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 Career Coaches

 

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. 

 

Firsthand (formerly Vault). Select "The Library" just below home icon on left vertical navigation menu. Click on "Guides" then select Nonprofit or Law from drop down menu to view:

Vault Guide to Nonprofit Jobs
Vault Career Guide to Law
Vault Guide to Legal Practice Areas
Vault Guide to First Year of Law School

 

Firsthand -follow directions to left then select "other industries" from drop down within Guides to view:

Vault Guide to Criminal Justice Jobs
Vault Guide to Security & Investigation Jobs
Vault Guide to Religious Ministries Jobs
Vault Guide to Public Safety Jobs
Vault Guide to Social Sciences Jobs
Vault Guide to Human Resources Jobs
Vault Guide to Social Services Jobs
Vault Guide to Elder Care Jobs
Vault Guide to Politics, Public Policy, & Activism Jobs
Vault Guide to Government Jobs
+ many more options!


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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

Senior Mediator at Toledo Municipal Court - Judges' Division
Research Data Specialist I - Indigent Defense Improvement Division at Office of the State Public Defender (CA)
22-18 Regional Water Planner (Planner III) at Texas Water Development Board
Correctional Officer - Sioux Falls, SD at South Dakota State Government
Correctional Officer - Pierre, SD at South Dakota State Government
Correctional Officer - Springfield, SD at South Dakota State Government
Correctional Officer - Yankton, SD at South Dakota State Government
Psychological Services Director (PSA OPT 6) at Illinois Department of Human Services
Contract Specialist at Federal Bureau of Investigation
Senior Assistant City Attorney at City of Sioux Falls
Western Region Executive Assistant (Executive Support Specialist 2) at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Lead Emergency Management Specialist (Recovery) at Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA
Communications and Electronics Technician at City of Sheboygan
Finance Bureau Examiner at Iowa Division of Banking
Police Officer at Supreme Court of the United States Police
Permit Clerk at City of Sheboygan
Program Support Specialist at Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Animal Control Officer at City of Sioux Falls
Police Officer at City of Burnsville
Business Manager at City of Fresno
Jail Sergeant at Aitkin County, Minnesota
Natural Resources Lieutenant - 20052324 at Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Housing Programs Specialist at Franklin County PA
Police Officer at City of Appleton
Planner I at McLean County Government
Insurance Defense Legal Assistant Opportunity at Robert Half Legal
REMOTE – Paralegal Specialist – Covid 19 at U.S. Small Business Administration
REMOTE – Paralegal Specialist – Disaster Relief at U.S. Small Business Administration
Hudson Institute Political Studies Summer Fellowship in the Theory and Practice of Politics at Hudson Institute
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - City of Toledo, OH at GovHR USA
Counseling Specialist (Service OR Rehabilitation Specialist) at Nebraska Department of Education
Environmental Scientist 5 at New York State Office of the Attorney General
Attorney at Minnesota Department of Revenue
Entry Level Jr. Paralegal Opportunity with Law Firm in Downtown LA - No Experience Required at Robert Half Legal
Patrol Officer at City of Verona, WI
Jr. Paralegal Opportunity with Law Firm in LA at Robert Half Legal
Deputy Director - Legislative Budget Office, Minnesota Legislature at Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission
AOT Policy Analyst I at State of Vermont
Telecommunicator at McLean County Government
Office Administrator at City of Columbus, IN 300917
Police Officer (U.S. Legislative Branch) at United States Capitol Police
Police Officer at Liberty Police Department
