Internships can provide valuable experience, help narrow down career paths and provide opportunities for future employment. Whether you are in your undergraduate career, in law school or have recently graduated, the opportunities are endless. Here are seven of the coolest internships opportunities around the country and across disciplines of interest.
To apply for these internships, you typically need to submit an online application form, as well as a resume and cover letter. For more detailed requirements and instructions, visit the websites that are linked below.
1. Office of the Attorney General
There are opportunities in the U.S. Attorney General’s Office in Washington, D.C. and in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in Columbus. These are open to either undergraduate or law school students who are interested in practicing law in the public sector.
PILI invites current law students to apply for their internship program in Chicago, Illinois. This can either be a full-time summer position or part-time during the school year. The kind of work you will be doing depends on which of the 25 agencies across Illinois that are associated with PILI you’ll be working with. All of the agencies address low-income and underrepresented people in the state. You may apply to up to ten different partner agencies, each of which require its own application.
While some EPA jobs and internships are available on USAJobs.gov, not all have to be. The EPA offers internships and fellowships for current law school students or recent graduates in Washington, D.C. and in their regional offices across the country. Regional opportunities are available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. Their website details each of these programs.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) offers a summer legal honors internship at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for first- and second-year law students who are U.S. citizens. This is a full-time unpaid internship that offers a wide range of assignments, mentoring and career development.
Law students, particularly second-years, who are interested in intelligence law should consider this full-time summer internship with the CIA in Washington, D.C. through the Office of General Counsel (OGC). Interns must commit to at least ten weeks during the summer and will get to experience a wide variety of legal issues, from litigation to arms control to intellectual property.
Several unpaid internships are available through the CDC for rising or current third-year law students at their Public Health Law Program in Atlanta, Georgia. The program is 9-14 weeks long and offers a variety of work for students interested in public health policy.
All branches of the U.S. military has a JAG (Judge Advocate General’s) Corp, but the Navy offers a specific legal internship which is a great stepping stone for law students hoping to become JAG officers after graduation. The Navy offers internships and externships throughout the U.S. and overseas that typically encompass 8-10 weeks of full-time work. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, under 42 years of age and have at least one semester of law school completed.
If you are interested in finding other internships in your local area, there are many websites that can help you search. The Ohio State Bar Association has a listing of Ohio firms and organizations looking for summer associates on our website that is tailor-made for law students, ohiolawstudents.com. The American Bar Association also has a JobSeeker board that regularly updates with current legal jobs and internships across the country. Internships.com is also an excellent resource to find legal internships in your local area.
If you are particularly interested in sports law and would like to intern with a major sports company, the White Bronco updates their website with legal internships across the country with companies like Rolls Royce, Converse and Nike.
If international law is your passion, the International Law Students Association compiled a list of agencies and organizations that offer legal internships specifically for you.
Whatever internship you decide to pursue, make the most of the experience. You never know what one internship could lead to in the future. Finding the ideal opportunity is the first step; for tips on how to write the perfect cover letter and nail your interview, check out other articles in the OSBA Career Center.