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 Sunday, January 13, 2019. Applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and a list of three references to helainebarnett@aol.com.  Read more about the Helaine Barnett Fellowship at the Legal Services Corporation.

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 (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 pilc.info@nyu.edu with the subject line “Sudler Family Fellowship” by Friday, March 1, 2019. 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 in mid-March 2019.

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. Applications are due by February 19th.  More information about the fellowships is available at http://guarinicenter.org/about/fellowships-and-internships/.