Why get involved?

When you hire a Summer Jobs student, not only are you offering them a way to earn money for the summer, but you are also helping them to develop critical professional skills.

The students offer enthusiastic help in a busy office environment. Selected from a talented pool of applicants, the students are motivated and engaged individuals who have interest in learning about new career pathways. Many students are bilingual and possess strong technical skills, and all are capable of handling a variety of office projects. For more information, click here.

The Boston Bar Association is one of the ten largest private sector employers in Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Summer Jobs Program. The BBA Program is a long-time partnership with the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). Since its inception in 1993, the program has helped more than 750 Boston Public High School students find summer employment in law firms and law offices in our community.

The Students

Students who apply for the program are pre-screened and selected based on motivation, achievement, and potential. They attend an orientation session as well as weekly seminars on financial literacy and professional skills. For a closer look at the impact of the program, see stories from our 2015 Summer Jobs students below:

Zaek Rodriguez Kelly learned about the life of a trial lawyer while working in the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General. Meet Zaek.

Hermuna Taib helped with a pro bono project in Uganda during her summer internship at DLA Piper LLP. Meet Hermuna.

Nensi Gjata and Kevin Truong spent their summer in the Conflicts department and Court Procedures department at Goodwin Procter LLP. Meet Nensi and Kevin.

Who Can Apply?

The program is open to Boston public high school students who have completed at least their sophomore year. Students interested in applying should contact the PIC Career Specialist at their school for more information.

Boston Bar Foundation

In 2015, the BBF funded 15 students to work at legal service organizations, government agencies, and courts. To learn more about what the BBF does, click here. Meet BBF Summer Jobs students here to see what impact the BBF's donations have on Boston youth.


To learn more, please contact Cassandra Shavney, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at cshavney@bostonbar.org.