Summer Fellows Program

The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School seeks up to four undergraduates to work as Public Interest Fellows for the upcoming summer 2013. The office, staffed by experienced attorneys, counsels hundreds of law students and alumni interested in pursuing public service work. The job offers great exposure to the legal profession, particularly for someone contemplating a career in public interest law. We are seeking students with strong backgrounds in public interest as well as prior experience working in an office environment. Our summer fellows take part in a brown bag lunch series exploring several aspects of public interest law and have the opportunity to participate in community service activities.

Applications will be accepted after December 1 and  must be received by  February 15, 2013.  Hiring will be done on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. 

Project assignments include the following:

  • Help author or revise public service career specialty guides, such as health law, immigration law, and criminal law.
  • Organize panels and special events, and assist with planning for visiting Fellows.
  • Track public interest fellowships and job openings; maintain and expand online database.
  • Assist with Internet research projects and synthesizing of information for internal and/or external use.
  • Perform general office duties, such as fielding phone calls and emails from alumni and employers, photocopying, data entry, website updates, and project and publication support.

Excellent organizational and writing skills are required, along with the ability to self-start on innovative projects. Must be a team player. Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, and a demonstrated interest in public service work are a must! Familiarity with Microsoft Office, PC computer platforms, and databases is extremely important. Knowledge of HTML would be very helpful. The summer fellowships are paid positions: $12/hr, 35 hrs/week for ten weeks of work (more if the student's schedule allows). Please include your GPA on your resume. Applicants are also encouraged to list all employment experience. 

We do not hire first year students or students entering or enrolled in law school for summer internships. If we receive an outstanding application from a first year, we will encourage him or her to reapply for a subsequent summer. We occasionally hire rising juniors and the majority of our summer fellows have completed at least three years of their undergraduate programs.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter as soon possible, no later than February 15  Send materials to Kirsten Bermingham at kbermingham@law.harvard.edu.

Last modified: June 10, 2013

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