LSJ 401 Fieldwork Internship
Students are required to complete one hundred hours of service in an internship or volunteer position for the LSJ 401 course. In addition to these hours worked in the field, students are expected to complete an analytical paper, submit evaluations, and attend discussions as part of the course requirements.
The Law, Societies & Justice internship program seeks to create a connection between academic coursework and ‘real world’ experience. The objectives of the internship are to:
- Provide students with insights into the workings of law in practice;
- Scrutinize and ‘test’ some of the theories and concepts found in the academic literature against ‘real world’ practice;
- Initiate career development and goals, and
- Provide 100 hours of local community service.
Students work with a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies, including law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, courts, rights groups, policy organizations, and social support groups.
Internship Placement Process
1. Determine the quarter in which you will complete your internship. Begin goal setting and planning for your internship a minimum of 2 quarters in advance.
2. Think about the goals you want to accomplish through your internship. What skills and experiences do you want to gain? What LSJ-related topics do you want to explore in a professional setting? What type of an environment do you want to work in?
3. Use the resources on this webpage, the LSJ Adviser, your LSJ peers, LSJ alumni, and your own professional network to research potential internship locations that match your goals. Start by looking for organizations that match your interests, not just places that have internship postings. Some organizations are very willing to create an internship if they don’t have one posted! Generate a list of 3-5 locations you are interested in.
4. Set up an advising appointment to discuss your internship goals and the sites you are considering. The LSJ Adviser will provide you with direct contact information and application instructions for locations you are considering that LSJ students have interned with in the past.
5. Apply to posted internships and reach out to locations that interest you but do not have posted positions.
6. Email or meet with the LSJ Adviser for final approval of your selected internship site before accepting an offer.
7. Finalize your schedule and position description with your internship site.
8. Turn in the LSJ 401 Contract Form (PDF) and Internship Supervisor Letter to the LSJ Adviser. The paperwork deadline is always the first day of the quarter in which you plan to enroll in LSJ 401. The LSJ 401 Contract Form specifies what needs to be included in the Internship Supervisor Letter.
9. The LSJ Adviser will enroll you in LSJ 401.
10. Complete all LSJ 401 course requirements to receive credit.
The LSJ Adviser’s role is to support you during each of these steps. Please contact the Adviser at any point in your internship search if you need assistance.
LSJ 401 Course Requirements
- Complete a minimum of 100 hours of service at the internship site
- Complete the 10-12 page analytical paper following LSJ 401 syllabus instructions
- Attend weekly LSJ 401 class sessions and complete periodic short assignments
- Participate actively in career development exercises during class
- Turn in the Student Evaluation Form (PDF)
- Turn in the Site Supervisor Evaluation Form (PDF)
Recent LSJ 401 Internship Placements
This list is only a starting point; your internship site does not have to be on this list. Think as broadly as possible by considering all the various topics faculty have covered in LSJ classes. If you can see yourself writing a paper that ties together things you discussed in class with any organization you are considering, then it might work for LSJ 401. Feel free to email the LSJ adviser if you are unsure about whether or not a certain possibility will work for LSJ 401.
Use this handout from the UW Career Center to help you evaluate whether an internship posting is truly an internship and a good fit for academic credit such as LSJ 401: Evaluating an Internship Posting (PDF).
Note about Interning at Private Law Firms:
Students wishing to intern with private law firms are encouraged to do so for experience, connections, and to understand the daily practice of lawyers. However, private law firms are often seeking interns who have finished the first year or two of law school. Therefore, as an undergraduate student, you should make sure that you will be able to actually participate in an experience that will not be limited to basic clerical duties like: filing, answering phones, running for coffee, and making copies. Remember that you are looking for an experience that you can analyze at an academic level and put into conversation with the ideas explored in your LSJ classes.
Note about Background Checks:
Many internships–especially those with police departments, detention centers, and prisons–will require background checks. Some background checks are simple and some require months to complete. Plan accordingly.
