PILO Summer Grants

PILO Grant Application Information


Click HERE for the 2018 PILO Grant Application

Every year we use the money we raise at the PILO Auction and other Fundraising Events to award hardworking students summer grants in order to work at unpaid internships in public interest. Our goal is to increase awareness of the exciting opportunities in public interest law and aid these dedicated students in pursuing their interests. There’s no risk to apply! Students can withdraw their grant application if they decide to accept a paid internship offer. Any stipend is intended to defray summer living expenses for room, board, and the like during the public interest internship.

The Wake Law policy is that students who receive PILO grants may not receive summer funding from another law school source such as research assistant (“RA”) funding. Wake Law’s PILO summer grant contingent on the amount of funding needed to help students who have acquired an unpaid summer legal positions or unpaid legal internships. Therefore, a student who has accepted a summer RA position is thus not eligible to receive a PILO student grant for that simultaneous time period.
Moreover, if a student accepts an Research Assistant position after the student has received notice of a PILO grant award, the student must notify the Director of the Smith Anderson Center immediately. Student applicants understand that under such circumstances, the PILO grant must be returned to the law school.
General Qualifications:
  • Unpaid
  • Public Interest Related
  • Legal
  • Either 5 or 10 weeks (works with study abroad courses)
Note: Positions with politicians, think tanks, public policy organizations and for profit entities DO NOT qualify for PILO grant awards.
Here is the PILO Grant Application Info Session power point presentation from the PILO Summer Grant Info Session held on 3/19/2018!


How Did You Use Your Grant?

“I received a PILO grant after my 1L summer, which allowed me to work for the Environmental Division at the North Carolina Attorney General’s office. I worked on criminal appeals, attended depositions, and researched state and federal case law for environmental issues across the state. My time at the Attorney General’s office was invaluable to my early legal education, and PILO helped me afford that opportunity.”

-Holly Ingram, ’19