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Employment & Internship Opportunities

Full Time Social Worker

JOB TITLE: Staff Social Worker                 JOB LOCATION: Twin Cities Metro Area

TYPE: Full Time                                            DEADLINE: Open until filled


Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC) seeks a social worker to be part of its multidisciplinary team to represent children in foster care. The social worker works with staff and volunteer lawyers to represent children in court. The social worker’s role in the representation includes meeting with the child clients and volunteer lawyers; gathering and reviewing new client files and forwarding them to lawyers; outlining placement, education, health and other issues and concerns for the lawyer’s attention. The social worker is responsible for ensuring client summaries and interim file reviews are performed and relevant issues flagged for the lawyers; responding to lawyers’ requests for information, assistance or advice on the issues noted above; working with lawyers on social work matters for their clients; and responding to telephone requests for assistance or information. In addition, the social worker will assist with CLC training and education programs, stay abreast of community programs and services relevant to foster children, and help CLC proactively address trends in child protection and social work issues.  Some evening hours required.


  • BSW required, MSW preferred.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated experience working directly with children and adults in Minnesota’s child protection and public adoption system.
  • Demonstrated experience with permanency planning for foster children, including a solid understanding of the multiple paths to permanency available under Minnesota law, as well as best practices and trends in permanency planning nationally.
  • Demonstrated experience assessing the range of out-of-home placement options available for Minnesota children, and experience in effective individual placement and treatment planning.
  • Knowledge and experience with family finding, kinship searches, file mining, child specific recruitment, child engagement, and other strategies for achieving permanency for foster children.
  • Knowledge of and experience with child welfare issues under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Comfortable with, and effective at, communicating with a diverse population of children, primarily ages 8-20, that have experienced disruption and trauma.
  • Effective at team-building with all players in the child welfare system, including foster parents, county social workers, guardians ad litem, parents and kin, therapists, educators, and others.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, researching and assessing options for foster children in the areas of placements, education, and medical and mental health care.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with all types of professionals.
  • Good organizational skills.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and references to: Lilia Panteleeva, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to info@clcmn.org.


Undergrad Development Internship

Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 Internship

Description: CLC will be accepts applications from law students, graduate students, and undergraduate students to fill several unpaid intern positions for ten to twenty hours a week. Intern tasks will primarily focus on assisting with marketing/social media, fundraising, and other necessary projects for CLC’s 2019 Benefit, which will take place in early October. After the month of October, tasks will also include administrative projects and social media development. Reduced hours can be negotiated for the months of October, November, and December.

Qualifications: – Ability to assist with special events – Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – Strong problem solving skills – Willingness to be a team player – Strong written and verbal communication skills – Social media proficiency.

Interns are needed immediately so please send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. As applications are reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Law Student Internships

 Full-Time Summer 2019, and Part-Time Fall 2019 internship positions available.

CLC has many internship and volunteer opportunities available for students throughout the year. Internship/volunteer positions are unpaid. Summer internships and summer law clerk positions may be paid through work-study or fellowships if funding is available. Internships for class credit, or volunteer hours for class credit can be arranged if needed. CLC also accepts Student Law Clerks through the Minnesota Justice Foundation Volunteer Program. If you are a law student in Minnesota interested in volunteering at CLC during the school year, please visit the MJF Website to learn about available opportunities.

  • SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: CLC accepts between 1-5 law students, graduate and undergraduate students for 10-12 week internships in the summer. Summer internships require a commitment of 30-40 hours per week. Applications for these positions are due March 1st of each year. CLC also will help selected intern candidates apply for fellowships and other funding such as P.I.C. or P.I.L.F. funding. Interviews for Summer candidates will take place every year in March and April.
  • FALL & SPRING SEMESTER INTERNSHIPS: CLC typically accepts between 1-5 students (law, undergraduate or graduate students), during both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Typically students volunteer for a minimum of 8-15 hours a week for a semester. Interviews for school semester positions usually take place in August and December each year.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letterresume, and two writing samples to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Paralegal Internships/Externships

Paralegals, or paralegal students who need to complete an internship or externship as part of their degree are also encouraged to apply for internships or volunteer hours at CLC. For a full internship description please click here. To apply, please follow application instructions and deadlines as outlined under Student Internships.