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

Education Coordinator at Iowa Funeral Directors Association
Emergency Services Dispatcher II at El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Administrative Specialist at The Data Trust
Assistant City Attorney at City of Sioux Falls
Deputy Civil Bailiff at Toledo Municipal Court - Judges' Division
Opportunity on Deck Program Expansion AmeriCorps VISTA at Opportunity on Deck
Attorney 2 at State of Iowa Executive Branch
Development Writing Associate or Development Writer/Editor  at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Staff Attorney - Family Law at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Communications Operator (Exam) at California Department of Parks and Recreation
Huron Pines AmeriCorps at Huron Pines
Deferral Year Litigation Fellow at Everytown for Gun Safety
Police Officer at City of Ankeny
Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) *12-Month Roster* at Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Police Officer (Entry-level or Certified) at City of Bryan
PULSE Fellow: 2021-2022 at PULSE
Marine Corps Officer Training for Students and Graduates at United States Marine Officer Programs Iowa City, IA
Attorney I(Job Id 14391) at South Dakota State Government
Staff Attorney SCAO(Job Id 14540) at South Dakota State Government
Police Officer - United States Legislative Branch at United States Capitol Police
Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Line Staff/Counselor (Floater) at Knox County Mary Davis Home
Paralegal Specialist - Virtual at U.S. Small Business Administration
Staff Attorney - HELP at Legal Aid of Nebraska
Attorney Advisor (Gen) at U.S. Small Business Administration
Immediate hire! Infection Prevention and Control Specialist -Columbia, SC at CDC Foundation
Litigation Fellow at Everytown for Gun Safety
Legal Operations Specialist - REMOTE - J.D. Graduate Preferred at Goldfein Claims Management
Police Officer at El Dorado Police Department
Police Officer (Certified & Non-Certified) at City of Aventura
EXPOW Fundraising and Donor Development VISTA at Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc.
EXPOW Marketing and Communications VISTA at Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc.
Legal and Creative Writing Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
Technical and Legal Writing Specialist at Hudson - Business Immigration
Hearings Officer I (Arlington) at Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
Attorney and Paralegals (Law Clerk) at U.S. Small Business Administration
Trainee-Corrections Officer- RUSH CITY at Minnesota Department of Corrections
Trainee-Corrections Officer at Minnesota Department of Corrections
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
Administrative, Health, & Management. at CDC Foundation
Federal Correctional Officer at Federal Bureau of Prisons
Legal Assistant at U.S. Small Business Administration
Paralegal Specialist at U.S. Small Business Administration
Police Officer at City of Seattle Police Department
IRS Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) at Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation
Mentoring and Advocacy AmeriCorps opportunity with The Choice Program at UMBC at The Choice Program at UMBC
Staff Attorney - Housing Justice Project at Legal Aid of Nebraska
Line Staff/Counselor at Knox County Mary Davis Home
Trooper Trainee at Kansas Highway Patrol
Entry Level Police Officers at Madison Police Department
Associate Attorney at Rastegar Law Group
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.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) AccessLine® Paralegal at Legal Aid of Nebraska
Assistant at Rastegar Law Group
Police Officer at Dallas Police Department
Youth Corrections Officer I, AUN08313 at State of Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
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
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

Nonprofit Management Intern at Diversified Management Services
Spring Interns at Office of U.S Senator Grassley
Internship - Spring 2021 - Center for Presidential Transition at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Spring 2021 - Government Affairs at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Spring 2021 - Research, Analysis and Evaluation at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Spring 2021 - Government Leadership and Management Programs at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Spring 2021 - Communications at Partnership for Public Service
Internship - Spring 2021 - Development at Partnership for Public Service
REMOTE - Grant Writing Intern - starting immediately at Techie Youth, Corp.
