The Sonia and Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program was founded in 2014 by Celina Cabán as part of her work with the Ms. JD Fellowship Program. The mission of the program is to encourage diverse New York City high school students from disadvantaged communities throughout the five boroughs of New York City to pursue careers in the law. With the guidance of Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin and support of the Justice Resource Center, the program hosted seventeen students its first year and more than doubled in size its second year.


In August 2015, the program merged with the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program to form the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program. As part of this merger, high school students will have access to an expanded network of Judges, law students and mentors.


As an alumna of JMP JIP, SCS HSJIP’s founder Celina Cabán is “particularly excited about the ability to provide additional resources and mentorship to underserved high school youth.”


This Summer, New York City high school students from underserved communities throughout the five boroughs of New York City will be exposed to careers in the law through judicial internships in state and federal courts, educational workshops, and mentorship. Specifically, high school students will be paired with a state or federal judge for four weeks from July 5, 2016 through July 29, 2016. Interns are expected to work Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., subject to the individual judge's discretion. On Fridays, the interns will meet for educational workshops at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, New York, NY from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Current 10th and 11th grade New York City high school students who reside in and go to school in any of the five boroughs of New York City are eligible to apply. The application deadline is March 18, 2016.