Democracy Summer Fellowship

Democracy Summer Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Democracy Summer Fellowship was created in memory of Max Kaufmann, a refugee from Nazi Germany and lifelong advocate for justice, by his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Kaufmann ‘86 and Eric Zankman.  We have learned from history that our freedoms are only protected when our democracy is robust.  The purposes of this fellowship are to safeguard our democratic institutions and promote justice.  Up to two J.D. students will be selected in 2021, each to receive up to $5000.

Eligibility

All J.D. students enrolled as 1Ls or 2Ls working full-time for nonprofit, government agency, or legislative employers during the summer of 2021 are eligible to apply.  Internships that enable students to promote governmental ethics and transparency, checks and balances, equal voting access, campaign finance reform, judicial independence and competency, and/or First Amendment protections, whether through litigation, legislative reform, or scholarship, will receive priority. Preference will be given to students who have secured an internship at the time of application.

Application

Students must submit the following materials by email in .pdf format to the Public Service Center by Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.:

  • A resume;
  • A one-page statement of interest describing the legal impact you hope to achieve through your internship and any relevant educational or work background;
  • An unofficial law school transcript; and
  • A letter from your summer employer that (1) confirms you will work for that organization full-time for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer of 2021; and (2) provides a brief description of the work you will perform.  If you have difficulty obtaining an employer letter, please attach a description of your internship from the employer’s website or email communications. If you have not yet secured an internship placement, please submit instead a one-page statement listing the employers with whom you have applied, your application status, and a brief description of the type of work you would perform during the internships.

Questions

Please contact the Public Service Center at publicservice@law.virginia.edu.