Law & Public Service

  • Do you consider yourself to be ambitious, resilient, or optimistic? 
  • Are you interested in learning about developing public policy or addressing issues through governmental initiatives? 
  • Does it sound like fun to argue legal issues or lead a civic improvement project? 
  • Could you see yourself working for a city, state, or federal agency or non-profit organization?

Careers in this community focus on public affairs, politics, and serving the community.

Meet the Community Advisors

Upcoming Events of Interest (free for students & alumni)

  • Iowa Law Expo, Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Iowa Memorial Union.  Learn more & register here.

  • International Relations Graduate School Virtual Fair - October 23, 2019.  Register & learn more about participating graduate programs.

  • Midwest Law School Virtual Fair - November 13, 2019.  Register & chat online with 20+ midwestern law schools.

Sample Industries & Occupations

Click Here to learn where Hawkeyes GO & what they DO after graduation.

Activist

Affirmative Action Officer

Arbitrator

Archivist

Campaign Manager

Community Organizer

Corrections Officer

Criminologist

Customs Officer

Demographics Analyst

 

Foreign Service Officer

Historian

Intelligence Agent

International Development Coordinator

Interpreter

Lawyer

Legal Assistant

Legislative Aide

Legislator

Linguist

 

Nonprofit Manager

Policy Analyst

Political Correspondent

Pollster

Program Evaluator

Public Administrator

Public Affairs Coordinator

Research Associate

Trade Specialist

Translator

 

To research various UI majors, minors and certificates, visit Find Your Program

The Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net contain information on duties, education and training, pay and job outlook. 

 

Vault for UI Students -Click on "Guides" to view:

Vault's Nonprofit Career Guide

Vault's Legal Practice Area Guide

Vault -Click "Guides," then "Other Industries" to view:

Vault's Politics, Public Policy & Activism 

Vault's Public Safety Guide

 

Want to put your interests to good use? Join with other students who share them. Discover student organizations which relate to law and public service at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. You can browse the database by letter or search by keyword or name for locating student organizations.

Some examples of organizations that may be of interest are:

Sociology Club

Mock Trial

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society

Undergraduate Political Science Association

Pi Sigma Alpha

Amnesty International

UI Student Government

Student United Way

United Nations Association

 

If you don’t want to join a club or don’t have the time, you can find and activities events related to your interests via After Class.

HireaHawk

Check out student employment, internships & post-graduation full-time jobs in Handshake.  Employers targeting University of Iowa students & alumni use this recruiting system to connect with you!

 

Finding opportunities to launch your career is a skill of its own.  We also have tips for the search process for volunteeringinternships, and jobs on other parts of our site and encourage you to make a career advising appointment. 

 

 

Professional organizations are a great way to explore, prepare, experience, and achieve your career interests and goals!

  • Explore - Learn what people in the industry do, talk about, and take action on
  • Prepare - Learn about job titles, companies, and organizational/thought leaders
  • Experience - Check out resources, including specialized job boards and LinkedIn groups to locate mentors and job shadowing/informational interview opportunities
  • Achieve - Polish your professional image by taking an active part in your industry’s association. Reach your goals through networking and the professional development opportunities your association provides.

Plus, professional associations often offer discounted memberships to students!

 

 

