Internships

Law student internships

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), a non-profit legal services organization based in Kansas City, MO, offers full-time law student summer internships. These internships are unpaid, but applicants with independent funding through their law schools or other scholarship programs are encouraged to apply.

Legal interns will be assigned cases to manage and move forward under supervision of MIP’s legal staff. While interns will assist in all aspects of litigation, including fact development, legal research, drafting motions for DNA testing and other post-conviction relief, case management, and client interaction, a large part of any legal internship will involve investigation work on individual cases.

Ideal applicants will be highly motivated, energetic self-starters, who have the ability to work independently, along with a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Applications will be accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls. Applications for 6 internship positions for the summer of 2017 will be accepted by email on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2017 through March 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org.

Paralegal student internships

MIP accepts 1-2 paralegal student interns for fall and spring semesters. Paralegals manage casefiles, review case materials and compile information in memos and charts, conduct internet research, and prepare hearing and litigation materials. Paralegal interns may also accompany attorneys on client visits and witness interviews.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.

Communication internships

MIP also accepts undergraduate and graduate students for communications internships. Interns assist in drafting media and newsletter content and updating and maintaining social media and website pages. Interns may accompany staff to meet clients for content development.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.