Summer 2016 Internships for Law students
Important Additional Information and Application Instructions
If you've reached this page, you are a current law student interested in applying for a summer 2016 internship with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. If you have not yet read the main page about Berkman summer internships, find it here.
If you are a student from any discipline except for law, please find information relevant to you here.
Many law schools offer funding for students who obtain public interest internships. We ask that law students applying for summer internships at Berkman also apply for summer public interest funding from their law school to cover their summer payment.
Harvard Law School students can find information about Harvard's program here; students from other schools should consult their home institution's financial office for information about public interest funding opportunities.
We invite all law students to apply for a Berkman summer internship whether or not summer public interest funding has been received.
Payment from the Berkman Center is available for some positions, and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis with candidates with whom we are exploring internships.
In our application system, we will ask you to identify the top two opportunities for which you would like to be considered. During the course of our review and interview process, we may identify a role in which you might excel but did not select in your application - if this is the case, we will discuss potential plans with you.
We will have a number of exciting positions available this summer for law students, and the various opportunities provide different ways by which interns will practice and engage legal studies. Due to the nature of the work we expect to address this summer, some of the opportunities we list on the main summer internship page will not have law students working primarily with them; law students will get exposure to these projects and will have the chance to work with them in conjunction with their primary responsibilities.
2016 Project Selection Options for Law Students
- Academic Innovation
- Cyberlaw Clinic
- Digital Finance Initiative
- Internet Governance
- Municipal Fiber Project
- Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data
- Special Projects, Urs Gasser
- Special Projects, Jonathan Zittrain
Students Studying at Law Schools Outside of the United States
We welcome and encourage applications from law students the world over, though please note that the work of our Cyberlaw Clinic requires their interns be enrolled in a J.D. program in the United States.
Applications will be accepted in the Application Tracker at: https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/apply/jobs/19?apptracker_id=17
The application deadline for all students for summer 2016 is Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Required application materials for law students include:
- A cover letter describing your skills and interests. When developing your cover letter, you may wish to consider the following questions: What has led you to pursue research with the Berkman Center and the issues we study? What would you like to gain from working with us this summer, and what will you contribute? How do you think the experience might influence your future efforts? Please feel welcome to address these and/or other topics you would like to share with us. Cover letters should be addressed to Nancy.
- A current version of your resume.
- A legal writing sample.
- The contact information for two references (professional or academic).
In order to submit an application, you will need to register an Application Tracker account or login with an existing account. Please feel welcome to forge directly into the Application Tracker, or, if you're a new user, find some step-by-step prompts to help you navigate the system below.
Application Tracker Instructions for Law Students
- Click on the application link at: https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/apply/jobs/19?apptracker_id=17
- If this is your first time at our application tool, click on the register link where it says “Log In or Register to Apply to This Job.” The link is about a quarter of a way down the page near the lefthand side.
- Fill out the required fields in the registration page and click register. After clicking register, you will be brought back to the job application page.
- Click on the link that reads “Apply to this job.” Fill out the required fields, and click save. After clicking save, you will be brought to a new page.
- On this new page, you will answer prompts under the heading “Additional Information”, and attach required documents under the heading “Job Application Materials.” When attaching your documents, you will know that your file has been uploaded when you you see the filepath to your document in the textbox.
- When you’ve double checked all of the information you have inputted into the forms and documents, take a deep breath and click the button on the bottom that says “Submit Application.”
- Congrats! You’ve submitted the application! You will receive a submission confirmation email.
- If you want to edit your submitted application before the application deadline, from within the system you can click on the “My Job Applications” tab, click on the edit link near the right side of the page, and edit your custom field answers or upload new versions of your resume or cover letter. Make sure you remember to click the “Save Edits” button to preserve any changes!