Investigations and Enforcement Internship

The Boston Fair Housing Commission investigates complaints of housing discrimination. Trained investigators analyze information gathered from interviews and records to determine whether there is "probable cause" (sufficient evidence) to believe that housing discrimination occurred.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Director of Investigations, the Legal Intern is responsible for:

  • Processing and tracking of inquiries, intakes and complaints related to housing discrimination.

  • Assisting in ongoing housing discrimination investigations by reviewing documents, and interviewing parties to a complaint

  • Drafting complaints, Requests for Information, and Determinations

  • Maintaining various Fair Housing Commission case databases

  • Responding to constituent requests

  • Performing related research and duties as required

What You Will Learn:

  • The process of investigations and enforcement including observation of Commissioner conducted hearings

  • How to complete an intake, draft complaints and final Determination

  • What is Fair housing

  • Advanced interview skills

To Apply

Above are available positions with our partnering agencies. There are currently no positions at City Hall in the Office of Fair Housing.

  • Boston residency is preferred but non-City residents will be considered for all intern positions.

  • LGBT and Students of color are encouraged to apply. The Office of Fair Housing and Equity is an equal opportunity employer.

General Requirements
  • Applicants must be pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited University or College.

  • A committment to work a minimum of 16 hours a week, two days per week.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Creativity and flexibility.

  • Proficiency and/or expertise in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Organizational skills with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.

Special Requirements:
  • Second year or higher law student

  • Excellent writing and research skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Bilingual candidates preferred, but not required

Submission Requirements

To be considered for a position, please submit a:

  • Cover Letter, including:

    • The placement title you are applying for;

    • What skills and or knowledge you hope to gain from a placement opportunity;

    • Hours per week and start and end dates you are committing to; and the

  • Résumé

  • Writing Sample

Incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will student-generated transcripts. Applicants must be receiving credit as part of a school curriculum.

How to Submit:

Submit Application Requirements To:

Janine Anzalota
City of Boston, Office of Fair Housing and Equity
City Hall, Room 966
Boston, MA 02201
No phone inquiries please.