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

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

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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

Deputy Sheriff Eligibility List at Walworth County Wisconsin
ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY at Woodbury County Human Resources
Administrative Support Specialist at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Indiana)
Administrative Support Specialist at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Indiana)
IJC 2021 Community Fellowship at Immigrant Justice Corps
Entry level Police Officer at Hartford (VT) Police Department
Self-Help Center Clerk at Minnesota Judicial Branch
DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND COMPLIANCE at Office of the Inspector General City of Chicago
Civil/Criminal Justice Intervention Advocate at Cornerstone
Corrections Officer I at Lansing Correctional Facility
Training Specialist (Distance Learning) at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Pathways Students and Recent Graduates
Mentoring and Advocacy AmeriCorps opportunity with The Choice Program at UMBC at The Choice Program at UMBC
Planner at Story County
Youth Corrections Officer I at State of Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
Police Officer - United States Capitol Police (U.S. Legislative Branch) at United States Capitol Police
Police Officer at El Dorado Police Department
Remote Summer Fellowship Program - 2021 at The Piedmont Environmental Council
Health Specialist (Planner) - Health in All Policies at City of Bloomington MN
Police Patrol Officer at City of Fort Dodge
Program Compliance Specialist at Jewish Family Service of San Diego
AmeriCorps Outreach, Volunteer Management, & Development Coordinator at The Refugee Center
Police Officer at City of Appleton
Service-year Full time stipend Volunteer at Lutheran Volunteer Corps
SALT: Serving and Learning Together at Mennonite Central Committee
APAICS 2021-2022 Congressional Fellowship at Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Youth Specialist II- Afternoon/Evening, CEDARS Pioneers Center (Lincoln, NE) at CEDARS
Family Partner, CEDARS Tracker/EM/Family Support Services (Papillion, NE) at CEDARS
Associate Attorney at William C. Connor, Attorney at Law, P.C.
Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Hudson Institute Political Studies Summer Fellowship in Theory and Practice of Politics at Hudson Institute
Trainee-Corrections Officer at Minnesota Department of Corrections
PULSE Fellow: 2021-2022 at PULSE
Marine Corps Officer Training for Students and Graduates at United States Marine Officer Programs Iowa City, IA
Immediate hire! Infection Prevention and Control Specialist -Columbia, SC at CDC Foundation
Legal and Creative Writing Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
Police Officer at Riverside Missouri Police Department
Immediate hire! Infection Preventionist - NC at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Industrial Hygiene Consultant- North Carolina at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Infection Prevention and Control Specialist -Columbia, SC at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist -Columbia, SC at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Rhapsody/Data Analyst - Jackson, Mississippi at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! EPIDEMIOLOGIST – JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Contact Tracers - Oklahoma at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Contact Tracers -San Juan, Puerto Rico $16.00 HR at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Accessioning Staff - Burlington, Vermont at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Electronic Laboratory Reporting Lead - Concord, NH at CDC Foundation
Immediate hire! Infection Prevention and Control Specialist -Hartford, CT at CDC Foundation
Equestrian Positions at Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
Rowing Counselor // Cabin Partner at Mayhew Program
Athletics Counselor // Cabin Partner at Mayhew Program
Summer Camp Staff at Mayhew Program
Associate Attorney at Rastegar Law Group
Marine Corps Officer Training for Students and Graduates at United States Marine Officer Programs Iowa City, IA
2021 Summer Law Clerk at Peebles Kidder LLP
Trooper at Illinois State Police
Assistant at Rastegar Law Group
Police Officer at Houston Police Department
Deputy Sheriff at Henrico County Sheriff's Office
Lead Counselor - Summer at Mayhew Program
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
Summer Camp Staff at Camp Fire NCW - Camp Zanika
Camp Staff - Counselors, Lifeguards, etc. - Wenatchee National Forest - Washington State at Camp Fire NCW - Camp Zanika