Sample of Law & Public Service Full-Time Jobs & Fellowships in Handshake

CBCF Congressional Fellowship Program at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated
ASYLUM OFFICER at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Campaign Finance Staff - Eddie Mauro for US Senate - Iowa at Eddie Mauro for US Senate 2020 - Iowa
Court Navigator(Job ID: 415839) at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Student Contractor at United States Pretrial Services
Security Officer at Boys Town
Community Development Department - Legal Administrative Technician at City of Peoria
Coordinator, Development at First Book
Environmental Community Organizer (Full-Time) at Texas Campaign for the Environment
Legal Assistant/Paralegal - Transactional at City of Jacksonville, Florida
PULSE Fellow: 2020-2021 at PULSE
Legal Assistant to Deputy General Counsel at Tennessee State Government
Jr. Analyst at Koya Law LLC
Police Officer at U.S. Capitol Police
Police Officer at El Dorado Police Department
City Attorney - Jackson, Michigan at GovHR USA
Game and Fish Warden Recruit at State of New Mexico
Program Assistant (International Program) at Center for Economic and Policy Research
Detention Officer-I at City of Mesquite
Sworn Police Officer at City of Carmel Police Department
Police Officer 2020 at City of Mesquite
Police Officer at City of Ankeny
Youth Corrections Officer I at State of Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
Associate, STEM Education & Research Policy at Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Behavioral Health Technician at Boys Town
Hudson Institute Political Studies at Hudson Institute
Correctional Officer at State of South Dakota
Police Officer (Entry-level or Certified) at City of Bryan
College Access and Success Coaching – Full Time Starting Summer 2020 at College Possible
Family-Teaching Partners at Boys Town
School Based Services Educator/Advocate at Cornerstone
Legal Administrative Assistants – Train Legal College Grads! at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Now Hiring Finance Staff - Entry Level to Experienced Roles at ApaFirm Fundraising
Legal Evidence Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
2020 Summer Law Clerk at Fredericks Peebles & Patterson LLP
Trooper at Illinois State Police
Audit Manager at Kansas Department for Children and Families
New Graduates- Team Leader Opportunity- Federal Program at FEDERAL NCCC & FEMA CORPS (National Programs)
Political Fundraising Staff Assistant at Holloway Consulting Inc.
Associate, Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resources at Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Grassroots Organizer at Clean Water Action-Michigan
Cyber Audit Manager at NYC Cyber Command
Legal Writing Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
Careers: Federal Bureau of Prisons at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Community Development Department - Development Technician at City of Peoria
Legal Administrative Assistants – Train Legal College Grads! at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Community IPM Coordinator at IPM Institute of North America
Patrol Deputy at Knox County Sheriff
Correctional Deputy at Knox County Sheriff
Research and Development VISTA at MWCDC at Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
AmeriCorps VISTA Anti-Hunger Corps Strategic Volunteerism Coordinator at Hunger Free America
Environmental Advocacy Leader at Clean Water Action
Director, Corporate Partnerships at First Book
AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Specialist at South Cumberland Plateau VISTA Project
Serve Maryland youth! Mentoring and advocacy AmeriCorps opportunity with The Choice Program at UMBC at The Choice Program at UMBC
Police Officer at Portland Police Bureau
College and Internship Developer at Children's Relief International
Junior Paralegal at Robert Half Legal
Short-Term Teams Mobilizer at Children's Relief International
Families in Transition-Volunteer and In-Kind VISTA at Families in Transition VISTA Program
Copper Cannon Camp-Development VISTA at Families in Transition VISTA Program
Harbor Homes-Development VISTA at Families in Transition VISTA Program
Youth Council-Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA at Families in Transition VISTA Program
CASA of NH Communications Assistant VISTA at Families in Transition VISTA Program
Fundraising and Communications AmeriCorps VISTA at Exodus Lending
Chillicothe Development AmeriCorps VISTA at FosterAdopt Connect
Law Office Assistant at Rastegar Law Group
Police Officer at Dallas Police Department
Police Officer at Madison Police Department
Police Officer at Riverside Missouri Police Department
Police Officer at Arlington Police Department
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Trainee at Kansas Highway Patrol
Deputy Sheriff at Henrico County Sheriff's Office
Memphis Police Officer at City of Memphis
Police Officer at City of Sioux Falls
Internal Revenue Agent *12 Month Register* at Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
AmeriCorps VISTA School Garden Network Coordinator at South Cumberland Plateau VISTA Project
Police Officer at Hartford (VT) Police Department
Customs and Border Protection Officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Sample of Law & Public Service Internships & Student Employment Jobs in Handshake

