Katherine and David deWilde '67 Public Interest Summer Fellowships

Katherine and David deWilde '67 Public Interest Summer Fellowships

About the Fellowships

Class of 1967 alumnus David deWilde and his wife, Katherine August-deWilde, have created the Katherine and David deWilde ’67 Public Interest Summer Fellowships in order to promote the protection of civil liberties, human rights, and the rule of law. Generally, two J.D. students will be selected each year for fellowships ranging from $5,000-$10,000 each.


All J.D. students enrolled as 1Ls or 2Ls working full-time, full-summer internships with nonprofit employers during the summer of 2019 are eligible to apply. Public interest internships that will allow students to contribute to the advancement of civil rights, human rights, or the rule of law through impact litigation and/or legislative reform will be given the strongest consideration. Sample practice areas include: immigration advocacy, human trafficking, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice reform, voting rights, and governmental ethics. While students do not need to have secured their internship placement at the time of application, preference will be given to students who have.


Students must submit the following materials by email in .pdf format to the Public Service Center by Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5 p.m.:

  • A resume;
  • A one-page statement of interest describing the legal impact you hope to achieve through your internship this summer, as well as your background for pursuing this work;
  • An unofficial law school transcript; and
  • A letter from your summer employer confirming that you will work full-time for a minimum of 9 weeks during the summer of 2019 for the organization and providing a brief statement about the nature of the work you will perform. (If you have not yet secured an internship placement, 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.)


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

DeWilde Fellows

New DeWilde Fellows See Others' Rights as Their Responsibility

Ask them what they're doing this summer, and you won't get a tepid response. They're among the "woke" generation, and they're fired up about doing their part for civil rights.

Cassondra "CJ" Murphy and Jennifer "Jeni" Popp are two University of Virginia School of Law students who will gain experience promoting legal rights as Katherine and David deWilde '67 Public Interest Summer Fellows.