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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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

Corrections Officer I at Lansing Correctional Facility
Corrections Counselor I at Lansing Correctional Facility
Correctional Officer at South Dakota State Government
Staff Attorney /Special Assistant Attorney General(Job Id 14103) at South Dakota State Government
Police Officer at El Dorado Police Department
Police Officer - United States Legislative Branch at United States Capitol Police
Assistant Commissioner of Court Services at Toledo Municipal Court - Judges' Division
FT FEMALE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER ELIGIBILITY LIST at Aitkin County, Minnesota
College Success Coaching – Full Time Starting August 2020 – Mankato, MN at College Possible
Assistant City Attorney at City of Appleton
Student Contractor at United States Pretrial Services
Federal Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Police Officer at City of Mason City
Paralegal or Judicial Assistant to Circuit Judge Diane S. Sykes at U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
Library Services Coordinator VISTA at AmeriCorps VISTA of Fairbanks
Reentry Program Associate VISTA at AmeriCorps VISTA of Fairbanks
Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation District Project Development Specialist VISTA at AmeriCorps VISTA of Fairbanks
Program Support Assistant at U.S. Small Business Administration
Legal Assistant at U.S. Small Business Administration
Paralegal Specialist at U.S. Small Business Administration
Volunteer Coordinator VISTA at Shelter House
Police Officer at City of Seattle Police Department
Internships & Careers at the Federal Highway Administration at Federal Highway Administration
IRS Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) at Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation
High School Coach – College Access – Full Time Starting August 2020 at College Possible
Community Development VISTA with the City of Spartanburg at United Way of the Piedmont
Legal Assistant at Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Donor Communications Specialist at United Way of the Piedmont at United Way of the Piedmont
Mentoring and Advocacy AmeriCorps opportunity with The Choice Program at UMBC at The Choice Program at UMBC
Community Engagement VISTA at United Way of the Piedmont at United Way of the Piedmont
State Park Peace Office Cadet (Ranger/Lifeguard) at California Department of Parks and Recreation
Memphis Police Recruit PR134 at City of Memphis
Litigation Paralegal at Smith Johnson Allen Connick & Hansen
ThrivAlaska Development/Communications Coordinator VISTA at AmeriCorps VISTA of Fairbanks
Love INC Development & Communications Coordinator VISTA at AmeriCorps VISTA of Fairbanks
AmeriCorps/VISTA Marketing and Event Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County
Trooper Trainee at Kansas Highway Patrol
Entry Level Police Officers at Madison Police Department
Police Officer - Recruit (Entry Level) at Chula Vista Police Department
TEDX Media Fellow (Science/Technology) at TED Conferences
Sheriff's Detention Deputy at Hennepin County
Associate Attorney at Rastegar Law Group
Trainee-Corrections Officer at Minnesota Department of Corrections
Platoon Leaders Class and Officer Candidates Course at United States Marine Officer Programs Iowa City, IA
Summer Camp Specialist - Photography, Lifeguard, High Challenge, Arts & Crafts, Garden, Nature at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Summer Camp Day Camp Counselor at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Fundraising Specialist VISTA at Saving KidSight
Jr. Analyst at Koya Law LLC
Trooper at Illinois State Police
Child Welfare Audit Manager at Kansas Department for Children and Families
New Graduates- Team Leader Opportunity- Federal Program at FEDERAL NCCC & FEMA PROGRAMS (NATIONAL)
Political Fundraising Staff Assistant at Holloway Consulting Inc.
Research Analyst at The Expert Institute
Assistant at Rastegar Law Group
Police Officer at Dallas Police Department
Police Officer at Houston Police Department
Police Officer at Arlington Police Department
Deputy Sheriff at Henrico County Sheriff's Office
Memphis Police Officer at City of Memphis
Cabin Director (Camp Counselor) at South Mountain Christian Camp
Diplomatic Security Special Agent at U.S. Department of State
Security Technical Specialist (Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technician) 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

Remote Social Media Internship - Project Management (unpaid) at Alien Attorney
Audit Intern at U.S. Customs and Border Protection
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AMERICORPS VISTA at Food Bank of Iowa
Data Scientist at Charpstar at The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA
Internship in the Division of Budget & Finance (multiple positions available) at International Atomic Energy Agency
Digital Media Team: Writer at Leading Women of Tomorrow
VIRTUAL Fall 2020 International Relations Internships at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Health Care Value Intern at Families USA
Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Support Veterans to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Spanish English Bilingual Legal/Administrative Assistant at Immigration Lawyers, P.C.
