How to work / volunteer at IPNO

IPNO could not take on as many cases as we do, and ultimately free as many innocent people as we do, if it weren’t for the countless hours given by our interns, pro bono co-counsel and volunteers.

If you would like to help us, please read the following before writing us.

Staff Positions

IPNO currently has no job openings.

Legal Internships

Applications for Summer 2019 have closed. We are accepting applications for Fall 2019.

While IPNO provides legal representation to prisoners, a large part of any legal internship will involve investigation work on individual cases. Both law students and undergraduate interns should expect to spend a significant portion of their time at IPNO doing case investigation.

IPNO welcomes applications year-round from law students and undergraduates from across the U.S. and abroad. IPNO usually hosts up to 10 law student interns during the summer.

To apply:

  • Send a cover letter (explaining your interest and the time you would like to intern with us), a résumé, a non-legal writing sample (if possible) and 2-3 references to
  • Do not call.

Tulane, Loyola, Southern, and LSU students are encouraged to inquire with their schools about externships for credit. 

Law students at Southern University Law Center and LSU Law Center are encouraged to inquire about the IPNO summer internship stipend scholarship. 

IPNO Summer Scholarships

Applications for Summer 2019 have closed. We are accepting applications for Fall 2019.

Every year, IPNO tries to provide scholarships to high school or undergraduate students who would like to experience and contribute to our work but who would not otherwise have the opportunity to take on an unpaid internship. We especially encourage applicants from local areas and communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system to apply. The number of scholarships available each year varies but the application process begins in the early spring. Interested applicants should e-mail

Non-Legal Internships

IPNO is also looking for interns year-round to support our communications, development, nonprofit management and policy work. More information is available here.

To apply:

  • Send a cover letter (include the dates for which you are available), résumé and a non-legal writing sample to Jené O’Keefe Trigg.
  • Do not call.

Volunteer Opportunities

We get many offers from people to volunteer but unfortunately, due to the size of our office and the nature of our work, we have a very limited capacity to take advantage of many of these offers.

If you feel you bring a particularly useful skill to IPNO, e-mail Jené O’Keefe Trigg.