Last Updated February 2018
This list includes outside funding sources for students working in unpaid public interest summer positions as well as summer internship programs at organizations that hire a set number of paid interns/fellows each summer. Please be sure to check PSJD regularly for other current paid and unpaid summer internships.
The following is a list of summer funding sources, both internal and external. The list is NOT exhaustive! Note about accuracy of information: check website to make sure it is still valid.
summer grants are awarded to students who are taking unpaid summer public
interest and public sector jobs. In 2017, over $146,000 was awarded to students
from law school and student-raised funds. There were 54 first- and second-year
students who received funding; 39 received the maximum award of $3,000. Grant
recipients worked in nonprofit organizations, legal aid offices, state and
federal government agencies, public defender offices, and district attorneys'
offices across 7 states and one international placement.
The early decision
process for summer grants typically opens in October. The regular summer grant
application period will open up in February. Please click here for more
information about summer grants.
J. W. Saxe Memorial Prize is a prize of fifteen hundred dollars that will be
awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public
service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience
in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a
summer or other term. Preference will be given to applicants who have already
found such a position, but who require additional funds (copied from site). Deadline typically in early April.