Public Interest Law Center

Special Summer Internship Programs

The PILC Summer Funding Program includes several special paid internships. Students interested in these fellowships must complete special program applications and must also complete program requirements for PILC Summer Funding, as payment will be administered through the Summer Funding Program.

  1. Center for Environmental and Land Use Law Fellowship
  2. International Law and Human Rights Summer Fellowship Program
  3. The Hague Conference on Private International Law Summer Fellowship
  4. Helaine Barnett Fellowship at the Legal Services Corporation
  5. Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship
  6. Sudler Family Fellowship

Center for Environmental and Land Use Law Fellowship Program

The Center for Environmental and Land Use Law selects up to ten first-year and second-year students for the Fellowship Program. It is designed to encourage and support students interested in public interest environmental law through summer internships, mentoring by the School’s environmental and land use faculty, and exposure to leading practitioners in the field.  The Program provides grants for summer internships to students working in environmental and land use law with environmental groups, government agencies, and other public interest law practice institutions in the United States or abroad. Recipients will be required to attend a specialized workshop by faculty before their summer internship and attend a series of workshops in the fall term after the internship.  Selections will be made by a faculty committee consisting of Professors Vicki Been, Richard Stewart, and Katrina Wyman. For more information, click here.

International Law and Human Rights Summer Fellowship Program

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, in cooperation with the Institute for International Law and Justice, selects a limited number of New York University law students interested in gaining academic and practical experience in international law and human rights to serve as fellows. Fellows complete a specialized training program in international law, undertake a summer internship, and complete a research paper growing out of the field placement. Field placements include the International Law Commission in Geneva, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and other locations, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands, the Legal Resources Center in Johannesburg, South Africa and many others. For more information, please click here.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law Summer Fellowship

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (in The Hague, the Netherlands) has for the past several years offered a summer internship to one or two students from NYU School of Law. The Hague Conference is an inter-governmental organization established by treaty “to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law.” Much of the work of the Hague Conference involves the preparation of international treaties, covering a range of subjects, such as service of process, the taking of evidence, choice of law, international adoption, international child abduction, and enforcement and recognition of judgments. Students are selected by NYU School of Law Professor Linda Silberman. For more information on The Hague Conference, please click here.

Helaine Barnett Fellowship at the Legal Services Corporation

The Helaine Barnett Summer Fellowship Program sends a first or second year law student at the New York University (NYU) School of Law to work at the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) at its office in Washington, DC.  The fellow will also spend two weeks with the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, a DC-based legal services organization that receives LSC funding. Applications are due on January 7. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to

Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship

The Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship will support 1L and 2L students interning with Ford Foundation grantee organizations in the U.S. and abroad during summer 2015.  Working closely with lawyers and advocates, students will be exposed to a variety of diverse practice settings and gain insight into such topics as reproductive rights; civil rights; gay, lesbian, and transgender rights; immigrants’ rights; prisoners’ and ex-offenders’ rights, voting rights; children’s rights; and other issues of social justice and equity.  It is anticipated that 10 summer fellowships will be awarded to NYU students.  In addition to receiving a stipend, it is anticipated that Fellows will participate in a fall symposium at the Ford Foundation’s headquarters in New York City.  Detailed information about the fellowship is available here.

Sudler Family Fellowship

The Sudler Family Fellowship will support approximately ten NYU Law 1L’s and 2L’s spending their summers at state and federal prosecutors anywhere in the United States.  This fellowship is available only to students who have already secured summer internships at federal or state prosecutor offices throughout the United States.  Sudler Family Fellows will receive $8,000 instead of a regular PILC grant, and will participate in a special training program in late March, which will include meeting the donor.  The selection committee will be a panel of former and/or current prosecutors who are connected to NYU School of Law.  To apply, please send a resume and personal statement (or 1-2 pages double-spaced) on why you want to be a prosecutor (including identifying the office at which you will be spending your summer), to, with the subject line “Sudler Family Fellowship,” by Friday, February 20.  It is optional to append an additional one-paragraph statement on how you will enhance the diversity of the profession.  The Sudler Family Fellows will be notified of their acceptance and of training details by Friday, March 13.