Public Interest Law Center

Summer & Term-time Internships

There are a number of NYU-exclusive paid summer and term-time opportunities.  Students interested in the summer 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.

Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship

The Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship within the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network supports one rising 2L or 3L student spending their summer focused on promoting or improving women’s rights. The Gillette Fellowship was established in honor of the late Abby Lyn Gillette, former assistant dean of academic affairs at NYU School of Law from 2000 to 2008, by her husband, Professor Clayton Gillette, and their son Alex, in honor of her commitment to advancing women’s leadership in the legal profession. The recipient will receive $15,000 in lieu of a regular PILC grant.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning on Monday, March 8, 2021, and must be submitted by Sunday, March 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.  To apply, interested rising 2L and 3L students are asked to submit the following materials to womensleadership@nyu.edu with the subject line “Abby Lyn Gillette Fellowship”: 1) resume, 2) unofficial transcript, and 3) short personal statement (of no more than 500 words) identifying the ways in which their work will improve or promote women’s rights, and the firm or organization where they will be working over summer 2021. The recipient will be notified in early April.

Alan Klinger Civil Rights Fellowship at ADL

The Alan Klinger Civil Rights Fellowship is a paid term-time internship that will allow the fellow to work with ADL’s VP of Civil Rights, National Civil Rights Counsel and other members of the Civil Rights team on various projects related to ADL’s mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all. These projects may include, but would not be limited to, legal research, amicus briefs, legislative testimony, social media posts, op-eds and blogs, and coalition-building.  The issues on which the Fellow would work include antisemitism, hate crimes, domestic extremism, cyberhate, voting rights, immigration, church-state separation, LGBTQ rights, and criminal justice reform.  Fellows will come away with greater familiarity with relevant civil rights laws as well as insight into how ADL develops and advances its civil rights agenda.

The Fellowship is being offered to students in the fall and/or spring terms of their second or third year of law school who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing civil rights and social justice work consistent with ADL’s mission.  Fellows will be offered a stipend to work 10-15 hours a week during the school year, with the exact amount dependent upon number of weeks and hours worked.

Applications for the spring term will be considered on a rolling basis through January 7, 2022. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Steven M. Freeman, SFreeman@adl.org, with “Application for Alan Klinger Fellowship” in the subject line.

Elizabeth Frankel Immigrant Rights Fellowships

The Elizabeth Frankel Immigrant Rights Fellowship provides funding for students pursuing a summer internship in immigrant services. The Fellowship was established in honor of the late Elizabeth Frankel ’05, Associate Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, by her family and friends, in recognition of her having dedicated her legal career to protecting the rights of immigrant children. The Frankel Fellowship will support two NYU Law students (one rising 2L and one rising 3L) spending their summers engaged in immigrant rights work anywhere in the United States. NYU Law students with a special connection to the issue and a passion for working with immigrant children are encouraged to apply. Rising 2L Fellows will receive $10,000 instead of a regular PILC grant, and rising 3L Fellows will receive $12,500 instead of a regular PILC grant. Fellows will also have the option of writing a scholarly or advocacy piece of their choosing under the supervision of Professor Alina Das, Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic.

To apply, please submit a resume and short personal statement (up to 500 words) identifying a) where you will be working this summer, b) why you are choosing to pursue work in immigrant rights, and c) how this fellowship will enable you to accept an otherwise unpaid public service legal summer internship. Application materials are due by April 23, 2021, should be sent to pilc.info@nyu.edu with the subject line “Elizabeth Frankel Fellowship.” Selected Fellows will be notified in early May.

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

The Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy & Land Use Law is pleased to offer a summer internship program to select students pursuing summer internships in environmental, energy or land use law. This program offers $500 to eligible students, which is offered in addition to the PILC summer funding. Students pursuing internships in government, nonprofit organizations, and academia are all eligible to apply. To apply, please send (1) Short cover letter describing your interest in environmental/energy/land use law and intended plans for the summer, (2) unofficial transcript, (3) resume to Liz Queen at queenl@mercury.law.nyu. The deadline for applications is generally late February, and will be updated when announced. More information about the fellowships is available at http://guarinicenter.org/about/fellowships-and-internships/.

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. Applications should be submitted by January 31, 2021. Read more about The Hague Conference

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. This fellowship is not being offered for the summer of 2021. Please check back in the fall for more information for the following summer.

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.

Liberty Aldrich Fellowship at LIFT- Legal Information for Families Today

The Liberty Aldrich Fellowship at LIFT provides additional summer funding for a first- or second-year NYU law student to work at LIFT—Legal Information for Families Today, which serves pro se litigants in family court. Applications are due by Friday, January 29, 2021. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references to kathryn.neilson@nyu.edu. Learn more about the Liberty Aldrich Fellowship at LIFT.

New York Women’s Bar Association Fellowship at Her Justice

The New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA) will fund one fellow each fall and spring semester to complete an internship at Her Justice, which serves women living in poverty in New York City, many of whom are victims of gender-based violence. The position requires 10-20 hours per week and pays $2000 per semester. Email your application, which should include a cover letter with two references, resume and writing sample, to: legal-internship@herjustice.org. Applications are accepted throughout the year for the Fall and Spring terms. Learn more about the NYWBA Fellowship at Her Justice.

Sudler Family Fellowship

The Sudler Family Fellowship will support approximately eight 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 (criminal division in a USAO) or local prosecutor offices (DA offices). Sudler Family Fellows will receive $8,000 instead of a regular PILC grant and will participate in a special training program in early April, which will include meeting the donor. 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 gail.zweig@nyu.edu with the subject line “Sudler Family Fellowship” by Friday, March 4, 2022. It is optional to append an additional one-paragraph statement on how you will enhance the diversity of the profession. Students who are selected as Fellows must still complete all summer funding forms and must submit an internship report through the summer funding system at the completion of their internship.