MLK Internships


Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Martin Luther King Jr. Internship Program provides a paid (currently $4,000), 10-week opportunity for talented law students to spend their summer experiencing the real world of legal aid advocacy. MLKs work under the supervision of seasoned Legal Aid attorneys in our offices and projects across the state, bringing legal theory to life by doing substantive work on real cases for real clients. MLKs also have priority when applying for attorney positions at Legal Aid after graduation. If you are passionate about equal justice for all and want a meaningful, skill-building summer internship, then commit to becoming an MLK today.

You can find a list of counties served by each field office here: Additionally, details about the statewide projects are located here:


Applications are being accepted for MLK interns in the following offices/statewide projects:


  • Fayetteville (must be rising 3L)
  • Gastonia
  • High Country (Boone)
  • Pembroke

To apply for a position, submit a cover letter (addressed to Niya Fonville Swint, Chief Community Engagement Officer), resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) references to Your cover letter must specify up to three (3) offices or projects for which you would like to be considered.

Meet our MLKs

Meet past MLKs and learn about the great work they did for our clients.

Julian Manrique

Farmworker Unit

Larry Futrell

Ahoskie Office

MLK Internship Program Sponsors

Sponsors support the longstanding tradition of paid summer internships at Legal Aid of North Carolina offices across the state.

Thank you to our Sponsors so far in 2024:

Mountaintop Sponsors

Truth Builder Sponsor

Bank of America

Friends of MLK Internship Program

Charles Bowyer

Katherine Haddock

LeeAnne Quattrucci

Tin Fulton Walker & Owen PLLC

The Bill & Eileen Blancato Fund

Ruffin Sykes

To support Legal Aid of NC’s MLK Internship program, view the sponsorship packet or contact