Summer Internships

The Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for first and second year students to work as interns in legal services offices in Louisiana and throughout the United States. Paid interns gain invaluable legal experience and skills while assisting the indigent in the community.

About the Summer Internship Program

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center requests applications for the summer program in the spring semester. Interested students should submit a cover letter and résumé to Christina Luwisch, Assistant Director, in BB 320. After students apply through the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, the Center forwards the applications to a list of participating offices in Louisiana. During the middle of the spring semester, the Center will host an informational session allowing applicants the opportunity to meet representatives from participating offices. In the following weeks, offices will contact students directly for interviews or job offers. Interns will work for ten consecutive weeks during the summer semester, earning a $5,000.00 stipend. The Center will send a check for the intern’s stipend to the participating office.

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center funds a limited number of out-of-state internships. Please contact Christina Luwisch at cmluwisc@loyno.edu for more information on this opportunity.

Program Guidelines

  • Students may not seek a summer position without the approval of the Gillis Long Assistant Director. This ensures a fair process for all interested students. Depending on available funds, the Gillis Long office will determine the number of summer placements.
  • Students must complete the required contract before beginning the internship. Please be aware the contract is a binding document. Students should not accept an internship placement unless committed to completing the program.
  • The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center will send the student’s stipend to the office. The office’s payroll department will answer questions regarding pay periods and tax withholdings.
  • Interns may expect to work approximately 37 hours per week.
  • Due to funding regulations, Gillis Long may not place students in offices providing criminal legal services. 

Summer Internship Sample Office List 

2014 Student Summer Internship Sample Comments

"While law school has developed my ability to think and interpret the law in order to be a successful attorney, for the past month at Legal Services [Alabama], I have essentially learned how to be an attorney by drafting briefs, letters, motions, attending trials, and communicating with other attorneys and judges. I am wholeheartedly enjoying myself learning and working with the most humble and hardworking advocates and feel honored to help bring resolutions to the most needy in my community. " C. Smitherman, J.D., May 2015

"All in all, I am finding the National Center for Law and Economic Justice a wonderful place to work and find meaning. The attorneys here are dedicated to the cause of economic justice and it really shows. I count myself incredibly fortunate to have such excellent mentors and to be exposed to high impact, complex litigation and client interaction. I feel I have found the best of both worlds." S. Mire, J.D., May 2015

"As an alumni of Loyola’s undergraduate institution, I am well aware of Loyola’s mission of educating the whole person and I have to say this internship [at Acadiana Legal Services] did just that. Not only did I gain valuable skills that will help me in the future, I also learned a lot about myself in the process. I cannot imagine a more rewarding way to spend a summer." M. Flynn, J.D., May 2017