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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 approximately 6 internship positions for the summer of 2019 will be accepted by email on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2019 through April 1, 2019. 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

Paralegal student internships

MIP is currently accepting applications for a paralegal student intern for Summer 2019. Paralegal interns assist with data entry and document processing, review case materials and organize files, and conduct internet research. Paralegal interns may also accompany attorneys on client visits and witness interviews.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to

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 Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.


We appreciate your interest and support! The Midwest Innocence Project is committed to providing representation of the highest quality to our clients and applicants, and as a result, we rely on the work of professionals trained in wrongful conviction investigation and litigation for our casework. We hope we can count on your support to help raise awareness and prevent wrongful convictions. You can help by signing up for our newsletter to stay informed about how to use your voice for the wrongfully convicted.