Are you looking for funding to help support an unpaid internship this summer? If so, the Equal Justice Works (“EJW”) AmeriCorps JD Program might be right for you. This is a funding source that is going underutilized, and the priority deadline to apply is next Friday, April 15!
The EJW AmeriCorps JD Program provides law students with the opportunity to provide much needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities all over the country. Supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides all types of civil legal assistance. Members mainly focus their service on Equal Justice Works’ priority areas, which include removing barriers to employment and housing, serving the legal needs of veterans, and providing disaster relief.
To be eligible to participate, you must secure your own placement at a nonprofit organization or government agency, then fill out a brief application, perform at least 300 service hours at that organization or agency, and submit a short report on your activities. In return, you will receive an education award of $1,222 that can be applied to your tuition or student loans. It is important to note that internships for which you will receive class credit or NOT eligible, but you may receive outside funding up to $4,300 and still be eligible for the education award.
Qualifying organizations include those that host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows or privately-funded Equal Justice Works Fellows (click here for a list of current Fellows and host organizations), those that are funded by the Legal Services Corporation, State Offices of Veterans Affairs, and Veterans Treatment Courts. For an example of an AmeriCorps JD Member in action, please review one of the AmeriCorps JD Success Stories.
Interested students can fill out the brief application here. If you need helping finding an internship, you can go here. For more information about serving as an AmeriCorps JD Member, including education award benefits, please visit I want to apply to Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD. If you have questions about AmeriCorps JD, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Shannon O’Bryan (email@example.com) in the Career Center.