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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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Each summer for the last eighteen years, the ACC Chicago Diversity Summer Internship Program (the “Program”) has placed a select group of diverse first year law students from Illinois law schools in internships with Chicagoland corporate legal departments. In 2022 the Program was a combination of in-person and virtual events keeping student safety as its number one priority. 

The Program consists of four main components: (1) the corporate in-house internship, (2) robust mentorship through interactive programming, (3) network building, and (4) volunteering. In addition, students are provided a $10,000 stipend to work for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer.

Each intern was assigned to work in the legal department of a Chicago area company, where they performed a variety of tasks, including legal research, memo writing, contract drafting, attending internal and external meetings, and generally experiencing what in-house attorneys do on a day-to-day basis.  

The programming portion of the internship includes attendance at a handful of evening events which are attended by all interns, mentors, corporate hosts and other in-house lawyers.  Programming includes a Resume Writing and Interview Workshop, a Networking Workshop, a volunteer charity event, and other social and educational networking events.  In addition, each intern was assigned two mentors – a lawyer within their host legal department and a lawyer from the ACC Chicago Chapter.

The Program offer its interns the opportunity to meet and network with their future peers, including current in-house counsel, ACC Chicago Chapter members, and attorneys from various law firms throughout the Chicagoland area.  Social outings and other substantive programs provide ample time and a unique opportunity for interns, hosts, and mentors to get to know each other.  As such, mandatory attendance is required for each event.


The Chicago Chapter of ACC looks for students from diverse backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.  Additionally, the Chapter seeks students who are eager to learn and are capable of thriving in a corporate environment.

Requirements (no exceptions):
- Currently enrolled in an Illinois law school
- Only open to first year law students (1Ls)

Students must complete an application and submit following the instructions.  The deadline is typically in early January.  A link to the application will be posted on this page in the fall.   


The Chapter extends an invitation to Chapter members, via email in December each year, inviting their company to participate as an intern host in the Diversity Summer Internship Program.  The success of the program has led to increased visibility in and among the Chicago legal community and beyond and corporate interest in participating has never been higher. 

All interested students are required to submit an application, resume and essays as well as undergo extensive interviews with members of the ACC Chicago Chapter.  

We are very proud of this program and the success it has brought to many students who would otherwise have had no opportunity to work in the in-house community and gain valuable hands-on experience in addition to receiving invaluable career advice from seasoned veterans. 


Alumni please be sure to join our LinkedIn alumni group.  Stay connected with our network!



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