Summer Interns Program

The application period for the 2018 Summer Internship program is currently closed for the Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Health Law and Policy Clinic.



Dates for the 2018 Summer Interns Program are Monday, May 21st to Friday, July 27th for a minimum of 40 hours per week. There is some flexibility with regard to start and end dates as long as summer interns make at least an eight-week commitment.

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 in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.


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, support small-scale and sustainable farmers in breaking into new commercial markets, 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.

FLPC focuses on the following four policy areas to address the environmental, public health, and economic consequences of our food system:

  • Food Policy Community Empowerment
  • Food Access and Obesity Prevention
  • 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. FLPC interns apply their knowledge from the law school classroom to real-world situations.

Examples of projects include: providing policy guidance and advocacy trainings to state and local food policy councils, assessing how food safety regulations could be amended to increase economic opportunities for small local 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, and drafting state and federal legislation to reduce the amount of wasted food.

FLPC interns have the opportunity to practice valuable skills, such as legal research and writing, drafting legislation and regulations, commenting on agency actions, engaging in public speaking and trainings, and community organizing. Interns may 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.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 summer internship program.


Information about the Health Law and Policy Clinic:

The Health Law and Policy Clinic advocates for legal, regulatory, and policy reforms to improve the health of underserved populations, with a focus on the needs of low-income people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities. HLPC is a clinical teaching program of Harvard Law School and mentors students to become skilled, innovative, and thoughtful practitioners and leaders in health and public health law and policy. Interns will be integrated into HLPC’s ongoing projects, and may assist in:

  • Analyzing the potential impact of proposals to reform or replace the Affordable Care Act,
  • Providing law and policy analysis that informs state advocacy strategies to protect Medicaid, 
  • Developing a national litigation strategy for anti-discrimination and improved access, 
  • Implementing public health policies that target social determinants in order to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities, and
  • Investigating best practices for initiatives to increase access to treatment and service programs serving vulnerable populations.

Interns will produce written products and develop policy analysis, research, writing, and presentation skills. The Program integrates formal assignments with informal opportunities to learn more about working in health law & policy and pursuing a public-interest career.

All students are encouraged to apply for public interest fellowships or similar funding scholarships that may be available through their schools. HLPC will support accepted candidates with paperwork as needed from the sponsoring organization. Additional support may be available through HLPC for those unable to secure sufficient funding.

The program is open to all actively-enrolled law students, with a few slots potentially available to students enrolled in other graduate- and undergraduate-level programs.  Students should have a demonstrated interest in health law & policy. 

HLPC is dedicated to mentoring a culturally-diverse generation of health advocates and encourages people of color, people with diverse abilities, immigrants, people living with chronic illness, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 summer internship program.