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Legal Practice Internships in New York

Legal Practice Internships in New York

As a gateway into the United States, New York has long been associated with the American Dream. It is the most densely populated city in the USA and the most linguistically diverse city in the world. Therefore, interns coming to focus on Legal Practice have scope to collaborate with lawyers and law firms that work across a tremendous range of clients. From asylum seekers to international artists seeking to perform in the USA, and much more!

Internship Highlights:
  • Gain diverse legal practice experience with law firms across New York City.
  • Connect with experienced professionals to grow your legal practice network.
  • Build your resume and character in the US’s most iconic city.
Type of host organizations:
  • Law firms
  • Private attorneys / lawyers
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Fully hosted experience from US$6,099
Includes apartment accommodation with private room
Start dates every Monday
Minimum duration 4 weeks, up to 18 Weeks maximum
Explore the highlights of New York City
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

At least one year of relevant college/university study in law, political science, international relations, or a related field. Knowledge of social media and digital communications is also required.

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Attorney, Barrister, Barrister's Clerk, Chartered Legal Executive, Legal Secretary, Paralegal, Solicitor, Licensed Conveyancer, Chartered Accountant, Civil Service Administrator, Human Resources Officer, Data & Research Analyst, Human Rights Officer, Child Protection Advisor

Internship details

As a gateway into the United States, New York has long been associated with the American Dream. It is the most densely populated city in the USA and the most linguistically diverse city in the world. Therefore, interns coming to focus on Legal Practice have scope to collaborate with lawyers and law firms that work across a tremendous range of clients. From asylum seekers to international artists seeking to perform in the USA, and much more!

This is an in-country internship which includes accommodation. Click here to view remote Law & Human Rights internships that you can undertake from home.

Legal Practice interns in New York have an opportunity to become familiar with themes such as business and family immigration, asylum, domestic violence cases, criminal immigration issues and court litigation.

Interns can anticipate activities such as administrative tasks, assisting with legal document translations and summarizations, drafting letters, forms, affidavits, applications and motions. Interns have the opportunity to learn how documents are properly served, while being able to observe litigation preparation and court hearings.

If you love working with people, are motivated to learn and driven to succeed, you’ll find that placements within this field offer fun, active and busy places to become immersed in the field. Firm attorneys who provide mentorship and guidance to interns encourage questions and are approachable, to support personal and professional development.

Legal Practice interns are encouraged to submit a detailed application, outlining existing qualifications, skills, and desired learning goals. Any requests will be accommodated wherever possible, though are subject to availability. Your current skills and experience will always be taken into account when arranging an internship match for you.

Internships in New York can be spread around the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as on the New Jersey side of the state line (closer to the Statue of Liberty side). Prepare to learn the ins and outs of the city like a local as you explore every iconic corner. Often regarded as the financial and cultural capital of the world, where, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!” Choose an internship in New York City to give your resume an exciting edge, build your character, and explore the world’s most infamous city.

Typical Schedule

  • Approximately 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Career Benefits

Legal Practice interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Assisting with legal document translations and summarizations, drafting letters, forms, affidavits, applications and motions.

  • Observe litigation preparation and court hearings.

Professional development opportunities:
  • Gain insight into business and family immigration, asylum, domestic violence cases, criminal immigration issues, court litigation and more.

  • Learn how documents are properly served.

  • Connect with professionals in legal practice who can provide industry mentorship.

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $6,099Equivalent to $217/day
5 weeks $6,599Equivalent to $188/day
6 weeks $7,149Equivalent to $170/day
7 weeks $7,649Equivalent to $156/day
8 weeks $7,974Equivalent to $142/day
10 weeks $9,029Equivalent to $128/day
12 weeks $10,029Equivalent to $119/day
14 weeks $11,029Equivalent to $112/day
16 weeks $12,139Equivalent to $108/day
18 weeks $13,139Equivalent to $104/day
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • Meals
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Optional extras, such as language lessons
  • Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
  • A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
  • The maximum duration offered for non-US citizens is 12 weeks. US citizens may intern for up to 18 weeks.
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Arrival and Orientation

Internships in New York City begin every Monday. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. The minimum duration requirement is 8 weeks. Non US citizens can intern for up to a maximum duration of 12 weeks. US citizens may intern up to a maximum duration of 18 weeks.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.

