Public Interest Law Center

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.

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 Monday, January 11, 2016. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references to helainebarnett@aol.com.

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 pilc.info@nyu.edu with the subject line “Sudler Family Fellowship” by Friday, February 19, 2016. 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 11.

Guarini Center Summer Internships in Public Interest Environmental and Land Use Law

The Guarini Center Summer Internships in Public Interest Environmental and Land Use Law, available to up to ten first and second year NYU Law students, is designed to provide students with public interest environmental law experience through summer internships, mentoring by the School’s environmental and land use law faculty, and exposure to leading practitioners in the field. The Program provides grants in the amount of $7,000 for 2Ls and $5,000 for 1Ls, for summer internships with environmental groups, government agencies, and other public interest law practice institutions in the United States or abroad.  To apply, please submit a resume, unofficial transcript, and statement of interest in public interest environmental and land use practice including information about placements secured or contemplated to Professor assistant to Prof. Katrina Wyman's assistant, Cory Conley at cory.conley@nyu.edu.  Applications are due February 10, 2016.  More information about the fellowships is available at http://guarinicenter.org/about/fellowships-and-internships/.