Internships and summer jobs can be helpful as you discern your sense of calling to pursue a legal career and determine areas where you may be interested in practicing law.

Internships in the legal profession

Internships are typically unpaid and involve 8 to 10 hours of field work as you "shadow" or assist an attorney, along with several hours of class and course work. In some instances, your internship may qualify for an independent study with the assistance of the pre-law advisor, and in some departments, your internship experience can count for academic credit. Go to our Internships page for additional information about some recent openings.

The following organizations have previously had Calvin students working as interns:

  • Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, L.L.P.
  • Dispute Resolution Center
  • Warner Norcross & Judd L.L.P.
  • Kent County Victim Witness
  • Disability Advocates of Kent County
  • Brett N. Rodgers, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee
  • Universal Forest Products, Inc.
  • CALL Immigration Services
  • Law Offices of Kelly G. Lambert III, P.C.
  • West Michigan Legal Aid
  • Brinks and Associates
  • Stenger & Stenger, P.C.
  • Justice for our Neighbors-United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan
  • Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Law Firm

Summer jobs in the legal profession

Summer jobs in law firms are difficult to obtain because firms tend to hire first, second and third-year law school students to fill those positions. However, you may be able to get a position as a legal assistant or a messenger at a firm. As Calvin is notified of open positions, links to more information are posted.

Current internship opportunities

For a listing of possible current internship openings in the general area around Calvin College, check out our internship posting page.  Additionally, internship openings may be available within Calvin’s Semester in Washington D.C. Program and through Calvin’s Career Development Office (check Calvin College Career Center homepage and access Handshake).