Public Interest Law Center

Internship Funding

PILC Summer Funding

The PILC Summer Funding Program guarantees funding for all first- and second-year students who work in public service and government positions. 1L students receive $5,500 for the summer and 2Ls receive $7,500.

Program Requirements and Deadlines
  • Attend the public interest job information session Finding and Funding a 1L Internship in the Fall: Monday, October 16, 2023
  • Register in the online PILC Summer Funding system by December 1, 2023
  • File your 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 FAFSA forms as soon as October 1 and no later than January 16, 2024, and students must also review the Financial Aid Tutorial by January 16, 2024
  • Obtain a public interest internship, enter it into the PILC Summer Funding system and have the internship confirmed electronically by your host organization by April 12, 2024
  • Comply with all requests from PILC, OSFS and HR, including filing FAFSA forms and completing work authorization forms
  • Have your host organization confirm that you completed the internship by August 18, 2024
  • Write an intern report based on your experiences by September 15, 2024

All 1L and 2L students are guaranteed funding if they comply with the program requirements set out below and work in an eligible public interest job for at least 35 hours/week for 8-10 weeks. Eligible jobs include:

  • Government employers; this includes all international judicial internships, and domestic judicial internships for 1Ls only
  • Domestic or international non-profits or non-governmental organizations
  • Inter-governmental organizations (e.g., the UN or the World Bank)
  • Most summer internships with a Center affiliated with NYU Law
  • Please note: Jobs with for-profit organizations, including split summers at law firms, and as researchers for professors are not eligible for funding. 
Funding Amount
  • $5,500 for 1L students and $7,500 for 2L students.
  • There is no cap on the amount of additional funding students may earn. All funding from outside sources must be reported online using the Additional Funding Form.
  • NYU Law offers a summer rent discount to students living in Law School residences and working for public interest organizations, as judicial interns, or as research assistants for professors. Information about applying for this discount will be posted in the Docket in March.
Intern Reports

Every year, NYU students who receive summer funding complete a comprehensive and candid assessment of their internship experience. These Intern Reports are invaluable in researching organizations where you may want to apply and in making decisions on job offers.

Special Internship Programs

NYU offers a number of special summer and term-time internship programs exclusively to NYU students. These programs offer opportunities to focus on particular areas of law. Some of these programs also provide a small supplement to the regular summer funding amount.