White & Case Social Entrepreneurship Internships
The Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship supports up to two student internships each summer for NYU law students that have just completed their 1L year.
The White & Case Social Entrepreneurship Internship program was launched in the summer of 2021.
These White & Case Social Entrepreneurship Internships are an opportunity for students who have completed their 1L year at NYU Law to gain valuable experience in the fields of social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Interns will be placed during the summer with either a social enterprise or impact investing organization and will work under the supervision of the organization’s in-house counsel. The internships will conform to PILC's guidelines on compensation and time commitment.
In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the stipend for this position is $5,500. The rate is based on an expected duration of 2 months of employment.
The application period for internships taking place during the summer of 2023 has closed. Application information for the summer of 2024 will be posted in December 2023.
The White & Case Social Entrepreneurship Internships are made possible thanks to the generous support of the White & Case Social Entrepreneurship Fund.
Meet our internship alumni:
Kiley Burns, JD '25
"My Calvert Impact internship was incredible. Working with the general counsel's office, I gained vital experience by joining meetings and getting a holistic view of different teams. Managing pro bono law firms was also enlightening, and I even participated in a live financing deal. I'm focused on corporate law, especially M&A and impact investing. This summer, I'll be at Latham and Watkins, exploring ESG, emerging companies, and M&A."
Joshua Orange, JD'25
"Working with Global Communities this summer, I completed assignments covering a range of practice areas including international development finance, data privacy, and corporate governance. Besides being exciting, the dynamic breadth of my duties gave me invaluable practical exposure, refining my general transactional interests into specific, empirically-derived, articulable aspects — an indispensable boon during EIW. The team and mentorship were life-changing and I remain amazed with how much agency and guidance my supervisor provided to my work; my contributions made a tangible difference. Through this internship, I wrote Data Privacy Guidelines, a Private Placement Memorandum, and an organizationally-critical memorandum compelling resolution of a landlord-tenant dispute. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better opportunity for starting my legal career, affirming my interests, and learning about impact investing."
Sammy Burton, JD '24
"I had a wonderful experience working at MCE Social Capital, an impact investing nonprofit that lends to microfinance institutions and small and growing businesses in developing countries. Since MCE only had one lawyer, I was given a great deal of substantive work and one-on-one supervision and guidance by MCE’s general counsel. The internship solidified my interest in transactional work and opened my eyes to an innovative way to spur growth in underserved economies. I was encouraged to join all of MCE's most important Zoom meetings, which provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the organization as a whole. I am so grateful for this program and am confident no other internship would have provided me with a better learning experience!"
Dan Venetucci, JD '24
"Spending my summer with Calvert Impact Capital was a great introduction to impact investing and the role that in-house lawyers play in transactional work. I was given substantive research and drafting projects, and I was also able to observe the negotiation process with Calvert's borrowers. I could tailor my work towards my interest in sustainable development while also being exposed to many different impact sectors. The entire Calvert team was very supportive of me and my development throughout the summer, and it was a fantastic experience to be able to sharpen my skills and grow around such a mission-driven group of people."
Ari Semel, JD '23
"My experience this past summer as a White & Case intern was excellent. I was fortunate to have been placed with Global Communities, a non-profit, where I was able to both make an impact and have hands-on learning experiences. Everyone who I worked with cared about my success and helping me grow as a capable and caring lawyer."
Eli Wallach, JD '23
“At Calvert Impact Capital, I was able to learn about the role of transactional attorneys in the impact investing space as well as in debt transactions in general. Getting to work on deals as well as shadow in-house counsel provided an excellent opportunity for me to pick up skills that I aim to continue to develop in law school and beyond. One of the greatest parts of being a White & Case intern at Calvert Impact Capital was getting to work with and learn from different teams within the firm. This broadened my perspective on the legal work I was assisting with and gave me insight into larger themes in economic development, both domestically and internationally.”