Summer Public Interest Stipend

The Summer Public Interest Stipend (SPIS) was established to encourage first-year and second-year students to explore public interest work.  Students are eligible for the SPIS if they are working for a public interest employer during the summer and are not receiving compensation or academic credit for the work.

Students must secure public interest employment prior to submitting the SPIS application. Public interest positions may include employment such as working for a legal aid organization, non-profit organization, governmental agency, prosecutor’s office, public defender’s office, or clerking for a judge. Applications are available on Symplicity.  The deadline to submit the SPIS applications is typically in early April, with award decisions made in early May.

Questions about the SPIS program can be directed to Robyn Rucker,, 219.465.7972.