Sustainability Advocate - Political Organizer - Internship at Ohio Citizen Action
Fall Associate and Emerging Leaders Conference at 21Wilberforce
Communications Summer Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
City of Phoenix Choice Neighborhood and HandsOn Greater Phoenix VISTA member at HandsOn Greater Phoenix
Internship - Fall 2020 - Project Management/Human Resources at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Fall 2020 - Center for Presidential Transition at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Fall 2020 - Government Affairs at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Fall 2020 - Research, Analysis and Evaluation at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Fall 2020 - Government Leadership and Management Programs at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Fall 2020 - Communications at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Fall 2020 - Development at Partnership for Public Service
Campaign Intern or Volunteer (Remote Opportunities Available) at Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick For Congress
Public Relations Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
On Campus Civic/Political Engagement at Democracy Matters Institute
Registration Supervisor - Lincoln at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Fall 2020 Marketing Conference at Out For Undergrad
Fall 2020 CHLI Global Leaders Internship at Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
Air Force Premier College Intern Program - Installation Engineering and Environmental at Air Force Civilian Service
Communications/Events Coordinator Intern at Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce
AudioVisual Archivist Intern at Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Student Intern at United States Pretrial Services
Intern at U.S. Department of Commerce - U.S. Commercial Service Germany
Internship at The Carter Center (FALL 2020) at The Carter Center
College Programs Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Undergraduate Clinical Internship -Spring 2021 at Tuesday's Child
Regional Director (Unpaid) at The Borgen Project
Advocate (Unpaid) at The Borgen Project
Writer Internship (UNPAID) at The Borgen Project
Journalism Internship (UNPAID) at The Borgen Project
HR Internship (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
Public Service Intern at City of Chicago Department of Buildings
Program (Troop) Leader at Girl Scouts of WI Badgerland Council
Criminal Justice Reform Internship at REFORM Alliance
Fall Internship - Imerman Angels Bilingual Cancer Support Intake Specialist at Imerman Angels
Fall Internship - Imerman Angels Cancer Support Intake Specialist at Imerman Angels
Fall Internship - Imerman Angels Outreach at Imerman Angels
Fall Internship - Imerman Angels Event Development at Imerman Angels
Youth Program Specialist at Hawkeye Area Council, BSA
Business Internship with Act of Valor Foundation at Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation-A virtual Internship
Nonprofit Communication & Development Internship at Daraja Education Fund
Intern - Coordination, Planning, Analytics and Policy Analysis – Executive Office of the Secretary-General at United Nations
Development & Events Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
Marketing Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
2021 Summer 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
Designers: Intern or Volunteer 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
Iowa Insurance Division Internship at State of Iowa Commerce Department - Iowa Insurance Division
Internship Teachers at Astar Education Institute
Legislative Affairs Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Generalist Intern (recent grad) @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Graphic/Creative Designer Summer Internship at The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA
UX & WebDeveloper Summer Internship at The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA
Content Developer Summer Internship - unpaid at The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA
Ms. Social Media Internship at Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. Magazine
Ms. Editorial Internship at Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. Magazine
Public Relations Internship at Alien Attorney
Content Creation Internship at Alien Attorney
FMF Internship at Feminist Majority Foundation/Ms. Magazine
Student Internship Opportunities Available for Fall 2019/Spring 2020 at PACE Runs, Inc.
Entrepreneurship Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Product Manager Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Human Resource/Talent Management Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Visual Communication at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Social Media Internship at Planned Acts of Kindness, Inc.
Mental Health Campus Advocate | Harvard Innovation Lab VIP Incubated Mental Health Non-Profit Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Photography Internship at Heartland Camp
Internships, Nonprofit government reform at Mandate Democracy Foundation (501c3)
Human Resource/Talent Management (recent grad) @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Social Activism Campus Ambassador @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP Incubated Mental Health Non-Profit Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Operations Intern @ Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Non-Profit Mental Health Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Marketing/Communications & Advocacy Campus Ambassador | Harvard Innovation Lab VIP Incubated Mental Health Non-Profit Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Associate Podcast Producer & Interviewer for traveling exhibition and international educational initiative at The Creative Process
Mental Health Campus Advocate | Harvard Innovation Lab VIP Incubated Mental Health Non-Profit Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Political Advocacy Campus Ambassador | Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Mental Health Non-Profit Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Internship - Researcher at Mobb United Inc.
Marketing/Communications & Advocacy Campus Ambassador | Harvard Innovation Lab VIP Incubated Mental Health Non-Profit Startup at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Social Impact & Advocacy College Campus Ambassador | Harvard Innovation Lab VIP incubated Mental Health Non-Profit Organization at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Fall Law Office Internship 2020 at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Contributor at The Intelligence Brief
Editor (volunteer)(two positions available) at The Intelligence Brief
Political Fundraising Summer Intern at Holloway Consulting Inc.
Refugee Assistance-Dominican Volunteer at Dominican Volunteers USA
Domestic Violence Advocate-Dominican Volunteer at Dominican Volunteers USA
International Visitor Programs Intern Fall 2020 at Iowa International Center
International Language Program Intern Fall 2020 at Iowa International Center
Administration Intern Fall 2020 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