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 800 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 2016 Summer Jobs students below:

Sherley Muscade learned about the life of a government attorney while working at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Meet Sherley.


Alicia Zhang learned at Peabody & Arnold LLP how different working as an attorney can be from what you see on TV. Meet Alicia.


 At the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Katherine Urbaez translated informational flyers to Spanish, teaching her about resources available to low-income families. Meet Katherine.

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 2016, the BBF funded 11 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.


If you are interested in hiring a student for 2017 or would like more information, please contact Cassandra Shavney, Public Service Programs Coordinator, at cshavney@bostonbar.org.