SWEL Foundation

Internship Information

Join the SWEL Experience

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Internship Guidelines


Internship Guidelines

Application for Internship

Students interested in SWEL must submit the following documentation: 

>> An application

>> A current resume

>> A cover letter

>> A transcript of grades (to include the most recent academic period)

>> A graded writing sample (must be reviewed and graded by a professor or faculty member)

>> One letter of recommendation


SWEL, Inc.

225 East Sixth Street, Second Floor

Cincinnati, OH 45202

All application information must be received by Friday, March 16, 2019.  Submissions after this date will not be accepted.  Students must have a current and valid drivers license or state I.D. card and a Social Security card or birth certificate.  For more information contact Kenneth Parker at 513.280.0905



SWEL affords students the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the rigors of a career in law and the preparation needed to be successful in such a career.  SWEL targets primarily Greater Cincinnati and Dayton African American high school seniors and college students.  SWEL selects students based on interest and availability, and offers supporting classes and supervision to retain student interest over an average three year period. 

 Participation in other summer activities (e.g., College of Mt. St. Joseph’s SCOPE program, Upward Bound, band camp, athletics, summer school) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Summer school for high school students is generally a disqualifier.


Acceptance into SWEL is competitive in nature.  Criteria includes, but is not limited to demonstrated competence in academics as reflected in the academic transcript; writing ability as demonstrated in the resume, cover letter and writing sample; and employment availability.  In addition, school and community activities are considered good predictors of a successful SWEL student.

Program Information

SWEL is a summer internship program that helps students make an informed decision about applying to law school.  SWEL sets the stage for each student’s own self-discovery by exposing them to the inherent opportunities and challenges of practicing law through summer work experiences, coaching, and networking.  The program operates from approximately mid June through early August.  Students work in paid legal internships, attend weekly legal seminars, visit law schools throughout Ohio and the tri-state region, and participate in networking and community service activities.  Students are responsible for securing their own housing for the summer.