SLS Internships

SLS Internship Description

Our interns work closely with attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, and other staff in all aspects of a case. This may include sitting in on intakes, drafting correspondence, conducting research, and attending hearings. Interns are also expected to assist and participate in SLS outreach events and trainings. Interns will get real-world experience in various areas of law and learn how to work in a professional setting.
 

Intern Expectations

  • Ability to maintain highly confidential information in a trustworthy and professional manner
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Provide outstanding client service
  • Develop and maintain consistent work hours
  • Perform tasks that they are given to the best of their capabilities
     

Minimum Requirements

  • Good academic standing and ability to work independently
  • Two professional, personal, or academic references
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong interpersonal communication and writing skills

Per PSU policy, SLS interns are must pass a background check.

For more information about internships with SLS, contact slms@pdx.edu  
 

SLS Internship FAQ

Q: How many hours a week is the SLS Internship?

A: 12-20 hours per week as arranged. This is dependant on the requirements of the academic department through which you seek credit. For more information about seeking credit for internships, please speak to your major department or academic advisor.

Q: Is this internship paid? Can I receive academic credit?

A: This is not a paid internship. You may be able to seek college credits for completing this internship. For more information about seeking credit for internships, please speak to your department or academic advisor.

Q: During which terms is this internship offered? 

A: The SLS internship is offered every term, including summer. 

Q: When can I apply for next term’s internship?

A: Applications will go live by the second week of term for the following term’s internship. The application deadline will fall shortly after registration opens for the following term.

Q: Is this internship offered remotely during COVID-19 closures?

A: Yes. The SLS internship is offered remotely during any terms that our physical office space is closed. When our office in SMSU reopens, this internship will return to taking place in person.

Other Educational Opportunities

Besides our internships, Student Legal Services offers educational programming including:

The Explore the Law Program- a two-term program in partnership with the Political Science Department and the Oregon State Bar which pairs students with attorney mentors and curates panels and learning sessions to help students prepare for law school and beyond.

Educational presentations on legal topics- we offer an array of educational sessions either on campus or in webinar formats throughout the year. Check out our Events page to see what presentations are coming up soon!