2021 Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2021.
I. Program Overview.
The ACC Greater Philadelphia Chapter is sponsoring its fourteenth annual Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program, aimed at increasing diversity within corporate legal departments. Law students who have overcome substantial obstacles in the pursuit of a legal career or are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession are invited to apply to participate in the program. This opportunity is open to students who will be 2Ls or 3Ls in Fall 2021.
This full-time, eight-week long summer internship program will commence on or about June 7, 2021. Interns will work during regular business hours of the sponsoring company’s legal department to gain substantive in-house experience in corporate practice. At a minimum, each intern will be compensated a total of $7,500.00 for participation in the program, though a company may elect to compensate an individual intern at a higher rate.
Student applicants will be initially screened by the ACC Greater Philadelphia Diversity Committee; selection of candidates moving forward will be based on the totality of a student’s application materials. These selected candidates will then be referred to sponsoring companies for interviews. Placement will be, for the most part, random with the goal of providing sponsoring companies with a diverse slate of candidates (though the Committee will do its best to accommodate a student’s areas of stated interest and geographic location when practicable). The number of interviews for each candidate will depend on the number of qualified applicants and the number of sponsoring companies; in past years, it has generally been around two per candidate. Final approval and any offers are at the sole discretion of the company.
The internship program will include a mandatory pro bono volunteer event for the student participants, which aligns with the mission of our fund administrator, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, to support and promote pro bono and community legal services. Sponsoring companies are aware that interns are expected to participate in an event hosted by Philadelphia VIP during work hours, the date of which is TBD. Additionally, interns and representatives from their sponsoring companies will be invited to participate in event programming throughout the summer such as an initial kick-off reception, orientation call, mid-program panel, and closing reception.
II. Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is ACC Greater Philadelphia?
The Greater Philadelphia Chapter is a leading chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations. ACC Greater Philadelphia has more than 1,500 members who practice as lawyers in more than 400 organizations, most of whom live and work in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit ACC Greater Philadelphia Chapter website.
2. What qualifies as "diverse" for purposes of this diversity internship program?
Since its inception, the ACC Greater Philadelphia Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program has been aimed at increasing diversity within corporate legal departments. The Program is open to law students who have overcome substantial obstacles in the pursuit of a legal career or who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession (based on, but not limited to: (i) race, (ii) ethnicity, (iii) religion, (iv) LGBTQ status, or (v) disability). We recommend that applicants use their personal essay as an opportunity to highlight why they qualify for this diversity program.
3. What is the timeline for the application and interview process?
Applicants can expect to be notified by the Diversity Committee whether they have been selected for interviews by early to mid-February. The sponsoring companies should then reach out and schedule interviews with candidates during the months of February and March. Interviews, offers, and responses to offers should be completed by the end of March.
4. Once selected, can I request to interview at a specific sponsoring company?
No. For program administration reasons and in the interest of fairness, the Committee does not take placement requests for candidates.
5. Will any of my relocation, lodging, or travel expenses be reimbursed?
No. Placed interns are responsible for coordinating their own living situation as well as any transportation needs during their summer internship.
6. Which companies are participating in the program this year?
The slate of sponsoring companies for 2021 will be confirmed after applications are due. Please note that company participation varies year to year. Last summer, the 2020 program had 15 participating corporate sponsors and 15 placed students interns. The 2020 corporate participants were American Water, ARI, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, CIGNA, Comcast, Exelon, Fanatics, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., Power Home Remodeling, TE Connectivity, Teleflex, Unisys, Venerable, Vertical Screen, and Wawa.
7. What happens if I accept an offer from a sponsoring company but then later receive an offer or request to interview from another sponsoring company?
Once you accept an offer from a sponsoring company, you are not permitted thereafter to interview with or accept an offer from another sponsoring company. Reneging on one accepted offer in favor of a perceived "better offer" within the program will not be permitted.
8. Will the internship lead to a full-time job offer?
Unlike traditional summer associate programs at law firms, there should be no expectation that a summer internship position within our program may lead to further employment (whether it be an offer to return the following summer or for a full-time position after graduation). Due to the nature of the role of in-house counsel, most legal departments do not hire graduates directly out of law school. However, there have been a few instances in our program's history where internships have extended beyond the summer program and have even resulted in full-time job offers.