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Summer Interns Program

The application period for the 2019 Summer Internship program is closed.

Dates for the 2019 Summer Interns Program are Monday, May 20th to Friday, July 26th for 40 hours per week. Start and end dates may be flexible, if required.

Summer interns are unpaid. They are eligible for all public interest fellowships including law school summer public interest funding programs that may be available through their schools (these vary by school) and Equal Justice America (EJA) and through other opportunities listed on resources such as PSJD. FLPC program staff will support accepted candidates with whatever paperwork is needed from the sponsoring organization for these applications.

The summer internship program takes place at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, located at 1607 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on the Harvard Law School Campus.

 

Information about the Food Law and Policy Clinic:

Established in 2010, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) addresses the health, environmental, and economic consequences of the laws and policies that govern our food system. FLPC strives to increase access to healthy foods, supporting sustainable production and regional food systems, and reduce waste of healthy, wholesome food. As the oldest food law clinical program in the United States, the FLPC is a pioneer in the field of food law and policy, and serves as a model for lawyers and law schools entering this field. FLPC is also a leader in the laws and policies surrounding food waste, FLPC interns have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects focused on reducing food waste at the national, state and local levels.

The following four initiatives are an expression of our dedication to resolving the environmental, public health, and economic consequences of our food system:

  • Community Food System Planning
  • Food Access and Nutrition
  • Reducing Food Waste
  • Sustainable Food Production

Summer interns in the Food Law and Policy Clinic have the unique opportunity to engage in action-based learning to gain a deeper understanding of the complex challenges facing our current food system. Interns get hands-on experience conducting legal and policy research for individuals, community groups, and government agencies on a wide range of food law and policy issues, and are challenged to develop creative legal and policy solutions to pressing food issues, applying their knowledge from the law school classroom to real-world situations.

Examples of project areas include providing policy guidance and advocacy trainings to state and local food policy councils, assessing how agricultural legislation could increase economic opportunities for local and sustainable producers, recommending policies to increase access to healthy food for low-income communities, identifying and breaking down legal barriers inhibiting small-scale and sustainable food production, drafting state and federal legislation to reduce the amount of wasted food, and drafting model legislation to promote better wages for restaurant workers, and recommending policy opportunities to support dignity and equity for food system workers.

FLPC interns have the opportunity to practice a number of valuable skills, including legal research and writing, drafting legislation and regulations, commenting on agency actions, public speaking and trainings, and community organizing, among others. Interns also have the opportunity to travel to meet with clients; for example, FLPC travels to work in places like Mississippi, West Virginia, and Navajo Nation, among others.