Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship & Fellowship Program
Applications for the 2023 MLK, Jr. Summer Internship Program are now being accepted on a rolling basis.
IMMEDIATE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: PLAN, Inc. is currently seeking candidates for a two-year Martin Luther King, Jr. program fellowship position to be hosted by the MidPenn Legal Services’ Reading Office. More Information
Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program is available to first- or second-year law students who are social justice oriented and desire an opportunity to make a difference. Qualified applicants are awarded placements with legal aid organizations throughout our Network and paid a program stipend of $7,500.
The internship program was established by the Pennsylvania Legal Services Black Caucus in 1991. It is an integral part of our commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within our organization and Network and to ensuring that all people are afforded the equity of being able to access justice regardless of their ability to pay. Over the last thirty years, our program has successfully grown with the care of several stewards to support more than 400 law students.
The internship begins with a two-day poverty law orientation training in May. During the ten-week program, interns engage with clients directly, participating in court and administrative hearings (for those certified) and conducting legal research and writing on cases under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys. As a valued member of staff, interns are encouraged to participate in case strategy and contribute to ongoing case management.
The program also provides interns with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and learn about the special challenges faced by low-income and marginalized communities. In turn, interns provide valuable legal services to the clients in the offices where they are placed.
Ten placements for the 2023 MLK, Jr. Summer Internship Program are available this year. Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.
If you would like to join the class of 2023, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and three professional references to Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq., PLAN, Inc. Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship Program
Reception & 30th Anniversary Celebration
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. hosted a Recognition Reception for the 2022 class of Martin Luther King, Jr. Interns on July 27, 2022 from 6:00 PM-7:15 PM. The event also served as a 30th Anniversary Celebration of the MLK, Jr. Internship Program.
Featured Speaker for the event was Pennsylvania State Representative Patty Kim, 103rd District.
Initiated in 1991 by the Pennsylvania Legal Services Black Caucus, the program has provided mentorship and support to 402 law students since its inception.
You can view a recording of the event below.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program
In 2003, an evaluation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program revealed that while the internship experience has been a very positive one for PLAN, students, clients and programs; the goal to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity within the programs was not being realized.
In response, PLAN created the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship program in 2004. In partnership with a sponsoring regional or specialty program, law school graduates and attorneys who are new to practice are hired as full-time staff attorneys for a two-year fellowship.
Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program.
In addition, loan repayment assistance up to $11,000 is available during the first two years of employment.
PLAN hired the first MLK Fellows in fall of 2004.
The MLK Fellowship is not a two year limited employment program. It is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in a long term public interest career.
Third year and recent law school graduates may indicate their interest in the MLK Fellowship program by sending a letter expressing interest; a resume; a writing sample; an official transcript; and three (3) references to:
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101