“Working at the Sikh Coalition was an incredibly eye-opening experience. Not only was I able to utilize my legal education in fighting the rights of minorities in the workplace and in the U.S. Army, I had the great privilege of working alongside some of the country’s most dedicated advocates. Never in my life will I forget the lessons learned during my time at the Sikh Coalition.”
— Aman Singh, Summer Legal Intern
Interested in becoming a legal intern or fellow?
The Sikh Coalition’s Legal Fellowship Program allows law students and law school graduates to gain hands-on experience in promoting the civil and human rights of all individuals. Throughout the years, legal fellows have worked to further the mission and vision of the Sikh Coalition by helping to achieve legal victories, as well as educating and empowering the community and contributing to the growth of the organization.
All positions are in the Sikh Coalition’s New York City office (located in the Financial District and easily accessible by public transportation). See descriptions below.
Sikh Coalition Legal Fellowship Opportunity
The Sikh Coalition’s Legal Program seeks a Legal Fellow (preferably a law school graduate) to serve full-time or part-time for 2017 at our New York City office (located in the Financial District and easily accessible by public transportation). For more information, please click here.
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Dr. Puran Singh Bajwa Legal Fellowship (Summer 2017)
All Sikh Coalition summer legal interns are funded by the Dr. Puran Singh Bajwa Legal Internship Fund.
Accepted Dr. Puran Singh Bajwa Summer Interns are requested to work a minimum of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks during the summer. Summer interns will receive a $1,000 stipend.
Legal interns will receive hands on experience:
- Conducting legal research;
- Writing research memoranda;
- Drafting letters, complaints and legal briefs;
- Interviewing clients or witnesses;
- Assisting with litigation and casework;
- Gaining exposure to federal & state anti-discrimination and religious rights laws, e.g., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the First Amendment and federal and state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.
- Passion for social justice and civil rights;
- Bright, intellectually curious, hardworking, and self-motivated;
- Compassion for clients;
- Excellent legal research (Westlaw), writing, and analytical skills;
- Team player, i.e., is able to work effectively with legal and non-legal staff across all program areas;
- Punjabi language skills are a plus.
Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Dr. Bajwa Legal Fellowship” as the subject line.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to apply by March 31st, 2017 for positions.
About the Dr. Puran Singh Bajwa Legal Fellowship
The Dr. Puran Singh Bajwa Legal Fellowship Fund supports Sikh Coalition summer legal fellows. The Fund was created by the family and friends of Dr. Bajwa to commemorate his life and dedication to the Sikh community and Sikh causes.
As an Air Marshal in the Indian Army, Dr. Bajwa was noted throughout his career for his dignity and his proud practice of the Sikh faith, serving as an inspiration to many generations of military personnel who followed him. In his retirement, the advanced study and practice of Sikhism and teaching it to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was Dr. Bajwa’s chief pursuit in life. As a physician, highly decorated military officer, and community leader, Dr. Bajwa literally touched and made a lasting impact on tens of thousands of lives.
The Sikh Coalition is proud to have the support of Dr. Bajwa’s family and friends as a means od commemorating his legacy and contributions to the Sikh community.
“Thank you once again to the family of Dr. Bajwa. In helping make possible my experience this summer, you have honored his memory, established a meaningful opportunity for future lawyers, and bestowed a wonderful gift on the Sikh community.”
— Sally Hartman, Inaugural Dr. Puran Singh Bajwa Legal Fellow