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Summer Funding Sources & Paid Internship Programs

The following programs are either sources of unrestricted funding for summer internships previously secured or programs that will fund students at program host sites for summer work.  Some programs have specific issue areas (indicated) and/or geographic restrictions.  The table is sorted by typical deadline, with the fall deadlines first followed by the spring deadlines.

Program/Organization

Typical Deadline*

Funding

Location(s)

Issue Area(s)

Google Policy Fellowship

Varies by host organization

$7,500

National/International

Internet & Technology Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Law Student Union Summer – AFL-CIO

2Ls: October


$600/week; transportation and housing provided

Nationwide

Labor

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Legal Defense Fund Summer ClerkshipsOctober
$6,000
Portland, OR; Cotati, CAAnimal Rights






Social Justice Summer Internships – New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

October

Up to $5,500

New York, NY

Health Justice, Environmental Justice, Disability Justice

 

 

 

 

 

Goldmark Equal Justice Internship Program – Legal Foundation of Washington

October

$8,000

Seattle or Spokane, WA

Workers’ Rights

 

 

 

 

 

Beveridge & Diamond Law Clerk and ACOEL Law Clerk – Environmental Law Institute

October

$5,000

Washington, DC

Environment

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Paid Summer Fellowships – Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (Yale Law School)

November

$6,720

New Haven, CT

Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

Spitzer Summer Internship Program – NHELP

November

$10,000

Washington, DC; Carrboro, NC; or Los Angeles, CA

Health

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program – Legal Services of New Jersey

Rolling after November

2014 rates:

Rising 3Ls: $750/week

Rising 2Ls: $550/week

New Jersey

Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

Law Fellows Program – NAACP

Deadlines to be posted in Dec.

$6,000

Baltimore, MD

Civil Rights

 

 

 

 

 

Holley Law Fellowship – National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

December

Stipend

Washington, DC

LGBT Rights

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate School Fellowship – Education Pioneers

December

$7,000

20 locations nationwide

Education Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Minority Fellowship in Environmental Law – New York State Bar Association

December

$6,000

New York State

Environment

 

 

 

 

 

Law Student Internship Program – Public Interest Law Initiative

Rolling

$5,500

Illinois

Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

Law Student Union Summer – AFL-CIO1Ls: January
$600/week; transportation and housing providedNationwide
Labor






Diversity Clerkship – ABA Section of Business Law

January

$6,000

Dover, DE; Wilmington, DE; Chicago, IL; Upper Marlboro, MD; Pittsburgh, PA; Santa Ana, CA; Columbia, SC; Greensboro, NC; Las Vegas, NV

Judicial

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program—Alaska Conservation Foundation

December

$5,040

Anchorage, AK

Environment

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Browning Fellowship Program—Peggy Browning Fund

January

$5,000

Placements nationwide

Labor

 

 

 

 

 

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship – American Bar Association

January

$6,000

Nationwide

Government

 

 

 

 

 

Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice – National Lawyers Guild

January

$2,000

National & International

Varies

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. M.L. “Hank” Henry Jr. Fund for Judicial Fellowships – LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

January

$4,500

Various

Judicial

Program/Organization Typical Deadline* Funding Location(s) Issue Area(s)

Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship Program – Public Advocates

January

$3,000

San Francisco, CA

Racial Justice, Poverty

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program—American Society of International Law

January

$2,000

International

International Law

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program – Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

January

 

Pennsylvania

Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

McCleary Law Fellows Program – Human Rights Campaign

2Ls – January

1Ls - February

 

Washington, DC

Various Public Interest

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Judicial Intern Opportunity Program – American Bar Association

January

$2,000

Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Illinois: Philadelphia, PA; Texas; Seattle, WA

Judicial

Graduate Student Summer Associate Programs – Rand Corporation

January

$13,500

Arlington, VA; Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA

Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups – U.S. Department of Transportation

January

$5,000

Washington, DC

Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program

February

$4,000 maximum

Nationwide

Immigrants’ Rights

 

 

 

 

 

Sher Kung Summer Fellowship – QLaw

February

$7,500

Nonprofit organization selected by QLaw

HIV/AIDS, LGBT Rights, Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

Miriam Maccoby Netter Fellowship

February

$5,000

Nationwide

Intellectual Property

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Leaders Summer Fellowship

February

$2,500

Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Indianapolis, IN; Washington, DC; Oakland, CA

Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Fund Internship Program – International Monetary Fund

February

Not stated (but is paid)

Washington, DC

Economic Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal Internship Program – Peter G. Peterson Foundation

February

$500/week

Washington, DC

Policy

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Summer Law Fellowships – The Williams Institute

February

$5,000

Various

Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity Law/Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Napolitano Summer Internship – Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

