Berkeley Law Impact Internships


Berkeley Law is inviting NGOs, government entities, and nonprofits which focus on corporate sustainability to apply to host a Berkeley Law Impact Intern for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

*Please note that Berkeley Law Impact Interns cannot be paid, but will receive academic credit for their participation in the program.

As the best public institution in the world, U.C. Berkeley is committed to its public mission and 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 can apply here.

Here are the key details:

Who can participate in the Berkeley Law Impact Internship?

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

What type of work should the Berkeley Law Impact Interns do?

  • 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 is flexible. If your organization is selected to participate, we will discuss the specific parameters with you.

What does the entity have to provide?

  • As the Impact Interns are receiving academic credit for this work, they cannot be paid. 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.

Where are these located?

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

What is the duration of the field placement?

  • 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.

How can we apply to be considered as a host?

  • 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, 2019.

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