You can help the Shriver Center advance opportunity and justice for people living in poverty. There are a number of ways to volunteer:
The Shriver Center hosts up to four second- and third-year law students for internships in the spring, summer, and fall to work on research and writing projects in support of our advocacy programs. These internship positions are highly competitive and spots fill up quickly. Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume to Andrea Kovach.
From time to time, the Shriver Center also has opportunities for experienced attorneys to provide research and other types of support to Shriver Center attorneys on their advocacy work. Interested attorneys should send a cover letter and resume to John Bouman.
Volunteers in Service to America
The Shriver Center hosts up to eight Americorps*VISTAs each year for a year of service in which they help to build the capacity of the Shriver Center to achieve its mission. In return for their year of service, Americorps*VISTAs receive a monthly living stipend, health care coverage, transportation subsidy and child care or other supports for those who qualify. At the end of their service, Americorps*VISTAs also receive an education award or cash payment for their service. Shriver Center VISTA positions are posted on our website at various times throughout the year and usually begin in July, August, and November. Information on the Americorps*VISTA program may be found at www.americorps.gov.
Pro Bono Projects
From time to time, the Shriver Center solicits support from private sector law firms to support its advocacy efforts, particularly when litigation is involved. Recent pro bono projects have included supporting the Shriver Center's efforts to improve access to affordable health care and housing for millions of Americans. For information on current pro bono opportunities, interested attorneys should contact John Bouman.
Training Programs Faculty
The Shriver Center provides a comprehensive training curriculum to the nation's legal aid community to help improve their ability to achieve justice for their clients. Training programs are taught by experienced staff and practitioners from around the country who generously volunteer their time to share their expertise and help to build the capacity of other advocates interested in securing justice and opportunity for people living in poverty. Experienced advocates interested in volunteering as faculty members should contact Ellen Hemley.
General Volunteer Opportunities
While most of the Shriver Center's volunteer opportunities are for law students and attorneys, at various times throughout the year the Shriver Center seeks volunteers to help staff fundraising events, assist with database work, or help provide general administrative support to the office. If you are interested in volunteering with the Shriver Center, please contact Elizabeth Zuckerberg.