Accounts Payable Coordinator at Jackson County Missouri
REMOTE - Entry Level Loan Assistant – Disaster Relief at U.S. Small Business Administration
REMOTE - Entry Level Loan Assistant – COVID 19 at U.S. Small Business Administration
REMOTE - Entry Level Loan Specialist - Disaster Relief at U.S. Small Business Administration
REMOTE - Entry Level Loan Specialist - COVID 19 at U.S. Small Business Administration
Human Resources and Payroll Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E) at Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Recruit Police Officer/Lateral Police Officer at Phoenix Police Department
Police Officer Recruit/Police Officer Lateral at Phoenix Police Department
Director I - Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
22-03 Media and Public Relations Specialist (Information Specialist IV) at Texas Water Development Board
Starting Immediately - On-Site Jr. Paralegal Opportunity in SF at Robert Half Legal
PULSE Fellow: 2022-2023 at PULSE - Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience
U.S. Probation Officer at United States District Court Northern District of Illinois U.S. Probation Office
Police Officer at City of Henderson Police Department
Hudson River Coastal Research 2-Year Graduate Fellowship at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Police Officer at City of Columbus, IN 300917
Policy Program Coordinator at National Security Institute
Children's Services Worker- Specialized Assessments Caseworker (2749-12) at Hamilton County Job & Family Services
Youth Specialist II- Afternoon/Evening, CEDARS Pioneers Center at CEDARS
Computer Forensic Analyst (Sr. IT Professional) at Waukesha County
West Virginia State Trooper at West Virginia State Police
Police Officer at City of Cedar Rapids
Jr. Paralegal Opportunity with International Law Firm at Robert Half Legal
Federal Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Police Officer at Lawrence Kansas Police Department
Fiscal Officer II - Drug and Alcohol at Franklin County PA
Fiscal Officer II - MH/IDD/EI at Franklin County PA
Director of Procurement at Franklin County PA
Custodial Worker II at Franklin County PA
Custodial Worker I at Franklin County PA
Sentencing to Service Crewleader at Hennepin County
Correctional Officer at Dunn County WI
Indigent Defense Improvement Division -Supervising Attorney (Special Programs/Technical Assistance) at Office of the State Public Defender (CA)
Indigent Defense Inprovement Division-Supervising Attorney (Training Programs) at Office of the State Public Defender (CA)
Recreation Associate-Counselor I & II at City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources
Maintenance Worker I at Franklin County PA
Council on Foreign Relations 2022–2023 International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) at Council on Foreign Relations
Police Trainee at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Telecommunicator Trainee at Franklin County PA
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
Social Services Career Trainee at Illinois Department of Human Services
U.S. Probation Officer at U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Program Facilitator at Camp Fitch YMCA
Correctional Officer I at State of Vermont
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
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
Michigan State Police - Motor Carrier Officer at Michigan State Police
Police Officer - Entry Level at Chula Vista Police Department
Police Officer at City of Leawood Kansas
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
Trainee-Corrections Officer at Minnesota Department of Corrections
Communications Operator (Exam) at California Department of Parks and Recreation
Huron Pines AmeriCorps Service Member at Huron Pines
Regulatory Auditor Kansas City at Missouri Department of Revenue
Trooper at Illinois State Police
Police Officer at Houston Police Department
Deputy Sheriff at Henrico County Sheriff's Office

