Students – Finding a Placement
Students take the lead in arranging their field placements, often in consultation with the faculty instructor. We seek placements and supervisors committed to approaching internships as important educational experiences for students.
Government agencies and offices are eligible placements; trade unions, courts, and nonprofits are not eligible for this course. For 2021-22, legislative offices are eligible placements as well. Each student explores placement possibilities, secures an offer from a potential placement, and applies to the instructor for approval of the proposed placement and supervisor. The instructor contacts the proposed supervisor to discuss the program requirements and invite the supervisor to participate. Once the placement and supervisor are approved, the student is authorized to register for the course. While students are encouraged to arrange their internships as early as possible, we recognize that some students may not secure placements until shortly before the semester begins. We will make every effort to accommodate students.
There are many ways to identify potential field placements:
- The recommended approach is to consult with the faculty instructor, Helen Gaebler. She is committed to helping each student find a placement to meet their individual goals.
- Search on Symplicity for postings for unpaid positions that may qualify for academic credit.
- To get ideas for possible host organizations, review Recent Internship Placements in Austin Area (for fall/spring/summer) or Recent Internship Placements Outside of Austin Area (for summer).
- Consult with Mindy Finnegan, the counselor for government positions, in the Career Services Office.
- Review the list of Public Service Expo Participating Agencies and Organizations and other resources maintained online by the Career Services Office.
- Conduct online research to find government offices doing law-related work related to your interests.
Once a potential placement has been identified, a student should contact the office directly to inquire about interning there in connection with this course.