Internships are among the best avenues for students to better understand the legal profession and develop the skills necessary for success.

Below you will find an assorted of internships within the San Diego community that focus on law, politics, and other professional sectors of the political science field.

  • California Western School of Law: A special pipeline has been establish by which students can apply for internships to work alongside a nationally respected team of lawyers and law students. To find out more about, or to apply for one or more of these special internship opportunities, contact Drew Lautemann, Esq., CWSL Assistant Director of Probono & Public Service at The opportunities include:
    • The California Innocence Project: A clinical program working primarily in Southern California to review more than 2500 innocence claims each year from inmates now in prison. The Innocence Project has freed 27 people who have served more than 350 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
    • The New Media Rights Center: A nonprofit program providing legal services, education, and advocacy for Internet users and creators. The Center specializes in a wide variety of copyright, trademark, software-licensing, and related business-planning issues.
    • The Community Law Project: A provider of free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities in each of its five clinics spread throughout San Diego County. Specialty areas include criminal law, immigration law, consumer protection, family law, bankruptcy, trusts & estates, and personal injury.
  • District Attorney's Office: Part-time, paid student workers perform various clerical functions (data entry, scanning documents, filing, etc.), up to 20 hours per week between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, at one of five locations in San Diego County. Informations on qualifications, pay rate, and other job aspects can be found here. Interested students should submit the following: (1) resume and (2) official or unofficial transcript in PDF form via email to:
  • Galuppo & Blake: Galuppo & Blake is a small transactional and litigation firm focusing on real estate law. The firm hires undergraduates for part-time assistant/secretarial positions. Job duties include answering phones, taking messages, helping with client intake, and performing miscellaneous office tasks. The pay is around $15 per hour. Applicants can send a resume Daniel Watts at
  • Nicholas & Tomasevic, LLP: The firm has a position open for a file clerk. Job duties include working with an environmental team regarding products that violate California law requirements for toxic exposure, evaluating and testing products, tracking those products through the notice requirements, and other responsibilities.The position is between 16-24 hours per week; work days are flexible and they pay for a trolley pass to get downtown. For more information, please contact Craig Nicholas at
  • UCSD - USD Pre-Law Internship Program: USD School of Law and UC San Diego has established an internship program for undergraduate students considering pursuing a legal education upon graduation. Undergraduates from both Universities are encouraged to participate in the internship. The internship program is intended to introduce these undergraduate students to the USD School of Law as well as public service through the legal profession.  Interns will work with center personnel and law students on a variety of research projects and assist with clerical and other tasks as assigned.  While in the Program, interns will be able to attend USD School of Law events, have the opportunity to observe at least one law school class, and interact with the school’s professors, students and administrators. Paperwork to submit: USD Internship Application; USD Internship Summary
  • US Attorney’s Office: Alumna, Alana Robinson ’85, has opened her doors to undergraduate students to shadow US Attorneys, participate in open houses, and apply for the robust internship program.  Learn more about the internship here: US Attorney's Office Internship

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Connections to Industry

Political Science partners with UC San Diego’s chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (pre-law fraternity) on a number of career building activities each year.  Learn more about the organization here.