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. The Paralegal Department will assist you in locating quality internships.
There are two options of internship experience available:
- PAR290AA – one credit/80 hours
- PAR290AB – two credits/160 hours
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:
PAR106 Law Foundations
PAR112 Fundamentals of Litigation
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 PAR290AA or PAR290AB (Internship Course). This course is open to all students regardless of placement.
During the internship, 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. Virtual internships are also offered. Virtual internships allow students that might not otherwise have the time during the traditional work week for an internship to utilize this great professional opportunity. Students work alongside attorneys in drafting legal documents and conducting legal research all virtually.
Current List of Hosts (PDF)
Please contact the Emily Klein Alice with additional questions regarding the program at firstname.lastname@example.org.