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.

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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

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

 

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Vault's Nonprofit Career Guide

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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 HireaHawk.com, powered by 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

Corporate Relations Coordinator at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Director of Emergency Management at DeKalb County Indiana
Spanish Interpreter at Federal Public Defender's Office, Central District of CA
19-53- Paralegal (Legal Assistant III) at Texas Water Development Board
19-65- Director of Flood Science & Community Assistance (Director III) at Texas Water Development Board
Commissioner’s Designee Unit Legal Assistant at Tennessee State Government
Office of Environmental Programs City of Phoenix - HandsOn AmeriCorps VISTA member at HandsOn Greater Phoenix
Case Analyst at The Innocence Project
Max Kampelman Fellow at Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Youth Development Specialist at GEO Group
Federal Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Research Paralegal at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Director of Emergency Communications Center at DeKalb County Indiana
Police Records Clerk at City of Sioux Falls
Assistant Canvass Director at Grassroots Voter Outreach
Associate Program Officer at Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Paralegal - Criminal Justice Reform at Southern Poverty Law Center
Legal Assistant to Deputy General Counsels at Tennessee State Government
Assistant City Attorney at Leawood Kansas
Port of Philadelphia & Baltimore- Customs and Border Protection Officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Innocence Network Coordinator at The Innocence Project
Police Officer at U.S. Capitol Police
Tax Policy Specialist at Tennessee State Government
Senior Development Associate at Center for Economic and Policy Research
Program Manager, Annual Giving at Cal Alumni Association. UC Berkeley
Corrections Officer at City of Middletown
Vet's Community Council - HandsOn AmeriCorps VISTA member at HandsOn Greater Phoenix
Chief Performance Analyst at Office of the Inspector General City of Chicago
Judicial Assistant at U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
Development (Fundraising) Assistant at Bipartisan Policy Center
Program Coordinator, Office of the President and CEO at International Research & Exchanges Board
AccessLine® Paralegal at Legal Aid of Nebraska
VYT-PHWC- Outreach and Development Coordinator VISTA at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
VYT-MCSD Resource Development VISTA at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
VYT-Collaborative Out-Of-School Time VISTA Member at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
VYT AmeriCorps VISTA Team Leader at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
Tracker/Family Support Specialist – CEDARS Tracker and Family Support Services (Bellevue, NE) at CEDARS
One Year Ecuador Community Development Fellow at Manna Project International
Entry-Level Paralegal - Downtown Broadway - NYC at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Entry-Level Insurance Defense Paralegal - Wall Street - NYC at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Legal Recruiting Assistant - NYC at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Legal Administrative Assistants – Train Legal College Grads! at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Family-Teaching Partners at Boys Town
State Trooper at ND Highway Patrol
WonderArts Spark Education and Outreach Coordinator VISTA at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
VYDC - Collaborative Youth Programs AmeriCorps Member at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
VYDC - Basement Teen Center AmeriCorps Member at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
Research/Legal Assistantship for Recent Graduate at R. Mark Frey, Attorney at Law
AmeriCorps Immigration Paralegal at The Right to Immigration Institute
Director of Investigations - Executive Agency Counsel (Job ID: 394713) at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
Associate Area Director - Orange County at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Police Officer at El Dorado Police Department
HR Assistant/Accounting Assistant – Law Firm at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
AmeriCorps VISTA at United Way of the Piedmont
Special Assistant to Development and Database Services at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Entry-Level Litigation Paralegal - White Plains, New York at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Entry Level College Graduate/Legal Administrative Assistant at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Paralegal, Legal Department at The Innocence Project
JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER I at Minnehaha County
Bilingual (English/Spanish) AccessLine® Paralegal at Legal Aid of Nebraska
Civil Rights Investigator - Housing Section at Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
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
Hearings Officer I (San Antonio) at Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Hearings Officer I (Grand Prairie) at Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Public Disclosure Coordinator - Forms & Records Analyst 3 at Washington State Department of Transportation
BTC Teen Center AmeriCorps Activity Specialist at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
Youth AmeriCorps SPACE Assistant at Washington County Youth Service Bureau
Poplar Bluff Development AmeriCorps VISTA at FosterAdopt Connect
Chillicothe Development AmeriCorps VISTA at FosterAdopt Connect
Environmental Advocacy Leader at Clean Water Action
Law Office Assistant at Rastegar Law Group
Legal and Creative Writing Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
Legal Evidence Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
Technical and Legal Writing Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
Entry-Level Real Estate Legal Assistant at Nadine Bocelli & Company, Inc. - New York Legal Staffing, Inc.
Grants Officer at Southern Poverty Law Center
Associate Area Director-Los Angeles at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Administrative Assistant - Los Angeles, California at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Area Director - Greater Washington at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Associate Area Director - Valley at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Police Officer at Dallas Police Department
Police Officer at Madison Police Department
Police Officer at Houston Police Department
Police Officer at Riverside Missouri Police Department
Police Officer at Arlington Police Department
Police Recruit - Academy at New Orleans 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
Police Officer, Portland Oregon at Portland Police Bureau
Internal Revenue Agent *12 Month Register* at Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Ranger) at CA Department of Parks and Recreation
State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard) at CA Department of Parks and Recreation
Police Officer at Hartford (VT) Police Department
Customs and Border Protection Officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Assistant Canvass Director at Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
Impact Fellowship at Impact
Marketing and Communications Associate at RAINN
AIPAC Fellow: 2 Year Position in Development - Fundraising - Sales - Relationship Building at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Diplomatic Security Special Agent 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
Police Officer at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

