Summer Interns Program

Dates for the 2021 Summer Interns Program are Tuesday, June 1st to Friday, August 5th 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 2021 summer internship program will likely take place virtually.

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. 

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. Interns are also 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 and reduce sugar consumption in at the local and state level; 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; recommending strategies for reducing global food loss and waste through stronger food donation laws; drafting model legislation to promote better wages for restaurant workers; and identifying 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.


We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until January 21, 2021.

Applicants should complete this online form and submit the following materials in one consolidated pdf or word document to aardura@law.harvard.edu.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample