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

 

Sample Industries & Occupations

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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.

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

Police Officer (U.S. Legislative Branch) at United States Capitol Police
General Supply Specialist (Resolution Specialist) at Defense Logistics Agency
Quality Assurance Specialist at Defense Logistics Agency
Quality Assurance Specialist at Defense Logistics Agency
Pretrial Services Adult Probation Officer at McLean County Government
Emergency Communications Dispatcher Trainee at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Jail Eligibility List at Chippewa County
Digital Equity Coordinator (Coordinator III) at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Operations Manager - Office of Youth Violence Prevention (Commissioner's Staff Rep) at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Staff Planner at City of Bryan
Telecommunicator Trainee at Franklin County PA
Jr. Paralegal Opportunity with International Law Firm at Robert Half Legal
Senior Deputy City Attorney - Litigation at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Senior Public Service Admin, Opt 6 - Deputy Director State Central Register at Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Contract Specialist (GS-07) at U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Contract Specialist (GS-09) at U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Fiscal Officer II - MH/IDD/Ei at Franklin County PA
Correctional Officer (Job ID# 16810) at South Dakota State Government
Toll Budget Manager (WMS 02) at Washington State Department of Transportation
Deputy City Attorney - DOJ at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Affordable Housing and Houselessness Policy Manager - Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Judicial Assistant to Chief Judge Diane S. Sykes at U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
Secretary II at Johnson County
DAPP Case Management Specialist at Franklin County PA
FDA Global Food Safety Data Science Fellowship at US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Social Services Career Trainee at Illinois Department of Human Services
Social Services Career Trainee at Illinois Department of Human Services
Social Services Career Trainee at Illinois Department of Human Services
Civil Service Testing for Sheriff Deputy at Johnson County
Social Services Career Trainee at Illinois Department of Human Services
Social Services Career Trainee at Illinois Department of Human Services
Equitable Development Analyst (Analyst II) at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Hearings Officer at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Developmental Disabilities Service Coordinator - Wahoo at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Human Resources Consultant, Employee Relations Investigator at City of Austin - Corporate Human Resource Department
Information Access and LINK Services Coordinator at Franklin County PA
Mechanical and Industrial Technology at US Navy
Police Officer at City of Mason City
Student Contractor at United States Pretrial Services
Police Officer at Village of Woodridge Police Department
City Economist at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Counter Threat Automation-Developer at NYC Cyber Command
Director of Community Safety – Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler (Commissioner’s Staff rep) at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Strategic Projects Manager (Analyst III) at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Jail Officer Position at Jones County Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff at Jones County Sheriff
On-Site Jr. Paralegal Opportunity with Immigration Firm in San Francisco at Robert Half Legal
Deputy Sheriff at Linn County Sheriff's Office
Security Officer at Hennepin County
Police Officer at City of Fort Dodge
Children's Services - Assessment Supervisor (2693-12) at Hamilton County Job & Family Services
Program Facilitator at Camp Fitch YMCA
Correctional Officer I at State of Vermont
Trial Presentation Consultant at Z-Axis
Paralegal/Legal Assistant/Legal Writer at Immigration Lawyers, P.C.
Forestry Superintendent at City of Wheaton
PULSE Fellow: 2021-2022 at PULSE - Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience
Mental Health Therapist - Lincoln Youth Facility at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Marine Corps Officer Training for Students and Graduates at United States Marine Officer Programs Iowa City, IA
Attorney at Blake Fulton Quackenbush, PC
Jailer/Dispatcher ONGOING RECRUITMENT at Taylor County, Medford, WI
Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Police Officer at City of Sioux Falls
Probation and Parole Agent: Job ID 1466 at State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
State Police Motor Carrier Officer at Michigan State Police
Police Officer - Entry Level at Chula Vista Police Department
Entry level Police Officer at Hartford (VT) Police Department
Child Welfare Specialist at Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Mentoring and Advocacy AmeriCorps opportunity with The Choice Program at UMBC at The Choice Program at UMBC
Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Trainee-Corrections Officer at Minnesota Department of Corrections
Communications Operator (Exam) at California Department of Parks and Recreation
Judicial Assistant to Chief Judge Diane S. Sykes at U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
Food Service Worker - YRTC-K at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Trooper at Illinois State Police
Police Officer at Houston Police Department
Deputy Sheriff at Henrico County Sheriff's Office
Diplomatic Security Special Agent at U.S. Department of State
Security Technical Specialist (Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technician) at U.S. Department of State
Information Management Specialist at U.S. Department of State
Facility Manager at U.S. Department of State
Office Management Specialist at U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State Consular Fellows Program at U.S. Department of State

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

Copy Editor at Alliance for Citizen Engagement
Public Service Internship - Planning & Community Development at City of Texarkana, Texas
Fall Semester Internship at Portman Square Group
Social Justice and Administrative Intern at The Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Fall 2021 DNC Voter Protection Internship at Democratic National Committee
Fall 2021 DNC Design Internship at Democratic National Committee
Amanda the Panda Program Assistant Intern at EveryStep
Social Services & Outreach Coordinator Fall Internship Mexico at AsylumConnect
Fall 2021 Internship at The Raben Group
Internship at Inkululeko
Grant Writing Assistant Fall Internship at AHA Foundation
Special Collections Assistant Internship - Iowa City at State of Iowa - Department of Cultural Affairs
State Archives Internship - Des Moines at State of Iowa - Department of Cultural Affairs
Annals of Iowa Editorial Internship at State of Iowa - Department of Cultural Affairs
Public Citizen - Global Trade Watch Research Fall Internship at Public Citizen
Spring 2022 Internship at The Carter Center
Social Change Advocacy at Resilience, Inc.
Legal Intern Remote (UNPAID) at Beverly Law Firm
Middle East Policy Fall Internship: Maxwell Graduate at Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
Grassroots Assistant at Kim Taylor for VA
Communications Assistant at Kim Taylor for VA
Research Intern/Extern at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Congress Watch Advocacy Internship at Public Citizen
Congressional Spring 2022 Internship at College to Congress
Social Media and Graphic Design Manager at Friends of the Animal Center Foundation
Marketing and Public Relations Internship (Fall 2021: In-Person & Remote) at World Citizen Government
World Law Internship Program (Fall 2021: In-Person & Remote) at World Citizen Government
Nonprofit Development Intern Fall 2021 at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Communications Intern Fall 2021 at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Fall Internship - Correspondent at The Organization for World Peace
Non-Profit Fundraising Intern at Tuesday's Child
Museum Intern - winter, summer, spring, fall - (remote for the time being) at Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Convention of States Intern at Convention of States Action
Podcast Production Intern at LatPAC
Environmental Advocate - Paid Internship at Clean Water Action
Development Intern at CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank
Communications Intern at CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank
International Visitor Programs Intern Fall 2021 (Remote) at Iowa International Center
Administration Intern Fall 2021 (Remote) at Iowa International Center
International Language Program Intern Fall 2021 (Remote) at Iowa International Center
Research & Fund Development Internship/ Grant Writers at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
IT Technical Support Internship Opportunities (Remote) - Summer/Fall 2021 at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Policy Analyst Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
App Design & Development Internship Opportunities (Remote) - Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Content Writers/Reviewer Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Internships/Volunteer Coordinator Internship at YAAANA -- Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
International Emerging Market Trip Volunteer at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Program Design & Event Management Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Program Design & Development (Sustainable Wealth Module) Interns at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Family Recruitment and Admin Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Emergency Assistance Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Communication and Journalism Internship at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Social Services Impact Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

