Legal Intern

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Intern

Company Description

It takes customer obsession to pioneer and focus on what matters most, to tackle challenges, break through boundaries to create change, to stay on the cutting edge, and pioneer relentlessly. We are looking for the next generation of talent to drive the business, grow our people, and put the customer before all else.

Our culture empowers journeys of personal discovery, giving you the freedom to participate in impactful projects and explore the intersections of our businesses: technology, data science, DNA science, product, design, marketing, legal, and more. We’re looking for innovative minds, diverse ideas, and for students interested in connecting personal discoveries and technology. Our interns enjoy mentorship and experience challenging work while receiving fantastic pay and having a fun captivating experience. Note: housing stipend / temporary housing is not provided for Legal Interns.   

Job Description

Ancestry seeks up to two highly motivated, internet-savvy law students to join the Legal Team. The Legal Team handles all types of legal issues for Ancestry, including corporate governance, compliance, product development, privacy, contracts, employment, and commercial matters. The Ancestry summer legal internship will allow you to learn what it’s like to work in an in-house legal department at a growing technology company. You will work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network and learn from our team of fantastic lawyers.

What You’ll Do:

  • Support and learn from our legal team on a variety of legal matters, including supporting Ancestry’s content acquisition, marketing, and product development teams
  • Review and summarize legal contracts for various legal department projects.
  • Assist legal team in researching, drafting, and editing templates for legal agreements
  • Work with legal team members and business owners on intake, review, approval, and execution of contracts.


Who You Are:

  • Currently a 1L or 2L pursuing a J.D. degree at an ABA accredited U.S. law school. Must also return to school after the internship to continue education.
  • Excellent academic credentials
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels both written and verbally
  • Desire to learn about what’s it like to work as part of an in-house legal department
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Outgoing, credible, confident, proactive

Additional Information

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than three million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites with an extensive collection of over 10 billion digitized historical records and has sold over 14 million AncestryDNA kits to date. Since 1996, users have created over 100 million family trees and 11 billion ancestor profiles on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Holdings LLC.

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law.   The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law.  If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting. 

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.