Internships & Externships
In addition to one-time or shorter-term pro bono opportunities, students may also engage in longer-term work with local organizations through an internship or externship. Externships frequently take place during the academic year, and are compensated with school credit (note: work completed for credit does not count towards the Georgetown Pro Bono Pledge; however, hours above and beyond those credited may be counted). Internships, often taking place over the summer, are frequently compensated with a stipend. Pro bono internships, on the other hand, are not compensated through money or credit, but can be a great way to develop legal skills, experience and relationships. Pro bono internships generally require a commitment of 5-15 hours a week for most of a semester. Students are likely to work at an organization or agency doing a variety of law-related tasks under the supervision of one or more attorneys.
If you are interested in setting up a pro bono internship, the following two databases offer a great way to start your search:
Symplicity—This site lists postings for paid and unpaid internships and externships. The listings in Symplicity have been sent to Georgetown by employers actively recruiting for the semester or the summer. (Note: 1Ls will not be able to look at Symplicity internship listings until on or about November 1st due to NALP guidelines.) When you log onto the site, select the "Jobs" tab, then click "More Options." A field labeled "Pro Bono Eligible" will be added to the form. Select "Yes" from its pull-down menu to see pro bono-eligible listings.
PSJD (formerly PSLawNet)—This site lists announcements for paid and unpaid internships and externships with domestic and international non-profit organizations and government agencies. In addition, PSJD is a great resource for identifying organizations that engage in the type of work in which you are interested. To access the PSJD database you will need to create a user name and password the first time you visit the site.
Keep in mind that these databases are only a starting point. There are many other area public service oriented organizations that don't actively recruit through Georgetown. If you don't feel drawn to any of the positions listed online, or if you are passionate about an issue that you don't see represented, please contact OPICS to make an appointment with the Pro Bono Coordinator. OPICS has extensive experience working with local organizations and agencies, and has contacts with many Georgetown friends and alumni who can assist you in finding a placement that is a good match for you and the organization.