Washington, D.C., is an exciting and dynamic place to practice law. Suffolk Law students now have an opportunity to enhance their academic and legal experience by taking advantage of all that the legal community in the Washington, D.C. area has to offer. The Washington, D.C., Summer Internship Program has been established to achieve this goal.
This Program will be held during the Suffolk University Law School Summer Session. Students earn 2-5 credits (45 hours per credit) during the summer session at approved internships in the Washington, D.C., area. The internship placements can be located in private firms, corporations, governmental, non-profit or for-profit agencies. In addition, the student intern will be required to attend a two-credit class component as a requirement of participation in this new program. The class component will be taught by a Suffolk University Law School faculty member and the class will be held in the Washington, D.C., area. The law student will be responsible for all their living expenses in the Washington, D.C., area.Students may enroll in this program up until the Summer Session add/drop deadline.
Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program Information sheet
The Washington, D.C., Summer Internship Program provides an opportunity for Suffolk Law students to intern (unpaid) in our nation's capital while earning academic credit.
- Timetable: The Washington, D.C., Summer Internship Program will be held during the Summer Session.
- Credit Hours: Students may earn 2-5 credits (45 hours per credit) during the summer session at approved internship placements in the Washington, DC area.
- Approved Internship Placements: The internship field placements may be located in private firms, corporations, governmental agencies as well as non-profit and for-profit agencies.
- Application Procedure: A student's cover letter, resume and writing sample will be sent to any potential field supervisor for review for a possible summer internship placement. The potential field supervisor may contact the student directly for an interview or Attorney Mary E. Sawicki of Suffolk University Law School, the facilitator of the Washington, DC Summer Internship Program, will assist to coordinate an interview between the student candidate and the potential field supervisor.
- Role of Field Supervisor at Approved Placement: Field Supervisors are asked to provide substantive legal assignments designed to develop the students' legal skills as well as serve as a legal mentor to the student. Field Supervisors will be asked to sign and review time logs that are prepared by the student as well as to complete a final written evaluation of the student at the end of the internship.
- Role of Suffolk Law Faculty Member: Mary E. Sawicki, Practitioner in Residence will oversee the field work and serve as a professional guide for the students. Attorney Sawicki will also teach the legal internship class component that is a requirement of the Washington, D.C., Summer Internship Program.
- Class Component: In addition to working in a field placement internship, the student intern will be required to participate in a two-credit class component Legal Process and Practice Washington as a requirement of participation in this new program. The class component will be taught by Suffolk University Law School Practitioner in Residence Mary E. Sawicki, Esq. and the course will be held in the Washington, D.C., area.
- Student Housing/Living Expenses: The law student will be responsible for all their housing and living expenses in the Washington, D.C., area.
- For More Information Contact: Mary E. Sawicki, Practitioner in Residence, Washington, DC Summer Internship Program, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Suite 165, Boston, MA 02108, Phone: 617-305-3080, Fax: 617-305-6209, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student arranges and has a personal meeting with attorney Mary Sawicki prior to application for an internship.
During interview, internship options are narrowed and program resources are made available. Attorney Sawicki indicates which internships would be acceptable and which are appropriate for 2-5 credits. Students must be supervised by an Attorney in their Washington, D.C. area field placement.
Student conducts additional research necessary to be a well-informed applicant for each internship. Student applies for internship, interviews with potential supervisors, and selects internship.
Student provides field supervisor with Field Supervisor Agreement Letter (available in application packet) confirming his/her participation in the Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program. Student and field supervisor agree upon weekly schedule and number of hours.
Student submits completed Placement Approval Form, a signed copy of the Field Supervisor Agreement Letter, and a Conflict of Interest Form to the Internship Office for approval. Mary Sawicki reviews and considers approval and discusses with student accompanying class component, Legal Process and Practice Washington.
Mary Sawicki signs Placement Approval Form permitting enrollment in the Washington, D.C., Summer Internship Program.
Application Packets are available in the Internship Office, 120 Tremont St., Suite 165. All forms needed are included in the application packet.
Past Placements in DC
In past years, Suffolk Law students have been chosen to intern in the following agencies and offices. Placements vary each year.
- Office of U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.
- Cochran Law Office
- Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (energy law, bankruptcy, litigation)
- Boat People, SOS, Inc.
- The Roosevelt Group
- Department of the Navy
- Transportation Safety Administration
- Office of Housing and Urban Development