Summer Funding for Internships
While some public service employers pay their interns, many do not. To allow and encourage students to work in public service, Cardozo offers a stipend for work in public interest/public service and government legal internships during the summer. For the past 13 years, every eligible student has obtained this funding.
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. Current students can read more about the wide world of paid public service summer internships and grants here and make an appointment with the Office of Career Services to discuss further.