March

Not stated (but is paid)

Boston, MA

Civil Rights, Employment

 

 

 

 

 

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship – AIDS United

Rolling

Living stipend (amount not stated)

Washington, DC

Policy, HIV/AIDS

 

 

 

 

 

Policy & Representation Internship – National Public Radio

March

$11.50/hour; max. $4,140

Washington, DC; Culver City, CA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA

Policy

 

 

 

 

 

John C. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship – American Bar Association

March

$2,500

Nationwide

Homelessness, Poverty

 

 

 

 

 

Public Interest Grant – Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

March

$5,000

Los Angeles, CA

Making government/social services agencies more responsive to individuals whose needs are not being met

 

 

 

 

 

Law Student Fellowships – Equal Justice America

March

$4,000 maximum

Nationwide

Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Intern Fellowship Program – Massachusetts Bar Foundation

March

$6,000

Massachusetts

Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

Internship Program – Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

February

$13.50/hour

Washington, DC

Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Public Interest Fellowship—South Asian Bar Association of New York

March

$4,000 maximum

NYC area

General public interest IF of South Asian descent; otherwise, public interest work that serves South Asian community OR unpaid legal internship in South Asia

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Education Leadership Initiative—Southern Education Foundation

March

$5,000

Varies (all in the U.S. South)

Education

 

 

 

 

 

Community Service Scholarships—Asian American Law Fund

March

$5,000

New York

Projects with nonprofits serving NY’s Asian-American community

Program/Organization Typical Deadline* Funding Location(s) Issue Area(s)

Koch Summer Fellow Program – Charles Koch Institute

March

$4,800

Washington, DC

Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate Fellows – Property and Environment Research Center

April

$2,250/month plus travel expenses

Bozeman, MT

Policy, Property Rights, Environment

 

 

 

 

 

Paid Internships – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

March

$10/hour

Santa Barbara, CA

Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Internships – The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

March

$500/month

Washington, DC

Policy, Nuclear Non-Proliferation

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Internship on Social Insurance

March

$3,500

Washington, DC

Policy, Social Insurance (e.g., Social Security, Medicare)

 

 

 

 

 

Benach-Collopy Asylum Summer Fellowship

April

$5,000

Washington, DC

Immigration, LGBTQ

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Bradley Summer Fellowship – Legal Aid Association of California

April

$3,000

California

Legal Services, Rural

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties – The Nation Institute

April

Not stated

 

Civil Rights, Civil Liberties

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Richter Fellowships – Pride Law Fund

April

$2,500

Nationwide

Direct Legal Services to Individuals with HIV/AIDS

 

 

 

 

 

Public Interest Scholarship – Ms. JD

April

$500

Various

Public Interest, including Judicial

 

 

 

 

 

AmeriCorps JD – Equal Justice Works

April (priority)

$1,222 education voucher

Nationwide

Legal Services, with primary focus on veterans and disaster relief

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund – Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation

April

$5,000 maximum

Nationwide

Government, Communications

 

 

 

 

 

NASABA Public Interest Fellowship – South Asian Bar Association of North America

April

$3,000 maximum

Nationwide

Legal Services; Priority given to internships that focus on needs of South Asian community

 

 

 

 

 

Student Internship Program – International Association of Chiefs of Police

April

$12/hour

Alexandria, VA

Law Enforcement, Policy

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Fellowships – Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund

May

Varies

Washington, DC or Nationwide

Various Public Interest

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Equality Fellowships – LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia

May

$1,000

Washington, DC

LGBT Rights

 

 

 

 

 

James B. McMillan Legal Fellowships – Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center

March

$3,000

North Carolina

Legal Services, Government, Various

 

 

 

 

 

New Tax Lawyer Committee Public Interest Stipend – Oregon State Bar

January

$4,800

Oregon

Various

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Tell ERISA Litigation Scholarship

February

$5,000

Washington, DC (at U.S. Department of Labor OR Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation)

ERISA, Employment

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship – New York Bar Foundation

February

$6,000

New York State (at nonprofit/charitable organization selected by NY Bar Foundation)

General Counsel matters

 

 

 

 

 

Public Interest Fellowship Program—South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC

April

$5,000

Washington, DC

Work for the benefit of the South Asian community and the DC area

 

 

 

 

 

Blask Fellowship—Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas Chapter

April

$2,000

Southern District of TX

Certain federal courts or agencies






PILI Law Student Internship Program
Various
$2,500
Illinois
Legal Services, Various

*Note: Deadlines may change year-to-year so you must check the official website to confirm deadlines.

Category: Funding Sources

Tags: Funding & Debt, Summer Funding Resources