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Each summer for the last 20 summers, the ACC Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Program (the “Program”) has placed a select group of first year law students from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments. The ACC Chicago Chapter looks for first-year law students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion for an immersive summer internship experience with a Chicagoland corporate legal department.  

As part of the Program, each intern will be assigned to work in the legal department of a Chicagoland company, where they will perform a variety of tasks, including legal research, memo writing, contract drafting, attending internal and external meetings, and generally experiencing what in-house attorneys do on a day-to-day basis.  

The Program consists of four primary components: (1) the corporate in-house internship, (2) robust mentorship through interactive programming, (3) network building, and (4) volunteering. In addition, students are provided a $12,000 stipend to work for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer.

The programming portion of the internship includes mandatory attendance at a handful of evening group events which will be attended by all interns, mentors, corporate hosts, and other in-house lawyers.  Programming includes a Resume Writing Workshop, Interview Workshop, a Networking Workshop, a volunteer charity event, and other social and educational networking events.  In addition, each intern will be assigned two mentors – a lawyer within their host legal department and a lawyer from the ACC Chicago Chapter.

The Program offers its interns the opportunity to meet and network with their future peers, including current in-house counsel, ACC - Chicago Chapter members, and attorneys from various law firms throughout the Chicagoland area.  Social outings and other substantive programs provide ample time and a unique opportunity for interns, hosts, and mentors to get to know each other.  As such, mandatory attendance is required for each event.



Requirements (no exceptions):
1.    Currently enrolled in an Illinois law school
2.    Only open to first year law students (1Ls) (expected graduation date of May 2026)

Stipend: $12,000.00

Applications were due by 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2024. Students for 2024 have been chosen. 

To apply students must fill out and complete an applicationYou may download the application with instructions at this link.



Below is the letter we distributed to members on December 8th.  Slots for 2024 are now filled.  

We would like to extend an invitation to ACC Chicago Member companies to participate in ACC Chicago’s 2024 Diversity Summer Internship Program. The Program has been highly successful for 20 years and we are excited to launch our 21st year.  The success of the Program has led to increased visibility in and among the Chicago legal community and beyond.  Corporate interest in the Program has never been higher.  The Program began in 2003 with ACC Chicago’s commitment to develop diversity programs and initiatives in the Chicago area.  The Program is open to all first-year law students (1L) enrolled in an Illinois law school.  Applicants are evaluated and considered based on the following factors: DEI commitment, resilience and perspective.  The Program places successful applicants in the legal department of a Chicagoland corporation.  The Program provides each intern with a $12,000 stipend, which is funded by the host corporation.

In selecting interns, the Program’s Committee performs a rigorous vetting process.  All interested students are required to submit an application, resume, a transcript, and essay, as well as undergo an extensive interview process with members of the Program’s Committee.  Because the process is rigorous and competition for these positions great, we believe the interns who are selected are the most deserving of this opportunity.  We are very proud of the Program and the success it has brought to many students who would otherwise have had no opportunity to work within an in-house legal department and gain valuable hands-on experience.  For more information, please see the attached Corporate Host/Mentor Packet.

If your company is interested in participating in this popular program, we ask that each interested company submit a commitment letter to ACC Chicago committing to the following :

(1)  Provide $12,500 to the ACC Chicago for the student intern selected to work for your company.  These funds go toward the intern’s stipend and summer program expenses. (Note that ACC Chicago is responsible for all other Program costs);  
(2)  Identify and assign your intern a mentor from your legal department - an attorney within your legal department who will actively mentor and oversee the intern’s daily tasks;
(3)  Provide a workspace that is readily accessible to the intern;
(4)  Provide the intern with an in-person work schedule for a minimum of ten (10) weeks;
(5)  Ensure that other attorneys from your legal department will be in the office on the days the intern is in the office;
(6)  Provide the intern with tasks that will expose the intern to issues the legal department confronts day-to-day;
(7)  Provide the intern with a drafting assignment that will produce a writing sample that can be used by the intern in their job search;
(8)  Agree to actively support the program by having at least one (1) lawyer from your department attend each of the Program events.  

In addition, the letter should outline your company’s desire for an intern and its plans for utilizing the intern within its legal department.  The commitment letter should also include the size of your legal department and the key practice areas therein.  All interested companies should submit commitment letters or any questions to David Susler, Co-Chair of the Program at the following e-mail address by Thursday, February 1, 2024.   

David Susler
Associate General Counsel, National Material L.P.

Please know that every effort will be made to accommodate all applicants.  However, internship spaces are limited and ACC Chicago Chapter reserves the right to limit participation in its discretion.



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