Summer Funding for Internships
Cardozo offers a summer stipend to encourage students to engage in public interest/public service and government legal internships during the summer. For the past 13 years, every eligible student has obtained funding for the summer.

In the summer of 2018, almost 200 Cardozo students received funding for their summer internships from our Public Service Stipend. At the end of each summer, stipend recipients write reflections on their internship experiences. 

Funding levels for Summer 2018 were $4,000 for domestic placements and $5,000 for international human rights and public service placements.


Cardozo Summer Funded Programs:

Cardozo Public Service Stipend: These stipends are awarded to first- and second-year Cardozo students who have secured unpaid internships with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, government entities, or judges' chambers during the summer. Funding for some of these stipends is provided through the David Berg Foundation. Those fellowships are awarded to students with a demonstrated commitment to working with underserved communities.

Cardozo/Howard M. Squadron Fellowships in Law, Media and Society: These fellowships are awarded to students with international internships in media, publishing, communications and entertainment law.


Externally-Funded Summer Programs:

In addition to paid summer internships in public service, such as the Peggy Browning Fund's law student fellowships and the Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program, there are quite a few external sources of funding for summer public service work. You can find information on many programs. You can read more about the wide world of paid public service summer internships and grants here, but just a few examples include:

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD: Students earn a $1,200 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project: Students receive a $6,000 stipend for internships at government agencies handling consumer protection matters across the country.

John C. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship: Students receive $2,500 for work intended to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.

Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund: Students receive up to $5,000 to spend their summers interning with the Federal Communications Commission and other federal, state, and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless).

Google Policy Fellowship: Students receive a stipend of $7,500 to spend the summer working on issues related to Internet and technology policy.

Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowships for Social and Economic Justice: Students receive $2,000 to spend their summers at public interest organizations working to protect and further the civil rights of oppressed people in the United States.

Law Student Union Summer: This 10-week summer internship program combines front-line, labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO-affiliated unions throughout the country. Students receive a stipend of $600/week plus housing and transportation.

Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program: Students spend their summers in paid internships providing civil legal services to low-income individuals at Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network programs around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program: Students can receive a maximum of $4,000 to work on a student-initiated project at a nonprofit host organization to advance immigrants' rights.

New York Bar Foundation Fellowships & Scholarships: Students can apply for several different fellowship and scholarship opportunities in areas from intellectual property to antitrust to elder law and more.

Steven Richter Fellowships: Students can receive $2,500 to spend their summers at an internship that supports direct legal services and/or projects on issues of concern to individuals with HIV/AIDS.

For more information on external ways to fund your public service summer, make an appointment with the Office of Career Services.