Goldmark Equal Justice Internship Program


The Goldmark Equal Justice Internship is a 10 week, paid summer internship for 2Ls and 3Ls. Created in honor of LFW’s second president, Charles Goldmark, the Goldmark Internship provides hands-on experience in providing legal aid through research, writing, casework, and client services. In addition to gaining valuable experience in public interest law, the Goldmark Intern receives an $8,000 stipend. There is little or no cost to the host program.

Summer 2016 Internship Announcement: Northwest Justice Project’s RISE project

Application Process:

Each summer, the LFW’s Goldmark Internship Committee holds a competitive process to select a legal aid program to host the next Goldmark Internship. The program site for the Goldmark Internship is announced in mid-August and applications are accepted until the mid-October deadline. After reviewing the applications, the Committee invites finalists to interview in November. The winner is announced in early December. The intern and the host site coordinate to schedule the 10 week internship for the following summer.

2016 Internship Application Timeline:

Host program application deadline

July 20, 2015

Host program site announcement posted

August 17, 2015

Internship application deadline

October 16, 2015


November 20, 2015

Winner announced

December 4, 2015

2016 Internship

10 weeks between May – August 2016

How to Apply:  Submit ALL of the following:

1.    Current resume

2.    Registrar-provided official transcript reflecting Fall 2015  enrollment (online student accessed print outs not accepted)

3.    Cover letter or essay, minimum 500 words, describing  your interest in:

·      aiding equal access to the civil justice system,

·      facilitating prisoner re-entry,

·      and enhancing the RISE Project with your skills.


Send via email:

Or mail to:

Goldmark Internship Committee

1325 4th Avenue #1335

Seattle, WA  98101


History of the Goldmark Internship

The Legal Foundation of Washington’s Board of Trustees created the Goldmark Internships in 1992 with a $50,000 gift from the Charles and Annie Goldmark Family Foundation. The Internship honors second LFW president, Charles A. Goldmark, a respected advocate for equal access to the justice system. The internship was created as a tribute to Chuck and to encourage young lawyers to emulate his ardent commitment to provide civil legal aid to under-served populations.

Charles Goldmark played a pivotal role in the creation of Washington State's IOLTA program and is remembered through two LFW programs: the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award and Luncheon and the Goldmark Equal Justice Internship Program. Since 1993, twenty-two Goldmark Interns have worked to provide equal access to justice across Washington State.

"Chuck believed that it is the responsibility of each of us, in our own way to try to improve some aspect of our society beyond ourselves. To leave our society just a little bit better than when we found it when we arrived here. He believed that, as a lawyer, he could accomplish this. Chuck practiced what he believed."

Kevin F. Kelly
Foundation President, 1997