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

Communications & Outreach VISTA at Catherine McAuley Center
Operational Effectiveness VISTA: at Catherine McAuley Center
Educational Services VISTA: at Catherine McAuley Center
Science & Innovation Intern - Boston Consulate -Cambridge, Massachusetts at The British Embassy
Middle East Policy Internship at Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
Environmental Community Organizer at Texas Campaign for the Environment
Internship - Fall 2019 Junior Editor | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit startup, Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Fall 2019 Digital Marketing | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit startup, Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
PAID Fall 2019 Internship at Bipartisan Policy Center
Intern For US Commercial Service London at U.S. Commercial Service UK
AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, Milwaukee Succeeds at Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Internship - NARAL Opposition Research Fall 2019 at NARAL Pro-Choice America
Intern - International Affairs - Winter/Spring 2020 at Arab-American Business and Professional Association
Internship - Social Assessment/ Labor and Human Rights - Fall 2019 at Arab-American Business and Professional Association
Internship - Environmental Justice - Community Organizing - Year round at Ohio Citizen Action
Internship - Fall 2019 NARAL Internship Program at NARAL Pro-Choice America
Research & Administrative Internship at The Brookings Institution
Research & Events Internship, Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution
Community Organizer - Help Protect the Environment at Texas Campaign for the Environment
Program Intern at Everybody Wins! Iowa
Emerging Leaders Program Intern at Convention of States Action
Fall 2019 DNC Internship at Democratic National Committee
Marketing Intern at Bur Oak Land Trust
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
Internship - Fall 2019 Product Manager | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit, Harvard i-lab / MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Fall 2019 Consulting Intern | Mental Health Incubator, Harvard i-lab / MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Public Affairs and Media Internship at OECD Washington Center
Internship - Non-Partisan Political Research at Vote Smart
Internship - Fall 19 Generalist| Mental Health Incubator, Harvard i-lab / MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Fall 19 Human Resource/Talent Management, Mental Health Incubator | Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area, Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Fall 19 Social Impact | Mental Health Incubator, Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Fall 19 Mental Health Innovation Co-op| Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Graphic Design Intern at Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
Social Media Intern at Mobb United Inc.
2019 Fall Internship Position at Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa
Summer Student Volunteer at Beto For America
Internship - Tech & Innovation Talk Show Assistant at RoleModel Enterprises
Internship - International Awareness Outreach Assistant at RoleModel Enterprises
Womens Issues Talk Show Assistant at RoleModel Enterprises
Car Ownership Program Assistant (Intern) at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
External Affairs Intern at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
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
Internship - Faith Talk Show Assistant at RoleModel Enterprises
Independence Employment Navigation AmeriCorps VISTA at FosterAdopt Connect
Community Organizer - paid internship at Clean Water Action
Grants and Development AmeriCorps VISTA at FosterAdopt Connect
Donor Recognition and Stewardship Internship at Gilda's Club Quad Cities
Indie Film & Music Talk Show Coordinator Intern at RoleModel Enterprises
Internship - UI/UX Web Designer at RoleModel Enterprises
Internship - Social Impact College Campus Ambassador | Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area, Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Researcher at Mobb United Inc.
Internship - Government Leadership and Management Programs Fall 2019 at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Government Affairs Fall 2019 at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Communications Fall 2019 at Partnership for Public Service
Ronald Reagan Institute's Leadership and the American Presidency (LTAP) Fall 2019 Internship Program at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
Fall 2019 Internship Opportunity at World Food Prize Foundation
Graphic Designer Intern, Mental Health Incubator | Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area, Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health
Communications/Writer/Editor Internship Mental Health Incubator | Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area, Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health
Copywriter Intern, Mental Health Incubator | Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area, Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Digital Marketing Assistant at RoleModel Enterprises
Nonprofit Outreach Assistant Intern at RoleModel Enterprises
Capital Raising Intern, Mental Health Incubator | Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area, Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health
Human Resource/Talent Management Intern, Mental Health Incubator | Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area, Non-Profit at Ignite Mental Health
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Intern at Village of Schaumburg
FWSN Intern at Fifth Ward Saints North
Political Science Internship at United States Senator Joni Ernst
Fall Co-op Intern, Mental Health Incubator, Harvard Innovation Lab / MIT area, Non-profit at Ignite Mental Health
Entrepreneurship Intern | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit startup, Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Generalist Intern | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit, Harvard i-lab / MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Product Manager Intern | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit, Harvard i-lab / MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Internship - Social Impact | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit startup, Harvard Innovation Lab/MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Marketing Strategy Intern (3 or 6 month) | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit, Harvard innovation lab/MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Generalist Intern | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit, Harvard i-lab / MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Consulting Intern Spring/Summer | Mental Health Incubator, Non-Profit, Harvard i-lab / MIT area at Ignite Mental Health
Edison NJ Law Office Internship School Year, not summer at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Internship (Grassroots Organizing) at Democratic Congressman John Delaney’s Presidential Campaign
Marketing Recruitment Assistant or Intern at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Contributor at The Intelligence Brief
Editor (volunteer) at The Intelligence Brief
Fundraising Intern at First Ask
Organizing/LEAP Intern at First Ask
Social Media Intern at First Ask
Communications Intern at First Ask
Volunteer Coordinator at Freedom House Reentry, Education & Employment (FREE)
International Visitor Programs Intern Fall 2019 at Iowa International Center
International Language Program Intern Fall 2019 at Iowa International Center
Administration Intern Fall 2019 at Iowa International Center
Internship For National Legal Website at Evan Guthrie Law Firm
Feminist Majority Foundation Internship at Feminist Majority Foundation
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
Seaside Sustainability Environmental Business, Marketing, & Website Development Entrepreneurial Internship at Seaside Sustainability, Inc.