Early summer is the right time to reach out to employers seeking candidates to sponsor for Post-Graduate Project Fellowships. These are fellowships that require applicants to work in partnership with a host organization and together the applicant and host employer submit a project proposal to an outside funder. The most well-known of these are the Equal Justice Works and Skadden Fellowships, but there are several other lesser-known project fellowships that also fund law graduates to create public interest projects. If you are planning to apply for a project fellowship, make sure to check out the current postings on Symplicity and PSJD.org from non-profit agencies seeking candidates to sponsor. Interested candidates should also plan to identify potential host organizations through independent research and consultation with an OPICS advisor. Many employers choose not to recruit on job databases, but do sponsor fellowship projects every year. The counselors in OPICS are available throughout the summer to help you navigate the application process.
Watch Hoya Headlines for upcoming information on staff attorney fellowships that do not require a project proposal. These typically have later application deadlines.
Click on the above link for a list of current fellowship sponsor postings on Symplicity.