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

Federal Contracts Summer Internship at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Human Resources Summer Internship at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Data Science Summer Internship at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Financial Management Summer Internship at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Communications Summer Internship at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Administrative Summer Internship at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Internship - Accounting - Spring 2021 at YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley
Health Policy Summer Internship at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Growth Management Internship at Hopping 4 A Cure
South Korean Speakers (Hangul) for Business Development Internship at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Youth Services Support Internship at Aptiv
Business Services Communications Spring Internship at Iowa Secretary of State
Communications Spring Internship at Iowa Secretary of State
HR/Admin/Finance & Accounting Intern at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Social Media/PR Intern Spring 2021 at Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation, Inc. ("DreamCatchers")
Business Development Internship at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
2021 Ambassador Summer Internship Program at City of San Antonio
Political Data Intern-Summer 2021 at The Data Trust
Administrative Intern at Camp Blessing Texas
Parks & Recreation Summer Intern at City of Waukee
Paralegal Spring Intern at Children's Rights
Intern with Conservative Public Policy Organization in Washington, D.C. at Family Research Council
TFAS Academic Internship Program in Washington, DC - Summer 2021 at TFAS - DC Internships - Academic Internship Programs
Web/SEO/Social Media - Marketing Intern at Carson Patents
Student Trainee (Admin Support Assistant) at Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
CWS Event & Opening Celebration Day June Internships at College World Series of Omaha, Inc.
Marketing / Advertising Intern at The 712 Initiative
Non-profit Development Intern - Spring 2021 at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
HandsOn VISTA: Million Dollar Teacher Project Member at HandsOn Greater Phoenix
HandsOn VISTA: AZ Sustainability Alliance Member at HandsOn Greater Phoenix
Journalist at AiGoLearning
2021 Honors Program for College and Graduate Students at Department of Homeland Security (Newark and Elizabeth, NJ Offices)
Program Marketer at Kids at Risk Action (KARA)
The Greenlining Institute Summer Associate Program at Greenlining Institute
App Design & Development Internship Opportunities (Remote) - Spring 2021 at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Program Design & Event Management Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Lead Community Impact Relations Manager (Intern) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Web Design Internship Opportunities (Remote) - Spring/Summer 2021 at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Media, Design & Video Internship Opportunities (Remote) - Spring/Summer 2021 at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Volunteer Special Deputy at Hennepin County
Summer 2021 State Fiscal Policy Network and Organizational Effectiveness Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Fundraising and Development Department Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Food Assistance Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Federal Fiscal Policy Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Family Income Support Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Communications Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 State Fiscal Policy Research Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 State Fiscal Project Development Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 State Fiscal Project Communications Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 State Fiscal Project Campaigns Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Outreach Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Health Policy Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Health and Housing Integration Project Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Summer 2021 Intern-Government Affairs at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Intern-Administration, I (Winter/Spring 2021) at United Nations
ABPA Student Ambassador at Arab-American Business and Professional Association
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)
Immigration Law Trainee Program - Remote / 1 Year Commitment at Alien Attorney
Volunteer for Events at The Manners Housing Foundation
Marketing positions at The Manners Housing Foundation
Administrative Assistant at The Manners Housing Foundation
Remote Summer Scholar- Health Care at The Century Foundation
Remote Summer Scholar- Editorial and Communications at The Century Foundation
Remote Summer Scholar- Higher Education Policy at The Century Foundation
Remote Summer Scholar- Labor Policy at The Century Foundation
Remote Summer Scholar- K-12 Education Policy at The Century Foundation
Communications Intern at CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank
Research & Fund Development Internship at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Brand & Marketing Development Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Mental Health Innovation & Legislative Change - Spring Campus Leader at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Mental Health Innovation & Legislative Change - Campus Leader (remote, non-compensated) at Ignite Mental Health (Harvard Innovation Labs VIP 19')
Marketing Coordinator at FC United Cedar Rapids
Coaching Apprenticeship at FC United Cedar Rapids
Criminal Justice Internship Summer 2021 (REMOTE/IN-PERSON) at The Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Video Production & Online Course Creation Spring Internship (Virtual) at The Amish Heritage Foundation
Grant Writing & Research Spring Internship (Virtual) at The Amish Heritage Foundation
Social Media Marketing Spring Internship (Virtual) at The Amish Heritage Foundation
Designers: Intern or Volunteer with ChangingThePresent.org to Make a Difference! at Changing The Present
Internship at The Carter Center (SUMMER 2021) at The Carter Center
APAICS 2021 Congressional Summer Internship at Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Law and Social Science at American Bar Foundation
Program Design & Development (Sustainable Wealth Module) Interns at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Policy Analyst Internship (Sustainability) at Mzuzah Charitable Inc.,
Clinical Internship - Summer 2021 at Tuesday's Child
Video Editor at Kids at Risk Action (KARA)
Artistic Content Creator at Kids at Risk Action (KARA)
AmeriCorps Summer Daycamp Leader - PT North Texas Internship at Project Transformation North Texas
Naval Horizons Program at Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
Ronald Reagan Fellow - Summer 2021 at Goldwater Institute
REMOTE - Grant Writing Intern - starting immediately at Techie Youth, Corp.
ONE Campus Leader at The ONE Campaign
Nonprofit Communication & Development Internship at Daraja Education Fund
Graphic Designer / Disabled Baseball Team Branding at Alternative Baseball™
Videography & Photography Intern at One More Child
Multimedia Content Production Intern at One More Child
Global Operations Intern at One More Child
Global Child Sponsorship Internship at One More Child
Resource Organizer at Kids at Risk Action (KARA)
Social Media Promoter at Kids at Risk Action (KARA)
Virtual Nonprofit Work in Data Science, Education, Business, Nonprofit Mgmt, Creative fields and more at DataReady DFW
Nonprofit Work in Data Science, Education, Business, Nonprofit Management, Creative, Visual fields and more at DataReady DFW
Leadership Development and PAID Summer Internships at INROADS
Media / Communications Spring Intern - Spring 2021 at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Intern or Volunteer with Changing the Present to Support Veterans at Changing The Present
Public Relations Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
Intern at U.S. Department of Commerce - U.S. Commercial Service Germany
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 [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
Business Internship with Act of Valor Foundation at Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation-A virtual Internship
Development & Events Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
Social Media & Communications Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
Spring Public Defender Internship Metuchen NJ in person not virtual 2021 Metuchen Public Defender 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
Special Events Intern at GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley
Program Intern: Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship at Vital Voices Global Partnership
MRC Business Paid Internship - Spring 2021 at Media Research Center
MRC Latino Paid Internship - Spring 2021 at Media Research Center
MRC Graphic Design Paid Internship - Spring 2021 at Media Research Center
MRC NewsBusters Paid Internship - Spring 2021 at Media Research Center
CNSNews.com Paid Internship - Spring 2021 at Media Research Center
Internships, Nonprofit government reform at Mandate Democracy Foundation (501c3)
Volunteer and Donations Intern at International Rescue Committee
Safety and Wellness Intern at International Rescue Committee
New Roots Intern at International Rescue Committee
Financial Education Intern at International Rescue Committee
Property Management Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Spring Law Office Internship 2021 Edison, NJ at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Refugee Assistance-Dominican Volunteer at Dominican Volunteers USA
Internship For National Legal Website at Evan Guthrie Law Firm
Brand Management Internship at Aptiv
Residential Support 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