The High School Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program encourages diverse and underrepresented high school students from communities among the five New York City boroughs to pursue careers in the law.

In the Summer of 2019, approximately thirty high school students will participate in judicial internships in state and federal courts, educational and professional development workshops, and mentorship opportunities. The students will intern with a state or federal judge located within one of the five New York City boroughs from Monday through Thursday for four weeks. The hours will likely be 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., subject to the individual judge’s discretion. On Fridays, the student interns will meet for educational and professional development workshops at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Students are expected to honor these time commitments to participate in the program.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Current 11th grade student (rising 12th grade student in the Summer of 2019)
  2. Reside in and attend school in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island
  3. Minimum GPA of 82%
  4. Application Materials: Online Google Form, Transcript, Resume, Essay, and Teacher Recommendation
  5. Available to attend SCS JIP Orientation in person on Saturday, May 18, 2019

About the SCS JIP High School Division

The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program was founded in 2014 by Celina Cabán Gandhi as part of her work with the Ms. JD Fellowship Program. With the guidance and support of Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin and the Justice Resource Center, the High School Program hosted seventeen students its first year, and it more than doubled in size its second year. In August 2015, the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program merged with the high school program to form the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, adding a law school internship component. As part of this merger, high school students have access to an expanded network of judges, law students, and mentors.