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Summer Internship Program: Justice & Law

Applied Politics

Program Includes:

  • Justice or Law Internship in Washington DC (4 days per week)
  • Seminar in Justice & Public Law utilizing the experts in Washington, DC (3 credits)
  • Optional Research Project on the topic of your choosing (3 credits)
  • Faculty hold academic appointments in the School of Public Affairs
  • Housing with American University or you can make your own independent housing arrangements

The Program in Justice & Law  

Using Washington DC as its laboratory, this program exposes you to the most ardent political and social debates in the field of law and justice - from abortion to the role of the federal government. Washington DC is home to many experts and institutions focused on justice and law. Through the Justice and Law seminar, you'll have a rare opportunity to see inside these organizations and personally debate with many experts in the field. You'll have a chance to practice what you learn in the real-world through your internship, where you'll make connections and gain insights into the practical applications of the theories you'll study. If you wish to focus on a specific topic, the research project provides the perfect venue for you, assisting you in your area of specialization. This comprehensive look at public law and justice will help you prepare for your future career, while earning academic credits, valuable associations, and professional experience.

The Internship in Justice & Law

We have a large database of internships available only to our Summer Internship Program participants. Your internship will allow you to build your résumé, provide you with experience that can distinguish you from the competition, and help you open doors to the career you've always wanted.

Sample of our Internships:

  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of
  • Inspector General
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Steptoe and Johnson (Law Offices)
  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations
  • Environmental Protection Agency – Criminal Enforcement
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • Women for Women International
  • Justice Policy Institute
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
  • National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
  • Center for Justice and International Law
  • Local and U.S. District Court Judges
  • U.S. Marshals U.S. Office of the Attorney General
  • Local and U.S. District Court Judges
  • Grassroots Campaign, Inc.
  • American Prosecutors Research Institute

The Seminar in Justice & Law

You'll experience a unique learning environment in our Justice & Law seminar. Instead of learning solely from a text book, you'll meet with experts in justice and public law both in class and on-site in Washington DC. You'll see how individuals with a love of law and justice have turned their passion into their profession, and how their contributions bridge the gap between the old and the new.

Sample Seminar Topics:

  • Law Enforcement
  • The Court System
  • Alternatives to the Court System
  • Sentencing and Corrections
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gun Control
  • The War on Drugs
  • Free Speech: The Press and the First Amendment
  • The Debate Over Prayer in Schools
  • Privacy Rights
  • Abortion and the Right to Life
  • Equal Protection: Race and Gender
  • The Role of the Federal Government
  • Money and Elections
  • Interest Groups and Lobbyists
  • The Federal Court System and Due Process
  • Separation of Church and State

The Research Project in Justice & Law (Optional)

For this optional research project, you'll have the opportunity to go out into the field and interview some of the leading professionals, providing you access to inside information that you cannot find anywhere else. This research project is a chance to delve deeper into an issue that you care about, as well as earn extra credits to help you graduate on time. Your choice should reflect what you're passionate about and encourage critical thinking to help you become a specialist in your field.