ASSOCIATE ENVIRONMENTAL PODCAST PRODUCER & INTERVIEWER - FLUENT ITALIAN SPEAKER SOUGHT at The Creative Process

ASSOCIATE ENVIRONMENTAL PODCAST PRODUCER & INTERVIEWER - FLUENT SPANISH SPEAKER SOUGHT at The Creative Process

ASSOCIATE ENVIRONMENTAL PODCAST PRODUCER & INTERVIEWER - FLUENT FRENCH SPEAKER SOUGHT at The Creative Process

ASSOCIATE ENVIRONMENTAL PODCAST PRODUCER & INTERVIEWER at The Creative Process
Associate Editor for podcast, traveling exhibition and international educational initiative at The Creative Process
Business Development Intern (Grant Writing, Outreach, Fundraising) at Salute for Style
State Advocacy Lead at STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
Administrative Intern at YAAANA -- Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
Grant Writer/Fundraiser Intern at YAAANA -- Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
Photography Intern at YAAANA -- Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
Environmental Writer, CleanUps and Outdoors at National CleanUp Day / Clean Trails
South Korean Speakers (Hangul) for Business Development Internship at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Youth Services Support Internship at Aptiv
Internship at New Orleans Police Department
HR/Admin/Finance & Accounting Intern at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Business Development Internship at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Intern with Conservative Public Policy Organization in Washington, D.C. at Family Research Council
Journalist at AiGoLearning
Communications Intern at Association for Community Empowerment Solutions (ACESWorld)
Program Management Intern at Association for Community Empowerment Solutions (ACESWorld)
Program Intern at Association for Community Empowerment Solutions (ACESWorld)
Gender Equality Data Collaborative (GEDC) Intern at Association for Community Empowerment Solutions (ACESWorld)
Spring or Summer Intern (Generalist, remote) | National Social Impact Accelerator - Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Mental Health Innovation Digital Campus Leader at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Designers: Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with Changing the Present to Support Veterans at Changing The Present
Public Relations Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
College Programs Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Regional Director (Unpaid) at The Borgen Project
Advocate (Unpaid) at The Borgen Project
Writer/Journalist Internship (UNPAID) at The Borgen Project
HR Internship [Remote, UNPAID] at The Borgen Project
Nonprofit Leadership Internship (UNPAID) at The Borgen Project
Political Affairs Internship (UNPAID) at The Borgen Project
Public Relations/Marketing Internship (UNPAID) at The Borgen Project
Act of Valor Foundation Internship at Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation
Social Media & Communications Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
Fall Internships available for ”Edison Law Office Internship“ to replace Metuchen Public Defender Internship at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Intern or Volunteer - Help Veterans at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Help Catholic Charities and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer to Support Children and Youth at Changing The Present
Intern/Volunteer for Animal Rights at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with Changing The Present to Gain Experience and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
A Wedding and Bridal Internship / Volunteer Role at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Help Latino Charities and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org Support Christian Charities and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Help End Hunger! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Education and Make a Difference in Students’ Lives! at Changing The Present
Intern with ChangingThePresent.org to Support LGBTQ Rights and Make a Difference!  at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Mental Health Awareness and Treatment to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Disaster Relief to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Graphic Design Internship Join Changing The Present to Get Experience and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support African-American Nonprofits! at Changing The Present
Intern with Free The Textbooks to Gain Experience and Lower the Cost of Textbooks For Millions of Students! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support African-American Nonprofits! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Recruit Celebrities and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Jewish Charities and Make a Difference at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer to Fight Cancer at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support African-American Nonprofits! at Changing The Present
Intern with Free The Textbooks at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Education and Make a Difference in Students’ Lives! at Changing The Present
Intern/Volunteer for Animal Rights at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Mental Health Awareness and Treatment to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Recruit Celebrities and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern with ChangingThePresent.org to Support LGBTQ Rights and Make a Difference!  at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Jewish Charities and Make a Difference at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer - Help Veterans at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer at Changing The Present
Intern to Help End Hunger at Changing The Present
Intern - Catholic Charities at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Disaster Relief to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support African-American Nonprofits! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org Support Christian Charities and Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Education and Make a Difference in Students’ Lives! at Changing The Present
Special Events Intern at GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley
Program Intern: Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship at Vital Voices Global Partnership
Visual Communication at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Social Media Internship at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
MRC Latino Paid Internship - Fall 2021 at Media Research Center
MRC Graphic Design Paid Internship - Fall 2021 at Media Research Center
MRC NewsBusters Paid Internship - Fall 2021 at Media Research Center
CNSNews.com Paid Internship - Fall 2021 at Media Research Center
Internships, Nonprofit government reform at Mandate Democracy Foundation (501c3)
Property Management Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Fall 2021 Law Office Internship Edison, NJ in person, not virtual at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
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
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