Nonprofit Admin Intern at House of Hope
Operations and Advocacy Intern, Winter-Spring 2021 at World Without Genocide
Regional Program Manager - Southeast Intern at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Regional Program Manager - Northeast Intern at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Regional Program Manager - Mid-Atlantic Intern at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Deputy Director of Chapter Development Intern at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Director of Alumni Relations Internship at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Director of Chapter Programming Internship at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Director of Domestic Partnerships Intern at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Director of International Parternships Intern at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Director of Resource Development Internship at Leading Women of Tomorrow
Emergency Management Intern at Story County
IPHA Americorps VISTA Membership Coordinator at Iowa Public Health Association
ONE Campus Leader at The ONE Campaign
(Bilingual, Chinese/English) Marketing, Market Research, Business Development and Sales Intern at IPwe
2021 Summer Graduate Student Assistant at California Air Resources Board
Oral Health Intern (Fall) at Families USA
TFAS Academic Internship Program in Washington, DC - Summer 2021 at TFAS - DC Internships - Academic Internship Programs
DHS Student Hire Internship Program for Procurement Professionals (Spring/Summer 2021 Grads) - Virtual at U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Fall 2020 Campus Recruiting (Summer Intern) at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Government Affairs Intern (Remote, Unpaid) at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—Chicago
Outreach Intern (Remote, Unpaid) at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—Chicago
Nonprofit Communication & Development Internship at Daraja Education Fund
2021 ONR Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program Intern at Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
GDIT Summer 2021-Corporate-and-Business-Operations-Internships at General Dynamics Information Technology
Graphic Designer / Disabled Baseball Team Branding at Alternative Baseball™
VIRTUAL Spring 2021 International Relations Internships at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Internship with the Department of Defense at DoD College Acquisition Internship Program
New York Graduate Plan Online at Nonviolence International New York
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
Marketing Intern at Beverly Law Firm
Geoscience Policy Internship at American Geosciences Institute
Marketing Xtern at TechPoint
Data Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Family Income Support Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Federal Fiscal Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Food Assistance Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Fundraising and Development Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Health and Housing Integration Project Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Health Policy Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Housing Policy Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Human Resources Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Outreach Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
State Fiscal Project Communications Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
State Fiscal Project Development Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Customer and Donor Relations Management 2021 Summer Internship at International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons
Business Marketing/Website Communication 2021 Summer Internship at International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons
Social Media Marketing/Visual Communication 2021 Summer Internship at International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons
Communications Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Government Affairs Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
State Fiscal Project Campaigns Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
2021 Honors Internship Program at Federal Bureau of Investigation (DC HQ)
State Fiscal Policy Research Intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Videographer Internship at Beverly Law Firm
Beverly Law Legal Intern (UNPAID) at Beverly Law Firm
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
Program Analyst Intern at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Omaha District
Spring 2021 Internship at The Carter Center
Create Fliers to Promote Food Justice at Hunger Free America
Campaign & Project Management Virtual Internship at Flip the West
Social Media Intern at Mobb United Inc.
Leadership Development and PAID Summer Internships at INROADS
Non-profit Development Fall Intern at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Community Outreach Fall Intern at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Media / Communications Fall Intern at Surveillance Technology Oversight Project
Remote Nonpartisan Research Spring Internship at Vote Smart
Content Creation Internship: Social Media Focus (Summer - unpaid) at Alien Attorney
Data Scientist at Charpstar at The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the USA
Intern or Volunteer with Changing the Present to Support Veterans at Changing The Present
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
Intern at U.S. Department of Commerce - U.S. Commercial Service Germany
Operations Intern (REMOTE, UNPAID, ACADEMIC CREDIT) at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—Chicago
College Programs Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Human Resource Learning & Development Internship at Aptiv
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
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
Intern - Coordination, Planning, Analytics and Policy Analysis – Executive Office of the Secretary-General at United Nations
Development & Events Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
Social Media & Communications Intern at The Bridge Teen Center
Fall Public Defender Internship Metuchen NJ in person not virtual 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
Internship Teachers at Astar Education Institute
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
Content Creation Internship at Alien Attorney
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.
Law Office Volunteer Winter Break Internships in Edison, NJ at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Internships, Nonprofit government reform at Mandate Democracy Foundation (501c3)
Civil Rights Intern at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—Chicago
Property Management Intern at The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
Photography Internship at Heartland Camp
Fall Law Office Internship 2020 Edison, NJ at Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C. (NJ Laws)
Political Fundraising Summer Intern at Holloway Consulting Inc.
Refugee Assistance-Dominican Volunteer at Dominican Volunteers USA
Internship For National Legal Website at Evan Guthrie Law Firm
Brand Management Internship at Aptiv
Case Management Internship at Aptiv
Community Engagement Internship at Aptiv
Youth Services Assistant 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