How do I find a public service summer internship?
Typically, students find summer positions through CDOnline job postings, reaching out to people working in their area of interest, the Government Honors & Internship Handbook, and websites such as PSJD. For help with your public service job search, we recommend you work with Alexia McCaskill, Director for Government & Public Interest, or another member of the CDO staff. Faculty can also be a rich resource for leads about public service internships. This document gives you ideas of some of the places where Colorado Law students interned over the last six years.
I am working as an extern this summer. May I receive a Summer Fellowship for my summer externship public service work?
No. Hours worked for a summer, for-credit externship are ineligible for our Summer Fellowship program. If you have questions about summer or academic year externships, consult the Externship page or contact Chris McKee. Please remember that you must pay tuition for externship credits earned during the summer.
I secured a volunteer summer internship with a judge. Am I eligible for funding under the Summer Fellowship program?
Judicial internships do not qualify for funding under Colorado Law’s Summer Fellowship program. Colorado Law recognizes the incredible value of students interning with judges. We do not, however, provide Summer Fellowship funding for that category of work since many of those positions, unlike the categories we do fund, do not usually require a full-time work commitment - making it easier for judicial interns to accept paid work along with their internship.
How many hours does the Summer Fellowship program require me to work in my position?
Most of Colorado Law’s Summer Fellowships require the student to work at least 300 hours during the course of the summer. Make sure to review the requirements of each fellowship(s) you wish to pursue to make sure you understand any and all of its requirements.
How much do Colorado Law’s Summer Fellowships pay?
The amounts vary, but most of our fellowships will pay the following for work during Summer 2016:
- $3,000 for work outside of Colorado
- $2,500 for work in Colorado, but more than 35 miles from Denver or Boulder
- $2,000 for work in Denver, Boulder, or within 35 miles of either
Compensation is higher for work outside of the Denver/Boulder metro areas because of the costs associated with relocation for the summer. Some of the named fellowships under our program may pay more than the general amounts identified above.
Can I receive funding under more than one Colorado Law Summer Fellowship at a time?
No. A student cannot receive more than one Summer Fellowship administered by the law school per year. We do, however, encourage you to apply to multiple sources of funding. There are a number of funding sources outside of Colorado Law and, some, are very generous. If you are receiving or pursuing funding or income from other sources for your summer public service work, we ask that you disclose that fact when you apply for our Summer Fellowships. If you receive additional funding after applying for or receiving on of our fellowships, inform Alexia McCaskill as soon as possible.
The majority of Colorado Law students receive funding through the PSSF. There are also some named Colorado Law Fellowships whose recipients are selected from the PSSF applicant pool. We recommend that you apply for the PSSF and any of the other Colorado Law Summer Fellowships for which you believe your work qualifies.
I am working outside the Denver/Boulder area. Can I get both a summer fellowship and a Colorado Opportunities Scholarship?
Yes. We encourage students to apply to both programs. Information about the Colorado Opportunities Scholarship Program will be available in CDOnline’s Job Postings section after the email announcement of its application window later this semester. Students working in-state, but 40 miles outside the Denver/Boulder area may apply for the Colorado Opportunities Scholarship Program.
Will being accepted into the AmeriCorps JD program disqualify me from participating in the Summer Fellowship program?
No. Equal Justice Work’s AmeriCorps JD program provides an education voucher at the end of your required service under that program. Colorado Law students accepted into AmeriCorps JD may still apply for and receive funding under our Summer Fellowship program.
Can I undertake additional work during the summer to earn more money?
With many of our fellowships, students can get additional part-time work. If you wish to pursue additional funding from another source, please note that in your fellowship application.
Where can I get information about specific Summer Fellowships?
General information is below. You should carefully review the relevant CDOnline postings once they are active for the most detailed information, including application requirements. Email announcements will be sent to the 1L and 2L class listservs announcing the application window and opening of the CDOnline postings for the Summer Fellowships.
What else do I need to know?
- Recipients receive fellowship funding through the law school’s payroll system. Required payroll taxes will be deducted. Recipients must complete all necessary payroll paperwork before leaving Boulder for the summer. Fellowship recipients will receive approval notices via email that will include details on how to navigate this process.
- Recipients of named fellowships are required to write and send a thank you letter to the sponsor of his/her fellowship by a date to be established by the law school.
- All fellowship recipients are required to submit a 1 – 2 page report to Alexia McCaskill detailing their summer experience by September 15. This report may be shared with the donor/sponsor of the fellowship or used by Colorado Law in its development efforts.
- Summer Fellowship application materials may be shared with fellowship sponsors or selection committees in some instances.
Who should I contact if I still have questions about the Summer Fellowship program?
For questions about fellowship program specifics, how to find opportunities, or pursuing a public service career, contact Alexia McCaskill. For help writing personal statements required for your application(s), contact any of the other CDO advisors.