Commonly Asked Questions


What schools participate in the Summer Fellowship program?
Barnard, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, Stanford, and Yale.

What kind of work qualifies as public interest? What organizations do this work?
Public interest law includes direct services, such as helping people who cannot afford attorneys. It can also include advocacy and policy work. Generally, your host must be a 501(c)(3)—a federal designation for nonprofits. Examples of host organizations are here.

Are there particular kinds of work or tasks that fellows do?
No, but your primary work cannot be clerical. You must confirm this with your host beforehand. Otherwise, the work varies by organization and project.

How many weeks should I spend with my host organization?
Summer Fellows must spend at least 8-10 weeks with their organizations. Occasionally, we offer half-time stipends for fellows who split the summer between two fellowships.

What kind of report is required?
All Summer Fellows must submit a final report, usually by early September. Summer Fellows will receive information about deadlines and content. 

Aside from the report, are there commitments beyond the summer?
You must attend the Liman Colloquium at Yale Law School in the spring. This event may take place online (remote attendance).

How do I apply?
The application process for Yale students is described here. Students at other schools should contact their respective programs.

What if people at my host organization are working remotely? Can I still intern there?
Yes. Most Summer Fellows worked remotely in 2020. Many organizations offer this option for internships.