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Paralegal Internships: General Information

The Paralegal Internship Experience

Rio Salado’s Paralegal program offers an internship opportunity to qualified students. This internship involves both educational and practical work experience. Moreover, it meets the needs of students academically and professionally as they prepare for graduation and occupational pathways.

Those students with no prior law-related experience are strongly encouraged to participate in the internship program to enhance their chances of securing employment upon graduation.

Students with a legal background can only further enhance their resume with additional legal experience. While in the program, interns work closely with practitioners gaining valuable experience while also earning academic credit.

A minimum of 160 hours of internship work must be accrued during a semester. The Paralegal Department will assist you in locating quality internships.

Internship Placement Process

Interested internship candidates must meet the following criteria before being placed in any internship:

  • Completion of Internship Application
  • Successful completion of the following courses:
    PAR102 Foundations
    PAR104 Ethics
    PAR106 Law Foundations
    PAR112 Fundamentals of Litigation
    PAR114 Litigation
    PAR220 Writing
    PAR222 Research
    PAR260 Paralegal Internship Skills
    *
  • Students will author a cover letter outlining their attributes and qualifications.  This cover letter must be endorsed by two adjunct faculty members from the Paralegal program. 
  • Minimum G.P.A. 2.75

*PAR260 is a career preparation course that will assist students with resume and cover letter drafting as well an interview preparation.  It serves as the first step in the application process to PAR290AB (Internship Course). This course is open to all students regardless of placement. 

Internship Experience

During the internship, the student is required to complete 160 internship hours. Moreover, the student is required to submit journal entries detailing their internship hours, work product and supervisor and self-evaluations.  The internship lead instructor will guide the student through the internship and work directly with both the intern and host supervisor.  Interns are not paid.

Current List of Hosts (PDF)

Questions?

Please contact the Emily Klein Alice with additional questions regarding the program at emily.alice@riosalado.edu.