Summer Programs and Internships Newsletter

Hello Pre-Law Students!

Here is our annual Summer Internships and Programs Newsletter. Summer Internship Newsletter 12 20 13. This is a great resource to get you started on looking for internship opportunities and summer programs for pre-law students.  And seniors —  we have also included information on scholarships and post graduation opportunities.  But don’t ignore the sites and employers listed as internship possibilities — some of these internship opportunities and suggested resources might also lead you to discover permanent job prospects!   

We hope you all have a restful and productive winter break.

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Summer Internships Preview

Yes summer internships — that is not a typo!  It is not too early to start looking.  In December we will publish our annual “Internship Edition” on the PLAS blog, suggesting possible internship opportunities in Illinois and other places.  But no need to wait — Fall Break is a good time for you early birds to get a jump on summer internship applications. Here are some online resources to get you started.

iLINK: For a general job and internship database, in which you can search by category, the UIUC Career Center offers iLINK, the Career Management System housed at the Career Center.

USA Jobs:  USA Jobs is a website where many government opportunities available across America are posted, including many summer internships, some of which are PAID.  To access the website go to:

Simply Hired: This website has an extensive list of summer PAID internships available across the U.S.  Check it out!!

White House Internship Program: One very competitive and popular opportunity, the White House Internship Summer 2014 Program, has an application deadline of January 5, 2014. The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. These committed citizens become a part of the White House team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.  For more information about this program and to apply, go here:

Enjoy your break!!





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Public Service Fellows Program – Deadline to Apply: Nov. 1

The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

At the Partnership, fellows are integral to the day-to-day operations, programs and activities of our organization. We value the contributions of fellows and work to provide relevant and useful experiences in return. That’s why fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events, and projects to help revitalize the federal government by focusing on the people working in it. Fellows’ duties vary across the Partnership’s internal teams, but often include event planning and execution, conducting research, writing and preparing correspondence, and conducting outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities.

True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term. Fellows also receive the following stipends:

  • Full time fellows with an undergraduate or graduate degree will receive a $1000 per month stipend.
  • Full time fellows who are currently undergraduate students will receive an $800 per month stipend.
  • Part time fellow stipends will be pro-rated accordingly.

Who Should Apply

We seek extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with:

  • A commitment to public service
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • An ability to work well in teams

There is no single academic major or background we prefer over another—if you share our passion and are committed to developing your skills while gaining valuable experience, we want to hear from you!

The application for the Spring 2014 term closes on November, 1. Apply today!




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Attention Seniors — Chicago Law Firm Kirkland & Ellis Looking to Hire Project Assistants

Attention Seniors!

Decided not to go to law school but still want to explore the field? The Project Assistant (PA) Program at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, in Chicago ( is a 1-2 year program where the PAs work with legal assistants and attorneys on specific projects in any number of departments within the law firm.  Participants in the program are typically individuals that are thinking about going to law school but who want to work in a legal setting first.  No prior legal experience is needed, but the K&E folks want people who are not afraid of technology, who are comfortable working with Excel, PowerPoint, etc., and who are willing to work hard, take initiative and be creative.   The salary is described as competitive. There is no identified deadline for submitting a resume, but as openings occur (late spring/early summer is a big turnover time for this program so they are looking now) candidates are contacted.  If you are interested in this program, please email your cover letter and resume to:  Nicole Kopel, Recruiting Specialist, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP (  and mention your interest in the Project Assistant Program in your cover letter.


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Spring Break Edition: Things To Do

Spring Break starts at the end of this week.  Here are some suggestions for how to use the break wisely.  

Seniors Applying This Cycle

1. Applications. If you haven’t already done so….submit your applications!!!!!  I know several law schools have extended their deadlines but this is a rolling process and many schools have few if any seats (or financial aid) left to give to applicants.

2. Decision Time.  For those of you that submitted applications much earlier this cycle and consequently are now weighing all your options — really evaluate your offers and try to come to a decision in the next couple of weeks.  Those of you who have been in to see me have been advised to create a table or spreadsheet listing the items most important to you (i.e., cost/scholarship, employment numbers, bar passage rate, location) to help you decide among your offers.  Also make plans to visit the law schools if you haven’t already done so — you would be surprised about the number of students who love a school on paper but are not thrilled with the school once they visit.  Law school is a HUGE investment — find the time to visit the schools!!!!

Juniors Applying in the Fall

1. Letters of Recommendation. Start thinking about whom you should ask to write your letters of recommendation and plan to request your LORs BEFORE you leave campus for the summer.  Applicants frequently make the mistake of waiting until fall to approach their professors and then find themselves waiting quite a while.  Your professors are busy so you need to plan ahead to give them enough time to write your letters… and the letters that others are requesting.

2. Attend PLAS Programs! Attending our upcoming PLAS programs will help you get a jump start on your applications.  Remember — most law schools admit applicants on a rolling basis so the earlier you apply, the better!

  • Financing Law School, Monday April 1, 5-6pm, College of Law, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Classroom A. Our Financial Aid Series continues! With so many different aid offers from various law schools….how do students choose? Julie Griffin, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the College of Law, and Donna Davis, a current 2L and Pre-Law Advising Graduate Assistant, are here to walk you through it! Ms. Griffin and Ms. Davis will show you what a law school financial aid offer looks like and demonstrate how to evaluate aid packages and make fair comparisons among schools. No registration required. 
  • Applying to Law School — A Workshop for Fall Applicants — Monday, April 15, 4-5:00 pm, Room 1027 Lincoln Hall. Applying to law school early in the application cycle can result in more admission offers, more aid, and much less stress. This workshop is designed for students who will be applying to law school this fall and want to maximize their law school opportunities. We will provide an overview of the law school application process and share a timeline for optimal application results. No registration required.
  • Personal Statement Workshop for Fall Applicants — Thursday, April 18, 12-1:00pm, Room 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building.  Law school applicants consistently say that the personal statement took much more time to write than they expected. This workshop will provide an overview of the personal statement and the resume for law school applications. Please register by clicking on this link to our Event Calendar. Once there, please select this event and then click on “register.”  Registration is required so that we can provide enough seating and materials for everyone.

