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 in addition to completing program requirements for PILC Summer Funding, since payment will be administered through the Summer Funding Program.

  1. Center for Environmental, Energy, 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, Energy and Land Use Law Fellowship Program

The Center for Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law selects up to ten first- and second-year students for its fellowship program. It is designed to encourage and support students interested in public interest environmental law through summer internships, mentoring from the Law 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 held by faculty before their summer internships 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 ’83, Richard Stewart, and Katrina Wyman. For more information, visit the Center for Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law.

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 group of NYU 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 that grows out of the field placement. Field placements include the International Law Commission in Geneva, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and other locations, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Legal Resources Center in Johannesburg, and many others. Visit the CHRGJ site for more information.

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 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 Professor Linda Silberman. Read more about The Hague Conference. Internship application details available here.

Helaine Barnett Fellowship at the Legal Services Corporation

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

Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship

The Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship supports 1L and 2L students interning with Ford Foundation grantee organizations in the US 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 Law 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. Read detailed information about the fellowship here.

Sudler Family Fellowship

The Sudler Family Fellowship will support approximately ten NYU Law 1Ls and 2Ls spending their summers at federal and local prosecutors anywhere in the United States. This fellowship is available only to those students who have already secured summer internships at federal or local prosecutor offices. 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 the Law School. To apply, please send a résumé and personal statement (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 Monday, March 2 at 5pm. 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.