Public Interest Internships
American Civil Liberties Union
Description of Internship Opportunities:
- Interns will serve as Civil Liberties complaint counselors
- Screen civil liberties complaints (phone calls and letters) from members of the public
- Assist complainants in resolving disputes; provide information, referrals, and suggestions; identify community resources
- Analyze written complaints; conduct factual investigations. Review application regulations and statutes.
- Draft response letters to complainants
- Will take three to five students per semester
- 12 to 15 hours of work per week in spring and fall semester
- 18 to 20 hours of work per week in summer semester
- Develop a practical understanding of constitutional law
- Learn how to conduct factual investigation of complaints
- Develop skills in client communication
- Develop a better understanding of community resources available for resolving disputes
- Develop skills in identifying and using administrative regulations and protocols
- Participate in special events, such as hearing speakers on legal topics, touring a jail, watching a case in court
Tony Rothert 314-652-3114
Function: Goals of mediation - Assist customers and companies in settling disputes amicably. To provide guidance and educate customers who are having problems with businesses. To suggest ways for companies to gain good will of customers, through resolution of customers' complaints. Must retain constant neutrality.
- Place calls from our office to companies who have expressed an interest in mediating an amicable resolution to a claim.
- Place calls to the customer to present a company's offer, if necessary.
- Document the context of all correspondence and conversations in complete sentences so the responses are understood. Also clearly note the party to whom you are speaking.
- Attend orientation and training sessions.
Desired Skills and Attributes:
- Good oral & written communication skills
- Good negotiation skills
- Good reasoning skills
- Able to guide a conversation
- A desire to help people
- A minimum of two hours a day, one day a week
For more information, please contact Sharay Hinton.
Description: Student will work under the direction and control of an investigative assistant in preparing the alcohol and tobacco enforcement cases. The Bureau seeks to reduce alcohol smuggling and contraband cigarette trafficking activity, divest criminal and terrorist organizations of monies derived from this illicit activity and significantly reduce tax revenue losses to the States.
- Students must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.
- Students will have to authorize a criminal background records check.
Denise Helm 314-269-2201
Description: The Court Appointed Speical Advocate serves by court order as an Officer of the St. Louis County Family Court . The CASA serves on a volunteer basis as an independent advocate for the child's best interests and monitors the case until a permanent plan is achieved for the child. The CASA responds directly to the CASA supervisor and comes under the rules and guidelines of the St. Louis County Family Court.
Duties and Responsibilities: Conducting an independent investigation of a CASA case, monitor and facilitate progress of CASA case through the court system and the Children's Division, ensure all relevant information is available to the St. Louis County family Court, and keep CASA supervisor informed of case activity and progress.
- Students must be at least 21 years of age or older.
- Students must commit to a two semester internship.
- Students must attend 33 hours of initial CASA training.
- Complete 12 hours of in-service training each year.
- Complete a yearly evaluation with a CASA supervisor.
Contact: Claudine Chastain 314-615-4553
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Description: Students will work in the Enforcement Unit.
Contact: Ms. Leatha Johnson, supervisory investigator in the St. Louis District Office at at (314) 539-7870.
Equal Housing Opportunity Council
Description: Students will work as complaint counselors. The organization deals in two primary areas of law: fair housing and landlord-tenant law.
Contact: Tatjana Schwendinger
Internship Description: Students at this location will have contact with clients. Interns may research and/or drafting assignment, perform miscellaneous office tasks. Students will perform medical record review and analysis.
The organization practices public interest law with a focus on low income clients in Social Security Disability and SSI cases.
To apply: Call or email Dan Krause. 314-534-0404 ext. 102
Description: Interns will investigate complaints relating to environmental problems, research case law, statutes and regulations, draft pleadings, and accompany Great Rivers' attorneys to public appearances in court or administrative agencies.
- Flexible hours
- Duties may be performed in the office, at a law library, or at home
- Students must submit a resume
Contact: Dottie Robertson (314) 231-4181
Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants
Description: Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants provides a broad range of immigration services including political asylum, adjustment of status for refugees, removal defense, family reunification, naturalization, Violence Against Women Act, human trafficking, and employment authorization.
Details: Student must submit a resume and writing sample.
Contact: Stephen Hoepliner
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance
Locations: East St. Louis, Alton, Carbondale, Champaign, and Springfield.
Description: Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. We provide free civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois. Our mission is to pursue civil justice for low-income persons through representation and education. Our goals are:
- To promote economic security, adequate shelter and health care
- To alleviate domestic violence and improve family stability
- To advance the interests of vulnerable populations
- Reviewing and organizing, abstracting records of discovery
- Preparing letters
- Shadowing an attorney to appointments and court appearances
- Fall and Spring internships only
- Set schedule necessary, but flexibility available
- Resume and Cover letter required
Contact: Sue Simone
Description: Legal Advocates for Abused Women is a not-for-profit domestic violence organization dedicated to helping victims of abuse in times of crisis.
- Assist in developing pamphlets and procedures for planned giving
- Manning the legal crisis hotline
- Students will likely address legal issues such as orders of protection, simple dissolutions, and motions for contempt for failure to pay child support
Contact: Lina Schimmel (314) 535-0884
- Interns will work with Jim Guest in the Volunteer Lawyers' Program
- Intern will be responsible for reviewing files and securing additional facts if necessary from the client.
- Interns will write a summary of the case.
- Interns will be responsible for the finding placement for the file with a volunteer lawyer
- Two to four students will be considered
- Students must submit a resume and writing sample, if they have one.
- Students must interview with Jim Guest
- 15 hours a week required during the spring and fall semesters. 20 hours a week required in the summer.
Contact: Jim Guest (314) 256-8707
Description: The Attorney General has multiple responsibilities including consumer protection, worker's compensation, child support, employment discrimination, and child abuse.
- Resume required
- Writing sample required
Contact: Dana Tucker (314) 340-7652
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Attend DWI court cases, time and date based on specific locations & court dates to be discussed.
- Become familiar with court room procedure.
- Collect Information on DWI misdemeanor and felony cases and submit paperwork to the Court
- Monitoring Project specialist or other MADD staff in a timely manner.
- Other duties as assigned
- Background Check; no criminal arrests or convictions.
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must not have a case pending or be convicted of a drunk driving offense
- Have good communication skills
- Attention to detail, good listening and critical thinking skills.
- Access to email and phone on a regular basis in order to communicate with supervisor.
- Must follow MADD's code of ethics, purposes and policies.
- Must be able to attend court during the day, frequency to be discussed.
- Must be able to keep the confidentiality & integrity of all aspects of this position.
- Must have reliable transportation.
- Successful completion of training.
Contact: Eva M. Shumpert (314) 426-1595
Description: MSPD offers students the opportunity to provide meaningful help to those with the greatest needs. You will have direct contact with clients and significant responsibility for helping attorneys protect the liberty and lives of citizens. You will also receive training from some of the best and most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the country. Interns may work in the Capital Litigation Division, the Trial Division, the Appellate/Post-Conviction Division, or the Youth Advocacy Unit.
Contact: Patrick Brayer (314) 615-4778
*Note: Due to ongoing restructuring,this internship site will not be hiring until the summer of 2014.
Description: The Legal Department assists the Juvenile Officer in carrying out the purposes of the Juvenile Code by screening new referrals alleging child abuse or neglect, status offense, delinquency and termination of parental rights, filing legal pleadings where appropriate and representing the legal interests of the Juvenile Officer in court. Additionally, the Legal Department assists the Juvenile Officer by providing advice and training to juvenile court staff regarding legal matters.
Details: Students must submit a cover letter and resume.
Contact: Ms. Sue Guerra
St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney's Office
- Interns will work with crime victims
- Interns will have the opportunity to get firsthand information on court proceedings for crime victims
- Interns will aid crime victims with their victim impact statement
- Students will need to fill out the county wide application which can be found at the St. Charles County Personnel Office or by contacting Rachel Lenk, (636) 949-7355
- Students must indicate which semester they are interested in applying for
- Students will need to submit a resume, writing sample, and transcript
Contact: Rachel Lenk (636) 949-7355
St. Louis City Circuit Attorney - Victim's Services of St. Louis
- Working with victims of serious charges including serious felonies, domestic abuse, or sexual abuse
- Students will serve as court escorts for victims
- Students will be involved in court advocacy
- Students will deal with crisis intervention
- Students will be involved in case management
- Resume requested
- Valid photo ID (ex. Driver's License)
- Authorization to complete criminal background check
Contact: Malika Poindexter (314) 622-4373
St. Louis Family Court
Description: The family court handles all domestic relations matters filed in St. Louis County. These include dissolutions of marriage, annulments, and legal separations. The Family Court also processes paternity and child support cases. The Family Court has jurisdiction over adoptions and guardianships. The Family Court also intervenes in cases of domestic violence and child abuse. Finally, the Family Court also handles juvenile offenses.
- Students must submit a resume and writing sample.
- Students must furnish a copy of a picture ID (ex. Driver's License) and be prepared for a criminal background check
- Student must attend confidentiality training
Contact: Nathan Perz (314) 615-0689
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney
Description: The Prosecuting Attorney's office of St. Louis County has a number of divisions including: Arson, Asset Forfeitures, Bad Checks, Child Abuse, Child Support, Civil, Delinquent State Taxes, Domestic Violence, Division, Election Law, Gang/Drug Division, Grand Jury, Sexual Assault Division, Traffic Division, Vice, Victim Services Division, White Collar Crime, and Witness Notification.
- Students must submit a resume.
- Students must submit a cover letter detailing what they hope to obtain as a result of the internship
- A picture ID must be provided
- Students must authorize a criminal background check
Contact: Jack Dupener (314) 615-2600
United States Pretrial Services
Description: Intern will investigate all new defendants and make recommendations as to release and detention, work on pre-trail diversion cases, and be introduced to the entire federal criminal justice system.
- Students must have completed at least 60 hours of study
- Must submit a resume and three letters of recommendation
- Background investigation is required
- Requires interns for the entire semester at least two eight hour days per week
Contact: Gene Kain
United States Probation Office
Description: Interns will be supervising offenders on probation.
- Students must contact Monica prior to e-mailing information
- Must commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week for the length of the internship
- Must go through a 90 day background check
- Must fill out the federal application
- Must have a 3.0 GPA
- Cannot have any prior arrest and/or conviction on your record
- Selected by management
- Submit a resume, writing sample, and current transcript