The Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship Program

The Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship is a 10 week, paid summer internship for 2nd and 3rd year law students. Created in honor of LFW’s second president, Charles Goldmark, the Goldmark Internship is a hands-on training program for law students focusing on 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.

Apply for the Summer 2017 Internship:

Host Organizations: LFW’s Board of Trustees holds a competitive process each year to select a legal aid program in Washington state to host the Goldmark Intern during the following summer. Legal aid organizations are invited to submit an Application Form.  Application deadline was July 2016.

Congratulations to the 2017 Goldmark Internship host site:  King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services Family Law program.

2L and 3L Law Students:                          

Application deadline:  October 7, 2016
Interviews:                     early November 2016
Winner announced:     early December 2016
Summer Internship: 10 weeks between May – August 2017 (the Goldmark Intern and the host program agree on exact dates of the Internship.)

Law Students applicants submit ALL of the following:

  1. Current resume
  2. Registrar-provided official transcript reflecting Fall 2016 enrollment (online student accessed print outs not accepted)
  3. Cover letter or essay, minimum 500 words, describing your interest in the internship host program.

Send via email to:

or by US Mail to:

Goldmark Internship Committee
1325 4th Avenue #1335
Seattle, WA 98101


History of the Goldmark Equal Access to Justice 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, Goldmark Interns have worked to provide equal access to justice across Washington State. View list of past Goldmark Interns.

Read about 2015 Goldmark Intern, Ingrid Zerpa at the STAR Program in Walla Walla and the 2016 Goldmark Intern, Tarra Simmons, who worked with the Northwest Justice Project‘s RISE program in Seattle, WA.

“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