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Summer Internships

The Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for first and second year students to work as interns in legal services offices in Louisiana and throughout the United States. Paid interns gain invaluable legal experience and skills while assisting the indigent in the community.

About the Summer Internship Program

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center requests applications for the summer program in the spring semester. Interested students should submit a cover letter and résumé on Symplicity. After students apply through Symplicity, the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center forwards the applications to a list of participating offices in Louisiana. During the middle of the spring semester, the Center will host an informational session allowing applicants the opportunity to meet representatives from participating offices. In the following weeks, offices will contact students directly for interviews or job offers. Interns will work for ten  weeks during the summer semester, earning $5,000.00. The Center will send a check for the intern’s stipend to the participating office.

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center funds a limited number of out-of-state internships. Please contact Christina Luwisch at cmluwisc@loyno.edu for more information on this opportunity.

Program Guidelines

  • Students may not seek a summer position without the approval of the Gillis Long Associate Director. This ensures a fair process for all interested students. Depending on available funds, the Gillis Long office will determine the number of summer placements.

  • Students must complete the required contract before beginning the internship. Please be aware the contract is a binding document. Students should not accept an internship placement unless committed to completing the program.

  • The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center will send the student's stipend to the office. The office's payroll department will answer questions regarding pay periods and tax withholdings.

  • Interns may expect to work approximately 37 hours per week.

  • Due to funding regulations, Gillis Long may not place students in offices providing criminal legal services.

Summer Internship Sample Office List

Intern Quotes

"The internship experience I had with the Advocacy Center of Louisiana was the perfect way to spend the summer between the end of my 1L year and the beginning of my 2L year. The Advocacy Center allowed me an abundance of opportunities to put into practice the knowledge obtained in my first year. I was privileged to work in an office of lawyers who were just as passionate and interested in my progression as a future lawyer as they were about their important work of providing the highest level of representation to Louisiana’s disabled citizens," said Zachary O. Simmons, 2018 Summer Intern at The Advocacy Center.

"Interning through Gillis Long provided a life-changing experience, which shifts how you view the needs of the world around you. Most importantly, the reward of going home everyday knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life is deeply profound. Every moment is worth the efforts required to complete this invaluable work," said Robert D. Ford, 2018 Summer Intern at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.