World Law Internship Program (Winter/Spring 2020) at World Service Authority
Social Media, Communications, and PR Internship (Winter/Spring 2020) at World Service Authority
Indonesia: English Teacher and Teacher Trainer at Peace Corps
Specialized Probation Officer at Nebraska State Jobs
Spring 2020 Public Policy/Global Affairs Internship at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
CBCF Congressional Internship Program at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated
Congressional District Intern at Office of Congresswoman Cindy Axne
D.C. Part-Time Intern at Office of Congresswoman Cindy Axne
D.C. Summer Intern at Office of Congresswoman Cindy Axne
PROGRAM INTERN: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP at Vital Voices Global Partnership
Spring 2020 Legal Affairs Internship at DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Spring 2020 Homeland Security and Preparedness Internship - DC HSEMA at DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Spring 2020 Administration Internship - DC HSEMA at DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation Internship at Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
Public Affairs Internship - Spring 2020 at Hudson Institute
Part – Time Sports Internship – Spring 2020 at Opportunity on Deck
Social Media and Communications Intern at Iowa Literacy Council
Research and Editorial Internship at Political Research Associates
Entrepreneurship Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health
Product Manager Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health
US DOJ, Environment & Natural Resources Division, LPS Intern at U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Law & Policy Section
Human Resource /Talent Management Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health
Events and Communications Internship, Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution
Intern, Health Promotions (IA #1920-22) at The American Lung Association
Case Manager at U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
Development Intern (IA #1920-21) at The American Lung Association
Marketing & Communications Assistant at True Friends
Health Center Coordinator at True Friends
Office Coordinator at True Friends
Intern at Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Paid Spring 2020 Internship at Bipartisan Policy Center
DOC Intern - Unit Manager at State of South Dakota
Strategic Communications and Outreach Internship at UNHCR Washington, DC
Internship - Government Affairs/Presidential Transition Spring 2020 at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Research, Analysis and Evaluation Spring 2020 at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Government Leadership and Management Programs Spring 2020 at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Development Spring 2020 at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Communications Spring 2020 at Partnership for Public Service
DOC Intern - Correctional Officer at State of South Dakota
Graduate Student Assistant (Law Student Intern) JC-171702 or JC-171635 at Office of the State Public Defender (CA)
EMILY's List Spring Internship 2020 at EMILY's List
Summer Patent Engineer at Foley & Lardner LLP
Social Media Marketing Intern at Summer of the Arts
Nonprofit Management Intern at Summer of the Arts
Graphic Design and Photography Intern at Summer of the Arts
Communications Intern at Summer of the Arts
Visual Communication at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Social Media Internship at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Child Enrollment Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley
Artist Relations Intern at Summer of the Arts
Research Associate I at GradVote
External Relations and Communications Internship at OECD Washington Center
Project Assistant - Nurturing Young Innovators and Technopreneurs at International Centre for Technological Innovations (ICTI)
Project Assistant - Microfinance and Social Enterprises at International Centre for Technological Innovations (ICTI)
Project Assistant - Innovation Systems and Higher Education at International Centre for Technological Innovations (ICTI)
Project Assistant - Farmer Producer Organisations at International Centre for Technological Innovations (ICTI)
Project Assistant - Community Development through Tourism at International Centre for Technological Innovations (ICTI)
Communications & Marketing Intern at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Business Services Communications Internship at Iowa Secretary of State
Communications Internship at Iowa Secretary of State
Nonpartisan Research Internship at Vote Smart
MRC Business Internship - Spring 2020 at Media Research Center
Remote Nonpartisan Research Internship at Vote Smart
Constituent Intern at Office of the Governor of Iowa - Kim Reynolds
NARAL Pro-Choice America Campaigns Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Communications Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Development Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Digital Design Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Executive Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Organizing Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Research Internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America Social Media Intern at NARAL Pro-Choice America
Spring 2020 Internship/Clerkship Opportunities for Undergrad, Grad, and Law Students at U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
