raise from their college, university, or other sources. Clerks are expected to secure all funding for which they are eligible. NCYL will not provide supplemental funding for students who are receiving academic credit for their work at NCYL. 

Note to colleges, universities, and law schools: NCYL will not provide supplemental funding to students who fail to receive the same summer public interest funding available to students volunteering, interning or clerking at institutions that do not provide any summer funding. 

How To Apply 

No longer accepting applications.

Applicants with lived experience within any of our practice areas, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.  

It is the policy of NCYL to provide equal employment opportunities to all Applicants (including Employees) regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, national origin, age, abilities/disabilities, neurotypicality, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, prior convictions, or any other protected classifications under federal, state, or local law.