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Pre-Law at Calvin: Internships

Currently available internships

Internship openings will be posted as the Pre-law Program is notified of the opportunities. Additional internship options may be available through Calvin's Career Development Office; contact Beth Cok to inquire.

The following postings were provided to the Calvin Pre-law Program by the sponsoring firm or organization. The openings may have been filled since posting, but Calvin pre-law students are encouraged to contact the company to determine current availability.

Legal Assistance with Justice For Our Neighbors

Justice For Our Neighbors - West Michiganis a faith-based ministry of service involving diverse individuals, cultures, and faiths who come together through the United Methodist Church to welcome newcomers to U.S. communities. JFON is accepting applications for a Legal Assistant who will work for the Site Attorney performing general office operations and client management support in the Grand Rapids office. Spanish fluency is neccessary. The paid position is for $20 hours per week, and the work hours are flexible. For additional information, consult the job posting.

(Posted October, 2014)

Internship with Brinks Law Firm

The Brinks Law Firm in Kentwood, Michigan is seeking a student intern. Job responsibilities include:
learning to write a business letter; reviewing written materials on law and ethics; working on client matters and working directly with clients; practicing telephone skills in the legal field, including analysis of issues presented by callers, projection of professionalism, problem solving and the supervisor of Sharon Brinks and her legal assistant; reviewing and updating websites and social media

They will consider a first year Calvin student who is interested in Pre-law. Keyboarding and phone skills are important. For additional information, contact To apply, submit your resume via email to the same email address.

(Posted July, 2014)

Diversity and Inclusion Internship with Varnum Law

Varnum Riddering Schmidt Howlett, LLP is offering Fall 2014 internships in their law office. The positions are intended to launch and encourage the recipients' future legal careers, including providing exposure to social and cultural integration into the legal field. Applicants must be in their sophomore or junior year of college, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have demonstrated a significant commitment to issues of ethnic or racial diversity and inclusion -- or be members of an ethnic or racial minority. The internship is a paid position, designed to meet the hourly internship requirements of Calvin (if applicable), and requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Applications are due February 28, 2014 for the Fall 2014 position.

(Posted January, 2014)

Internships in Washington D.C.

Pre-Law students who are interested in securing an internship and exploring the field of law should consider Calvin's Semester in Washington D.C. Program. Each spring, Calvin students spend time in the nation's capital, working four days each week in internships that have been selected to meet their interests and career goals. On the fifth day, they visit fascinating places and meet people who are putting their religious faith to work in public policy arenas around the world. Calvin students have worked in a wide variety of organizations and fields, including law firms as well as in numerous positions that interact with the legal field.

More information is available at at or by contacting the Semester in Washington DC Program Coordinator, Ellen Hekman.

(Posted January, 2014)

Ottawa County Legal Self-Help Center

The Legal Self-Help Center of Ottawa County is looking for an unpaid intern beginning January 6, 2014 to assist the public and answer questions regarding court policies and procedures. The interns will provide information about various legal maters and will also assist patrons in filling out forms. The internship can be completed in the Center's Grand Haven, West Olive, or Holland offices. Applications are due by October 4, 2013. For more information.

(Posted September, 2013)

Allegan County Legal Assistance Center

The ACLAC offers internship opportunities assisting patrions with legal matters in various areas, providing an excellent way to enhance practical knowledge about the civil courts and their different procedures. th eCenter is a grant and donation-funded intiative and non-profit organization targeting Allegan County residents who need legal assistance but cannot afford an attorney. The ACLAC offers unpaid, part-time internships. For more information.

(Posted August, 2013)

Assist Disability Advocates

The Access Department of Assist Disabiltiy Advocates is looking for an unpaid intern to aid the department with research, drafting documents, communicating with clients, and providing general office assistance. For more information.

(Posted August, 2013)

Internship with Renovo Law, PLLC

Renovo Law, PLLC, a law firm located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan is seeking a student intern for the spring 2013 semester. The applicant must have an interest in law and attention to detail. To apply, students should contact Robert F. Kurtycz.

(Posted January, 2013)

Internship with Alles Law Firm

Alles Law is a Grand Rapids-area law firm headed by Tim Alles (located at 4380 Brockton SE) which specializes in matters related to estate planning, elder law, veterans' pension benefits, and business formation and succession. The firm is seeking a paid intern for approximately 10 to 15 hours per week (including at least 4 hours on Fridays). Duties will include: marketing responsibilities (maintaining Facebook presence, corresponding with clients through mailings, relationships with referral resources, writing for the website, maintaining customer relationship management software); administrative tasks (compiling client information in Excel, completing forms, answering phones when needed); and client interaction. Candidates must have experience working accurately with numbers, excellent writing skills, and a professional demeanor in person and on the telephone.

To apply: email resume and cover letter to Tim Alles at Alles Law

(Posted January, 2013)

Law Internship reserved for Calvin College pre-law student

Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge, a large firm in downtown Grand Rapids, offers one annual law internship specifically to a pre-law student from Calvin College. All sophomore through senior-level pre-law candidates are welcome; diverse candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The firm has been in existence since 1941, and delivers outstanding expertise, exceptional efficiency and specailized practice areas in a full range of legal matters. The internship is unpaid and requires 10 to 15 hours per week between February 4 through April 26, 2013. It is expected that the student will be participating in the internship for academic credit. The internship will involve courtroom observation, research, writing, and clerical work. It is expected that the student will complete some type of semester project and will write an article to be published in the firm's client newsletter regarding recent Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decisions in an area of law of particular interest to the student. This opportunity will provide an introduction to law firm operations and exposure to a number of practice areas in the field of law. Interns are expected to be punctual and professional, motivated, willing to ask questions, and looking for a challenge.

To apply: email resume and cover letter to Laurie Lemmen in Calvin's Career Development Office

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 30, 2012

(Posted November, 2012)