Berkeley Law Impact Internship Program

Host an Intern

The Business in Society Institute and the Berkeley Law Field Placement Program invite NGOs, government entities, and nonprofits that focus on corporate sustainability to apply to host a Berkeley Law Impact Intern for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

As the leading public research university in the world, UC Berkeley is committed to its public mission of teaching, research, and public service. In furtherance of that mission, Berkeley Law students are encouraged to seek opportunities to put their legal training into serving the public good. In light of the recent evolution of corporate purpose as well as the private sector’s growing commitment to environmental and social issues, Berkeley Law students are demonstrating strong interest in corporate sustainability. In response to student interest, The Business in Society Institute, in collaboration with our Field Placement Program, is launching a new initiative to enable these students to scale their impact at sustainability-focused NGOs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and across the U.S. and world.

Interested organizations may apply here.

Key Details

  • Berkeley Law 2nd year & 3rd year J.D. students
  • Government entities, non-profits, or foundations. For-profit companies may not participate.

The interns should work under the supervision of an attorney on any environmental, social, or governance issue. The specific topic and way that the work is structured are flexible. If your organization is selected to participate, we will discuss the specific parameters with you.

As the Impact Interns receive academic credit for this work, they cannot be paid. The value of the internship for the student is that the entity will expose the interns to emerging impact areas. We understand that each field placement opportunity varies. However, entities are expected to provide meaningful supervision and feedback during the duration of the internship.

Anywhere! The Impact Interns are expected to work on the premises, but the work can happen anywhere in the world.

We generally expect the internships to span 14 weeks during the semester. Our Fall semester runs from Aug 19 – Nov 22. Our Spring semester runs from Jan 13-April 17.

  • If you are interested in hosting a Berkeley Law Impact Intern in your organization for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020, please fill out our application by March 15, 2020.

For questions, please email Danielle Santos, Research Associate in the Business in Society Institute, at


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