IT internship at Catherine McAuley Center
Spring 2020 DNC Internship at Democratic National Committee
Intern - International Student Exchange, Leadership Pratice at International Research & Exchanges Board
Photography Internship at Heartland Camp
2020 Paid Contracts Summer Internship at BAE Systems, Inc.
2020 Summer Associate Program at Institute for Defense Analyses
Summer 2020 Undergraduate Legal Internship at ArchCity Defenders
Undergraduate Internship - Consumer Protection Division (Summer Term) at Office of the Iowa Attorney General
Undergraduate Internship - Consumer Protection Division (Spring Semester) at Office of the Iowa Attorney General
Congressional Summer Internship at College to Congress
Winter Term Videography Intern at Students for Carbon Dividends (S4CD)
Winter Term Communications Intern at Students for Carbon Dividends (S4CD)
Law Office Volunteer Winter Break Internships in Edison, NJ at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Winter Term Marketing and Graphic Design Intern at Students for Carbon Dividends (S4CD)
Digital Media Team: Writer at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Donor Relations Summer Internship at International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons
MRC Latino Internship - Spring 2020 at Media Research Center
Water Justice Advocate - Paid Internship at Clean Water Action-Michigan
MRC Culture Internship - Spring 2020 at Media Research Center
MRC Marketing Intern - Spring 2020 at Media Research Center
MRC NewsBusters Intern - Spring 2020 at Media Research Center
MRC Fundraising and Development Intern - Spring 2020 at Media Research Center
CNSNews.com Internship - Spring 2020 at Media Research Center
Senegal: Forestry and Environment Change Agent at Peace Corps
Guatemala: Community Economic Development Facilitator at Peace Corps
Zambia: Maternal & Child Health and HIV/AIDS Educator at Peace Corps
Indonesia: English Teacher and Teacher Trainer at Peace Corps
Environmental Business, Website Development, & Marketing Entrepreneurial Internship at Seaside Sustainability, Inc.
Startup GP Management Internship at Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Intern at Knox County Sheriff
4K for Cancer at Ulman Foundation
Student Trainee (Management Analyst) at Defense Information Systems Agency
Community Organizer - paid internship at Clean Water Action
Public Service Intern at City of Chicago Department of Buildings
Product Manager (recent grad) @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health
Human Resource/Talent Management (recent grad) @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health
Program Intern at Everybody Wins! Iowa
Political Team Intern at Marsy's Law for All
Communications Team Intern at Marsy's Law for All
Legislative Policy Intern at Marsy's Law for All
Car Ownership Program Assistant (Intern) at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Associate Podcast Producer & Interviewer for traveling exhibition and international educational initiative at The Creative Process
Associate Podcast Producer & Interviewer for traveling exhibition and international educational initiative at The Creative Process
Grants and Development AmeriCorps VISTA at FosterAdopt Connect
Donor Recognition and Stewardship Internship at Gilda's Club Quad Cities
Internship - Researcher at Mobb United Inc.
Internship at The Carter Center (Sessions Offered in Fall, Spring, or Summer) at The Carter Center
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Intern at Village of Schaumburg
FWSN Intern at Fifth Ward Saints North
Political Science Internship at United States Senator Joni Ernst
Generalist Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health
(Non-Paid )- Internship-Business Management (NonProfit Organization) at Self-Discovery Pain, Positioning & Purpose Inc
Edison NJ Law Office Internship School Year, not summer at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Income Tax Site Manager or Intern at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Intake & Resource Specialist - Tax Clinic (Internship Available) at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Income Tax Preparer (VITA Volunteer) or Internship at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Contributor at The Intelligence Brief
Editor (volunteer)(two positions available) at The Intelligence Brief
Events and Social Media Internship in Sweden at The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA
Political Fundraising Summer Intern at Holloway Consulting Inc.
Volunteer Coordinator at Freedom House Reentry, Education & Employment (FREE)
Summer 2019 Special Events Intern at Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
International Language Program Intern Fall 2019 at Iowa International Center
Internship For National Legal Website at Evan Guthrie Law Firm
Volunteer and Logistics Management Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Special Events Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Music Instructor Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Marketing and Communications Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Major Gifts Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Grants Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Donor Care Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Development Department Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Environmental Business, Marketing, & Website Development Entrepreneurial Internship at Seaside Sustainability, Inc.