Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program

This Committee is responsible for administering and managing all aspects of the Section’s Diversity Internship program, named in honor of former NYSBA President Kenneth G. Standard. The Section works with various New York State law schools each year to select several “diverse” law students to apply for summer internships in corporate law departments with New York State based companies or organizations that are willing to pay at least half the $6,000 stipend that is granted to each intern, with Section funds supplying the other half. The hiring company decides which applicant(s) to select from the pool supplied by the law schools. The Section also pays the full $6,000 stipend for at least one “diverse” intern to work as an intern for a not-for-profit and now works through the New York Bar Foundation to fund one NFP intern. This Committee has also set up a mentoring program for internship alumni.


The Corporate Counsel Section KGS Intern Program has had 46 interns in the history of its program from 2006. 2013 was the 8th year of the Corporate Counsel Section’s Kenneth G. Standard Internship Program, which focuses on identifying and supporting in-house internship opportunities for law students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The program is named in honor of former Association president, Kenneth Standard, and his commitment to initiatives aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession.Through its Diversity Internship Committee, the Corporate Counsel Section Section is one of a very few number of sections that has produced a program of this nature. The Section provides in its budget, funds for half of each student’s salary, but many of the host companies over the years fully provide for the students’ salaries. Due to the generosity of the host companies, more students each year are able to participate in the program. This year 5 students are working with in-house counsel offices. The ACE Group (2 interns), AllianceBernstein, NYSTEC, Pitney Bowes, Visiting Nurse Service of New York are hosting interns from New York Law School, Albany Law School (3 students), Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and CUNY School of Law. This year’s Foundation Fellowship has been rolled over to 2014 and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is the recipient of the Fellowship.Interns. To see the 2013 Kenneth G. Standard Internship Program see here.