The 2014 Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program places New York inner-city high school students with legal employers for the summer. This Program is part of the New York City Bar's efforts to enhance the diversity of the legal profession.
Students are selected to participate in the Program based upon personal interviews and demonstrated academic excellence. They are first nominated by their schools and then interviewed by the Program staff. Our interview process consists of face-to-face meetings with the students and a written test that we administer to determine comfort with challenges common to an office environment. Prior to their internships, all applicants participate in a mandatory, three-part Pre-Employment Training which provides them with one-one-one resume and cover letter review, as well as presentations on interview preparation, office etiquette, and professional attire workshops.
Job assignments vary depending on the needs of the employer, but typically include organizing information and documents, filing, and record keeping. The students are paid by the employer, with compensation comparable to that of other paid internships. While most of the students seek full-time summer employment, some of the students are available for part-time positions.
New York City Bar is seeking volunteer attorneys for their annual Speed Networking Event (Tuesday, July 8th at ABC News). Link to apply for program: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e1WsKwXKzfgxBR2X0Wyw21I3q7CVkYUnZMKkUWB5n6M/viewform) Additionally, it seeks volunteers for their Diverse Career Opportunities Program (Tuesday, July 22nd at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.) Link to apply for program: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17pVZdNoxOznY-dnypp2HZQWPovQV6yJUlY41uOczkO8/viewform).
These are minimal commitment, but high impact programs – each program is approximately two hours long, and gives inner-city high school students the opportunity to meet and talk with attorneys, develop their networking skills, and learn more about the professional opportunities available to them.