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What internships should I be looking for to build an intriguing law school application?

I just graduated high school, and will be attending Johns Hopkins in the fall hoping to major in International studies. I’ve already had an internship at a law office, where I’m now employed. What type of internships should I be on the look out for in the Baltimore area? I only know of law office internships, and want to know what other opportunities there are to show interesting experience on a law school application #law #law-school #government #pre-law #political-science #international-studies

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Austin’s Answer

Hi Manuel,

Great question and great major! I also majored in international studies and I too am interested in going to law school. Interning is a great way to get good work experience and learn new skills so it’s nice to see that you are looking to intern during your time in college. A law office is definitely a good place to intern at, but I recommend looking towards the federal government to intern at as well. I know out of personal experience that the federal government offers many different internships with different departments and agencies. I interned twice with Department of State and once with Department of Commerce and they were great experiences. Two of those internships were even overseas!! Federal government experience is applicable to a wide variety of things and looks really good on a law school application.


If if you haven’t already, create an account on USAjobs.gov and search for internships. There’s a tab that lists all the different opportunities for students so be sure to look under that section. Also, if you are interested in specific departments or agencies be sure to visit their webpages for internship opportunities.


I hope this this helps and I wish you the best of luck!!


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Austin

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Senya’s Answer

You already have some great answers here.

I also studied International Relations when I was in college. As an addition, look into non-profits for internships and volunteering throughout the academic year. There are many international and domestic non-profits located in the US that are oftentimes looking for interns (just keep in mind these are often unpaid).

In addition, your college is a great source to find internships. Look into joining clubs that interest you - oftentimes, they will promote internships or your fellow students will mention organizations that may spark your interest. Also, check out the academic departments and career center in your college - in addition to prepping you for an internship with helpful resources like resume writing and mock interviews, your college will often learn of available internships and post those in their digital or in-person centers. They may even have job fairs for the summer so make sure to inquire! Good luck!

Senya recommends the following next steps:

Create an account on USAgov.jobs or indeed.com. Browse internships and volunteering opportunities.
Research government or international non-profits. Check out their website or email/call center for available internships
Look to volunteer in organizations throughout the academic year
Visit your college department and career center - ask about their resources including job portals, job fairs, and interview/resume help
Join an extracurricular club that interests you! It's a great way to stay connected and find a network of individuals similar to yourself!
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