Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program Student Information

Students Participate in ESCAP in the following ways:

Internship: Students work in a juvenile court or advocacy organization in Georgia under the supervision of child advocacy professionals on child deprivation issues.

Research Grant: Students work under the supervision of professor or an approved child advocacy professional on a research project that will result in a substantial final paper (40 pages minimum).

Program Information

Who May Apply?
Law students or graduate level students interested in working on child abuse and neglect issues. The program is open to students from all educational institutions. Students who will graduate in December 2019 or May 2020 are NOT eligible to apply.

Read and print the Applicant Checklist.

Application period will open in November 2019. A list of available metro Atlanta placements and outside metro Atlanta placements are available for review.  We encourage you to review the lists, then return here to complete the application form below. Deadline to apply:  December 19, 2019, 12:00 noon.

Program Dates
May 26-29, 2020 - attend mandatory training on Emory campus.
June 1-August 10, 2020 - 10-week internship (400 hours in placement) or research project.

Review the available placements for a description of the work to be performed this summer. You will rank your preferences in the online application form. Deadline to apply:  December 19, 2019, 12:00 noon.

Atlanta placements (information coming in November)

Read what previous students have said about their placements.

Gross salary is $5,700 for the ten-week internship period and mandatory training week.

Housing & Transportation
Obtaining housing for the duration of the internship is the responsibility of the intern. Previous interns have been successful with sites such as Craigslist and AirBnB. Some public transportation is available beyond metro-Atlanta, but it may not provide the reliability and coverage necessary for business travel. Generally, a personal vehicle is required in those areas. MARTA public transportation can be utilized in some areas for those who live and work in the metro-Atlanta region, but a personal vehicle may still be necessary.


Application period is now closed. Deadline to apply:  December 19, 2019, 12:00 noon.

After reading the information below, return here and click on Application for Students (link is inactive when application period is closed) to submit your application online. Helpful tip: Prepare your cover letter and resume as a pdf before proceeding to the online application. You will be uploading those documents to the online application form. Please include your last name in the file name of each document.

Cover letters should be addressed to Ms. Michele Papotto, Program Coordinator, Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory University School of Law, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322.

All documents should be submitted electronically. If you experience problems with the online application, please call Michele at 404-712-8367 immediately.

Read and print the Applicant Checklist. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline to apply:  December 19, 2019, 12:00 noon

Program Requirements Summary


  • Attend training week (May 26-29, 2020)
  • Complete 40 hours/week for 10 weeks (400 hours) in the internship placement (June 1-August 10, 2020)
  • Submit weekly field notes
  • Participate in ESCAP meetings/site visits during the summer
  • Complete a final evaluation
  • Submit 3-5 page written summary about the internship experience (August 2020)

Research Papers

  • Attend training week (May 26-29, 2020)
  • Complete 40 hours/week for 10 weeks (400 hours) on the research project (June 1-August 10, 2020)
  • Submit weekly field notes
  • Participate in ESCAP meetings/site visits during the summer
  • Complete and submit a research paper (40 pages, minimum) August 2020

Selection for Program

The Barton Child Law and Policy Center will screen applicants and match suitable applicants with three to five of the placements requesting interns. The list of placements will be posted in November 2019. All applicants will be notified via email in late January 2020 regarding whether they have been selected to continue with the selection process. Not all applicants will move to the next phase of the selection process.

Applicants chosen to continue in the selection process will receive further instructions and a list of the organizations with which they have been matched.

The final matches between applicants and organizations will be made by the selection committee. Finalists will receive an email containing an offer letter by late February 2020. Please note that notification timelines may change to comply with programmatic guidelines. Changes or updates will be posted here when practical.

The selection committee will evaluate each applicant on the following:

  • potential impact on practice or policy through his or her work over the summer;
  • apparent ability (based on qualifications and responses to the application questions) to successfully complete the program;
  • provide a benefit to a sponsoring child advocacy organization or proposed recipient of the research project;
  • provide meaningful information to others at the conclusion of the program.