The typical port of entry is the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) - this is the main international airport serving New York City). Alternatively, interns may fly into the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Airport pick up is included from either of these airports. If you are planning to spend time independently in New York City prior to your internship and will not require an international airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics with you.

Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation. The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.

Orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.

Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

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Accommodation and WiFi

All interns in New York are accommodated in clean and comfortable, fully furnished apartments. These apartments are specifically designed to connect students and young professionals. We collaborate with various accommodation providers for this purpose, so your accommodation may be based in the boroughs of Brooklyn or Manhattan. (Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage provides various examples of this accommodation. However, the exact accommodation and room that you’re assigned may differ from the photos).

Within the accommodation, interns will have a private bedroom. However, you may be sharing the apartment with other program participants. Bedding and furnishings are provided, as well as common areas such as lounge, kitchen and laundry facilities. Standard amenities include whiteware (i.e. washing machine, stovetop, fridge, microwave) and clean linen (i.e. bed sheets, pillows, towels). Accommodation includes unlimited WiFi access.

Care will be taken to ensure that you’re accommodated within the most convenient proximity to your assigned internship placement but in all cases, interns should anticipate using public transportation (such as the subway metro) to get around the city and boroughs. Your internship Program Fee includes an NYC Metrocard for your first month. After this, you’ll need to budget approx. US$130 per month (for a 30 day pass) for unlimited swipes on the subway or local buses.

Normal commute time between accommodation and internship placements can be approximately 30 minutes and may require changes of metro line and platform. (The New York Subway is one of the world’s largest underground lines. It has nearly 500 stations!). New Yorkers have access to free internet service in the subway and there is no fee and no time limit, so you will be able to use this for accessing online maps and directions. Just keep in mind that the WiFi coverage is only available when you’re in the stations themselves, so your signal will fade once your train is on the move.


It is important to note that internships in New York do not include meals. Your accommodation will include access to a shared kitchen, which you may use (in respect of courtesy rules for shared spaces). Affordable supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and delis are easily accessible and New York prides itself on its absolutely spectacular and diverse range of cuisine. From NYC classics like doughnuts, pizza, cheesecake and bagels, to local favorites like hearty sandwiches and Pastrami on rye, going hungry is not an option! The most expensive restaurants are within Manhattan but you can find thousands of more affordable dining options around the five boroughs. With such a melting pot of different cultures, you’ll be blown away by what you can find. (We’re getting hungry just thinking about it!) A rough budget for food is approximately US$175 per week (up to US$75 on takeaways, US$75 on groceries and US$25 for coffees). Of course, your budget for meals will depend on your personal habits and how much you prefer eating out, as opposed to preparing something for yourself in the kitchen.

Activities and tourism

Whether it’s your first time in New York or not, there is always something new and interesting to discover - after all, this is known as “The City That Never Sleeps” for a reason. The classic New York experience includes visiting locations such as Central Park, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center. The activities you can’t miss include taking in a show on Broadway and getting your fill of culture and atmosphere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and American Museum of Natural History. (It’s no wonder the minimum duration requirement for internships is 8 weeks, when there is so much to see and do in your free time!) Our local team in New York will be available to provide you with guidance on tours and excursions as well, so we can ensure you make the most of this incredible trip of a lifetime.

Essential country information

Capital Washington, D.C
Population 329.5 million
Languages English
Currency United States Dollar (USD)
Time zone UTC -5:00 / -4:00
Weather and climate:

In New York City, you can expect warm, humid summers, and cold, snowy, windy winters. If you want to visit when the weather is at its best, then you should schedule your internship around May through September. However, the summer months can be wet, so ensure you have a raincoat year-round. The coldest month of the year in New York City is January, with an average low of 29°F and high of 40°F (-2°C and high of 4°C). The snowy period can last from late November through to early April.