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

Spring Intern at United States Senator Sherrod Brown
Internship - Actuarial Sciences at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Political Fundraising Internship - Winter/Spring 2022 at Holloway Consulting, Inc.
Intern at Esther For Congress
Administration Intern Spring 2022 (Remote) at Iowa International Center
International Visitor Programs Intern Spring 2022 (Remote) at Iowa International Center
Spring 2022 Federal Policy Paid Internship at Hispanic Federation
Summer Communications Internship at Iowa Secretary of State
Summer Marketing Internship at Iowa Secretary of State
Spring Communications Intern at Iowa Secretary of State
Spring Marketing Internship at Iowa Secretary of State
Marketing and Communications Intern at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
Internship - Accounting - Spring 2022 at YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley
Virtual Health, Education, Labor, Pensions, Disability, and Oversight Interns/Law Clerks at U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Spring 2022 Interns at Office of U.S Senator Grassley
Nonprofit Intern at House of Hope
INROADS Financial Services Institute at INROADS
Multimedia Intern at Minnesota Historical Society
SPRING Communications Intern at Democratic Majority for Israel
Probation Undergraduate Intern at Nebraska State Jobs
Probation Graduate Intern at Nebraska State Jobs
Summer 2022 Intern - Editorial Assistant at BAE Systems, Inc.
Donor & Sponsor Relations Intern at Summer of the Arts
Spring Semester Internship at Portman Square Group
Podcast Audio Editing Intern at LatPAC
Admin Summer Intern at Glorieta Camps
Accounting and Finance Intern at LatPAC
2022 Spring Research, Analysis and Evaluation Intern (Remote) at Partnership for Public Service
2022 Spring Leadership Development Programs Intern (Remote or DC Based) at Partnership for Public Service
2022 Spring Government Effectiveness Programs Intern (Remote or DC Based) at Partnership for Public Service
2022 Spring Development Intern (Remote) at Partnership for Public Service
2022 Spring Communications Intern (Remote or DC Based) at Partnership for Public Service
2022 Spring Government Affairs Intern (Remote or DC Based) at Partnership for Public Service
2022 Spring Center for Presidential Transition Intern (Remote) at Partnership for Public Service
Correspondent Winter Intern at The Organization for World Peace
Podcast Production Intern at AgeGuide
AmeriCorp VISTA Outreach at Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association
Spring 2022 International Relations Internships at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Content Writers/Reviewer Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
SILT Intern at Sustainable Iowa Land Trust
History/Archive 2022 Summer Internship at IOKDS
Brand & Marketing Development Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Media, Design & Video Internship Opportunities (Remote) - Fall 2021/ Spring 2022 at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Photography Intern at the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
Social Media Intern at Baltimore Urban Baseball Association
Internships/Volunteer Coordinator Internship at the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
Grant Writer/Fundraiser Intern at the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
Administrative Intern at the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
3D Graphic Arts Internship at the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America
Communications Officer at NPH USA
Corporate Governance Intern at State of Wisconsin Investment Board
REMOTE Social Media Volunteer at US Autism Association
Chief Financial Officer (Remote) at Greening Forward
Spring 2022 Special Events Intern at Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
Communications Intern -> Political Science + Communications + Public Policy at National CleanUp Day / Clean Trails
Summer Internship in Washington, DC || Leadership and the American Presidency at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
Marketing Intern at Beverly Law Firm
Law Office Internship Remote (UNPAID) - August 2021 at Beverly Law Firm
International Language Program Intern Spring 2022 (Remote) at Iowa International Center
Premier College Internship Program at Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) Air Force Test Center (AFTC) - STEM
Fundraising Internship with Harvard-based Non-profit (fully remote) at humanID
Partnerships and Public Relations Internship with Harvard-based Non-profit (fully remote) at humanID
Litigation Fall Intern Remote (UNPAID) at Beverly Law Firm
Law Office Internship Remote (UNPAID) at Beverly Law Firm
Public Relations & Marketing Fall/Spring Internship (Virtual) at The Amish Heritage Foundation
Video Production Fall/Spring Internship (Virtual) at The Amish Heritage Foundation
Amanda the Panda Program Assistant Intern at EveryStep
Director Assistant - Curriculum Department at Resilience, Inc.
Public Citizen - Global Trade Watch Research Fall Internship at Public Citizen
Social Change Advocacy at Resilience, Inc.
Legal Intern Remote (UNPAID) - February 2020 at Beverly Law Firm
Grassroots Assistant at Kim Taylor for VA
Communications Assistant at Kim Taylor for VA
Research Intern/Extern at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Nonprofit Development Intern Fall 2021 at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Communications Intern Fall 2021 at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Non-Profit Fundraising Intern at Tuesday's Child
Museum Intern - winter, summer, spring, fall - (remote for the time being) at Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Development Intern at CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank
Communications Intern at CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank
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.,
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
Fundraising Coordinator (Business Development, Sponsorships, Grants) at Salute for Style
Max Kampelman Communications Fellow at Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Max Kampelman Policy Fellow at Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
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.,
Administrative Summer Intern at Camp Blessing Texas
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)
Designers: Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
ONE Campus Leader at The ONE Campaign
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
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
Program (Troop) Leader at Girl Scouts of WI Badgerland Council
Events Management Internship at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
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
Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation Internships at Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation
Visual Communication at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Social Media Internship at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Law Office Volunteer Winter Break Internships in Edison, NJ Dec 2021- Jan 2022 at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
MRC NewsBusters Paid Internship - Spring 2022 at Media Research Center
MRC Fundraising and Development Paid Internship - Spring 2022 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
Community Engagement & Outreach Internship at Aptiv
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