“We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are 'isolated.' They are the canaries in the coal mine whose deaths, civil and literal, warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere. They are the ones who recognize that unlawful police stops corrode all our civil liberties and threaten all our lives. Until their voices matter too, our justice system will continue to be anything but.”  - Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting in Utah v. Strieff

The Sotomayor Internship Program Issued - Statement on Recent Events - June 6, 2020

Who are we?   The Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (SCSJIP) seeks to cultivate and develop future leaders by placing high school and law school students from underserved communities and diverse backgrounds in judicial internships in state and federal courts in the NYC area.
How do we make a difference?    For the interns placed with SCS JIP, the opportunities that come with the program are endless.  In addition to attending various structure activities, such as observing court proceedings and participating in education workshops, our interns are provided direct access to some of the nation’s preeminent legal minds who practice law at the highest levels – something that students from underserved communities are infrequently exposed to.
Why should you give?  Because opportunities such as these are extremely limited, we engage in a thoughtful and deliberate process to ensure that the students who are selected are in the best position to maximize the experience. However, because this is an unpaid internship, many of the students that are best suited for the opportunity are not in a position to forego a paying job for the summer regardless of how promising the opportunity may be. Your contribution allows SCSJIP to provide our interns with a stipend that defrays the opportunity cost associated with participating in an unpaid internship.

The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for your financial donation.

Important Dates


  • Monday, November 23, 2020 – High School Division Application Opens
  • Friday, February 12, 2021 – Deadline to Apply to High School Division
  • Friday, March 12, 2021 – Deadline to email student working papers, or the "Student General Employment Certificate", to hsapplications@scsjip.org
  • Monday, March 15 to Saturday, March 27, 2021 – High School Division Interviews (Note: Only those candidates selected to advance will be interviewed)
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 – SCS JIP Orientation (Virtual)
  • Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 30, 2021 – High School Division Internship

COLLEGE DIVISION, in partnership with the Ron Brown Prep Program at St. John's Law

  • January 20, 2021: Application opens - Click here for the Application
  • February 17, 2021: Early Application Deadline
  • February–April 2021: Applications accepted on a rolling basis/Rolling Interviews
  • May 22, 2021: Orientation
  • June 2021: Judicial Internship
  • July 2021: LSAT Bootcamp
  • Fall 2021: Crush the LSAT!


  • Application period opens beginning November 16, 2020
  • December 29, 2020 - Law School Interns Early Decision Application Deadline - Click Here for the Application
  • January 22-23, 2021 - Law School Intern Interviews
  • SCS JIP will continue rolling interviews and offers for the law school division, as necessary, until all slots have been filled. 
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 – SCS JIP Orientation (Virtual)

Indira Mohabeer & Pretima Persaud, High School Student Division

"What was the most important piece of advice Justice Sonia Sotomayor shared with you?"

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Pretima Persaud, High School Student Division

"Which Friday workshop did you enjoy the most and what did you learn?"

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Pretima Persaud, High School Student Division

"What gave you an edge in your application process for the SCS JIP, High School Division?"

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Colleen Kelly Faherty, Law School Student Division

"What kind of advice would you give to someone about to embark on a judicial internship?"

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Indira Mohabeer, High School Student Division

"What three skills did you learn or develop during your internship?"

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Kamille Go, Law School Student Division

"What did you like most about your particular internship placement?"

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Next Steps...

Reach out to us to apply to our programs or to sponsor our students.