All Pre-Law Students

1. Find and apply for summer internships NOW.  Not sure where to start?  Go here,, to access our Internship Newsletter that was originally posted on December 20.  It contains 17 pages of information on internships and jobs.  Many of these postings have March deadlines so start looking now!

2. Stay informed… about all of our PLAS Programs, information sessions, updates on the legal profession, etc.  How???

 Enjoy your break!

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Career Connect Networking Opportunity — Saturday, March 2!!

Still not sure what to do about a summer internship?  Or are you interested in talking with someone about your longer-term career goals?  Then this Career Connect event is for you! 

On Saturday, March 2, 11am-1pm, Illini Union 314 B, you can network with members of the Dads Association and other parent volunteers.  Learn about their career paths and how to find job and internship opportunities in the fields of Law, Business, Engineering, Education, Computer Technology, Philanthropy, Medicine, Government and more! Talk one-on-one with these mentors and get valuable tips and advice regarding your own major and career interests.  Here’s your chance to build up your network!  Space is limited so register by February 25 at event is FREE and refreshments will be provided!  For more info, contact or 217-333-7063.  This event is co-sponsored by the Career Center, the Illini Union and the U of I Dads Association.

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New Opportunities!

The Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP) Ambassador Program applications are due Tuesday, February 12th.

This 8-week non-credit course is open to first-year and sophomore students from any college or major. The program focuses on introducing students to the fields of volunteerism, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship from a theoretical perspective with experiential learning opportunities.

Students will volunteer, assist in planning volunteer opportunities for other Illinois students and community residents, provide support to the Campus and Community-Wide Day of Service recently promoted in the Chancellor’s January 22nd email, and complete a project related to the field. Sessions include training on leadership, communications, diversity, career development, innovation, and planning large-scale service events. 

Course meets Wednesdays February 20th-April 27th from 5:30-7:30p (excepting March 20 and 27). For more information contact OVP at or call 217-333-7424 and ask for Kati.

 To apply, complete the form at:      

Illinois College Advising Corps

Attention University of Illinois Seniors or December 2012 graduates: Are you still thinking about working for a year or two before going to law school?  Here is an opportunity to consider!

The Illinois College Advising Corps (ICAC), a non-profit organization run through the University of Illinois, is looking for people interested in working as college advisors at several Illinois high schools. ICAC is a unique college access program that seeks to increase the number of low income and underrepresented students applying to and attending a post secondary institution. Daily advisor work includes reviewing personal statements, helping students apply to colleges, understanding FAFSA and Award Letters, advising on retaking the ACT, and making sure students graduate on time. The advisor benefits include a $30,000 salary and an additional $5,000 towards your graduate school of choice.

If you would like to become a College Advisor, and you are a University of Illinois senior who will graduate in May or  who graduated in December 2012, then you are eligible to apply. ICAC recently began its fifth year and has expanded its reach to include 23 high schools across the state. 
Feel free to go to the ICAC website at, and apply! The final date for applications is  FEBRUARY 22nd, 2013.

Please feel free to contact Dan Choi via email at or by phone at 630-270-6658 if you have any additional questions.


 Deadline: Noon, Friday, March 1, 2013

The English Department sponsors and administers two annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry.  Depending on available funding, there will be 3-4 prizes in Fiction and 2-3 in Poetry this year.  Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1000.  As soon as we have specific funding numbers available, we will announce them at our website:

 Contest rules are as follows:

 Short Fiction:  no contestant may submit more than one story (7500 words, maximum length)

 Poetry:  no contestant may submit more than 200 lines, as a single poem or a group of poems

 Only University of Illinois undergraduate students are eligible to compete. 

 For more information, please contact Steve Davenport at



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Internship Newsletter!

Wondering what to do over winter break?  Start looking for summer internships!  Our annual Internship Newsletter is the perfect resource to assist you as you begin looking into summer internships in Illinois and elsewhere.  You should also check out the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program (applications due January 18) as well as the Trials Program at Harvard Law School (applications due February 1) described on page 3.  These are amazing opportunities for our pre-law students.  Note — many employers have January application deadlines so click on the link, 12 20 12 Summer Internship Newsletter, and start researching now before you miss out on some great internships!!

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Mid-Week Update — Internship and Job Opportunities Via I-Link!

For those of you looking into summer internships or job opportunities for after graduation, remember to check  the U of I Career Center’s I-Link,, as these postings are updated weekly.  For information about recently-posted opportunities with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, McDonald’s Corporation, United States Steel Corporation and Syngenta, just to name a few, please click on this link, Note: These listings have an application deadline of this Friday, November 30.

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Is the legal job market creating change in legal education?

Recent reports showed that the Class of 2011 law grads faced a very difficult job market. As this author says, perhaps the challenge of placement has forced law schools to institute some much-needed change into how they deliver legal education. This is a good, well-balanced article that addresses the challenges of the job market while also acknowledging interesting (and possibly more effective) law school initiatives that have resulted from the job market. Take a look!


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