The High School Division of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program (“SCS JIP”) 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 2021, a select group of high school students will participate in judicial internships in state and federal courts and in educational workshops. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the internship may be entirely virtual. Students will intern with a state or federal judge located in one of the five New York City boroughs. Internship hours will likely be from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., subject to the assigned judge’s discretion, from Monday through Thursday for four weeks. Students will also attend educational and professional development workshops on Fridays, likely from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Students must honor the above time commitments – whether in-person or virtual – to participate in and successfully complete the program.

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1. Be a current 11th grader (a rising 12th grader in the Summer of 2020)
2. Reside in and attend school in Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, or Staten Island
3. Have a minimum GPA of 82%
4. Timely submit application materials: Student Application Google Form, Student Transcript, Resume, Statement of Interest, and Teacher Recommendation
5. Obtain student working papers or the "Student General Employment Certificate", and email to by Friday, March 12, 2021


1. Monday, November 23, 2020 - High School Division Application Opens
2. Friday, February 12, 2021 - Deadline to Apply to High School Division
3. Friday, March 12, 2021 – Deadline to email student working papers, or the "Student General Employment Certificate", to
4. Monday, March 15 to Saturday, March 27, 2021 - High School Division Interviews
5. Saturday, May 22, 2021 - SCS JIP Orientation Virtually or in Manhattan
6. Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 30, 2021 - High School Division Internship


The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program ("Sotomayor Program") was originally started as a high school internship program and was formerly known as the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program. The Sotomayor 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 Summer of 2015. Following the completion of the 2015 internship cycle, 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.