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.
Civil Liberties Fellowship with Michigan ACLU
One of Calvin's students recently completed a Civil Liberties Fellowship at the ACLU in their Grand Rapids office -- a part-time opportunity for the course of a school year -- and noted that the work correlated closely with a passion for social justice. The attorney in charge of the office is willing to work around student academic schedules. To find out more about this Fellowship and openings that are available, contact the Michigan ACLU, Western Branch (616.301.0930).
(Posted April, 2015)
Student Volunteers with The Legal Assistance Center
The Legal Assistance Center is a nonprofit legal self help center located in the Kent County Courthouse, helping people who are trying to solve basic legal problems or use the courts on their own. The LAC is open to the public on a walk-in basis from Tuesday to Friday each week. Staff and volunteers work directly with the public by engaging them in a conversation about their legal needs or desired outcome and then providing them with legal information, forms, resources and guidance.
Volunteers are trained in a multi-step process, beginning with a one-day classroom style training followed by individualized training during the early weeks of volunteering. Staff are always present to support volunteers while at the LAC.
Student volunteers have the opportunity to learn basic substantive law and legal procedure and to see the workings of the court from an inside perspective, viewing firsthand how the law works in the lives of ordinary people. Students also have an opportunity to work with people who have no choice but to use the legal system on their own, giving them an opportunity to make a real impact. Student volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per week (one half day, morning or afternoon) for two consecutive academic terms.The LAC will work with students to find a shift that coordinates with their class commitments.
Applications are now being accepted to volunteer from May through December, with the next training on Monday, May 4, 2015. The new volunteer schedule begins the same week. The current volunteer packet including information, the calendar, and application are available on the LAC website: www.legalassistancecenter.org.
(Posted March, 2015)
Employment in Administrative Services Department at Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones
Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones law firm is looking for someone to work Tuesday and Thursday from 8-5, [although there may be some flexibility in hours (see below)], starting as soon as possible. The position provides a great way to become familiar with the inner workings of a law office through interaction with the attorneys and staff - plus you would get to go to special law firm functions like the spring social, holiday party, etc.
Administrative Services Personnel perform a variety of administrative task under the guidance of management, including:
- Sorting and delivery of incoming USPS mail
- Posting outgoing mail throughout the day
- Copy and binding projects
- Retrieve and return client files to and from Central filing
- Inventory of office supplies, order and stock supplies upon arrival
- Serve as substitute and back up to receptionist
- Run firm errands to the courts, post office etc.
- Other special projects and tasks as requested
- Excellent customer service experience
- Receptionist experience
- Excellent organization skills
- Able to multi-task and take good direction
- Team player
Hourly wage is $10. The schedule may change every school semester depending on the student's class schedule. If you are qualified and would like to apply for the position, please contact Janice E. Murray at email@example.com.
(Posted December, 2014)
Legal Assistance with Justice For Our Neighbors
Justice For Our Neighbors - West Michigan is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, submit your resume via email to the same email address.
Diversity and Inclusion Internship with Varnum Law
Varnum Riddering Schmidt Howlett, LLP regularly offers 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 frequently a paid position, designed to meet the hourly internship requirements of Calvin (if applicable), and requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. More information is available from Varnum Law.
(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 http://henry.calvin.edu/programs/semester-in-washington-dc/ or by contacting the Semester in Washington DC Program Coordinator, Ellen Hekman.
(Posted April, 2015)
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)