Courts and Probation Services
City of Bellevue Probation
King County Drug Court
Seattle Community Court
Seattle Municipal Court
Snohomish County Juvenile Courts
Unified Family Court of King County- Superior Court
United States Probation Office
Prosecutors, Legal Services, and Legal Associations
Columbia Legal Services
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Elder Justice Center
Federal Public Defender-Western District of Washington
King County Bar Association
King County Prosecuting Attorney
King County Protection Order Advocacy Program
Legal Action Center
Northwest Defenders Association
Seattle City Attorney
Unemployment Law Project
United States Attorney’s Office-Seattle
United States Investigative Services
University of Washington Student Legal Services
Washington State Bar Association
Criminal Justice, Prisons, and Law Enforcement
Coast Guard Investigative Service
King County Correctional Facility
King County Juvenile Detention Center
King County Sheriff
Lynnwood Police Department
Naval Criminal Investigative Service- Bremerton
Renton Police Department
Seattle Police Department
Seattle Police Victim Support Team
Shelton Police Department
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
South Seattle Community College Corrections and Education Services
University of Washington Police Department
Washington State Patrol
Immigration and New Americans
Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services
Chinese Information Service Center
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
Council of American-Islamic Relations- Washington
Horn of Africa Services
International Rescue Committee
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Port of Seattle
Southern Sudanese Community of Washington
Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice
Government and Law
The LSJ Program and the University of Washington do not and cannot express political preference on any issue or election. Students are encouraged to participate in the political process and to follow their own political preference. What matters for LSJ is if the student will have a hands-on experience with their internship, something that the student can think about analytically in terms of law, crime, rights, justice, or courts in a social science perspective. See the UW Political Science Department’s Internship listings for more opportunities in this area.
Consulado de México en Seattle
King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (CourtWatch)
Seattle City Council
Seattle Human Rights Commission
Seattle Mayor’s Office
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington State Children's Administration Child Protective Services
Washington State Democratic Party
Washington State Republican Party
Non-Governmental Organizations- Social Service and Rights
Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
American Civil Liberties Union- Washington State
Books to Prisoners
Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST)
Circle of Friends for Mental Health
Corporate Accountability International
Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN)
Disability Rights- Washington
Equal Rights Washington
Families & Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims
Friends of the Children- Seattle
Habitat for Humanity
Housing Justice Project
Naral Pro-Choice Washington
New Beginnings, Ending Domestic Violence
Northwest Network for Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse
One By One
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
Rural Development Institute
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Seattle Indian Health Board
Social Justice Fund Northwest
Union Gospel Mission
Unite Here! Local 8 Union
University Beyond Bars
Urban Rest Stop
Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility
Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Washington Community Action Project
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
World Affairs Council
In addition to speaking with the LSJ Adviser, LSJ alumni, and LSJ Peers, these search engines can be helpful places to look. Remember that the best approach is to start by locating specific locations that interest you rather than immediately searching for posted internship openings.
LSJ 401 Internship Policies
- Only declared LSJ majors may enroll in LSJ 401.
- Students must enroll in LSJ 401 either 1) in the same quarter as the completion of the internship or 2) a maximum of one quarter after completion of the internship. The LSJ Adviser must give approval for non-current enrollment prior to the beginning of the internship. Retroactive credit is not granted for internships completed either prior to being an LSJ major or more than a quarter before completion of LSJ 401.
- The LSJ 401 internship site does not have to be in the Greater Seattle Area. See the LSJ Adviser to make arrangements for an out-of-state internship or an internship abroad.
- The LSJ 401 internship can be paid or unpaid. This should be specified in the Supervisor Letter.
- All internships must receive approval from the LSJ Adviser prior to enrollment in LSJ 401.
- Students will only be enrolled in LSJ 401 after the Adviser has received all required paperwork.
- Some LSJ majors may want to use hours accrued to meet an internship requirement in another major/minor toward the LSJ 401 internship requirement. This is allowable, but only under specific circumstances. Contact the LSJ Adviser for full details of this policy.