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Legal Summer Institute Program

Project Harmony Legal Summer Institute 2021

Program Requirements

Interns will:

  • Attend training week (May 24-27, 2021)
  • Complete 40 hours/week for 10 weeks (400 hours) in the internship placement (June 1-August 10, 2021)
  • Submit weekly time sheets and field notes
  • Participate in Legal Summer Institute (LSI) meetings during the summer
  • Complete a final evaluation
  • Submit 3-5 page written summary about the internship experience (August 2021)

Program Information

Student applications are now open! Apply Today at 2021 Legal Summer Institute Internship

Organizations that requested an intern will receive a list of candidates to review and interview in January.  After this, the organization ranks the candidates they would be interested in hosting.  Law students, also, submit a list of rank preferences.  Then a selection committee at Project Harmony will facilitate matching the law students with organizations.  Every effort is made to match the preferences of both parties, but there is no guarantee that every placement will receive an intern.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Rogers, LSI program Director, at 402-850-3456 or  Thank you for your willingness to participate in the LSI program to mentor emerging child welfare professionals.

Continue reading below for more information regarding the Legal Summer Institute program including internship specifics and testimonials.


“Hosting an intern from the Project Harmony LSI Program was a really valuable addition to our organization’s child welfare advocacy work. Having an intern who came in already having attended Project Harmony’s training on Nebraska’s child welfare system enabled them to jump right in and be an effective, comfortable, and passionate contributor to our work.”
— Nebraska Appleseed

“Project Harmony’s LSI Program provided the County Attorney’s Office with the wonderful opportunity to host an intern specifically for the juvenile division. We started the Program thinking that it would be a valuable experience for our intern, but as it turns out it was our intern’s research, recommendations, and insights that proved to be valuable to us. The LSI Program is perfect for any law student who is interested in working in the child welfare arena because it provides practical, real-world experience.”
— Sarpy County Attorney’s Office


Modeled after the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program through Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Project Harmony’s newly created Legal Summer Institute program provides law students with a hands-on learning opportunity in the field of child advocacy as well as provides child advocacy professionals with the benefits of student interns during the summer months.

Students work in a juvenile court or advocacy organization in Omaha, Lincoln, or Council Bluffs under the supervision of child advocacy professionals on child welfare issues.

Who May Apply?

Law students interested in working on child abuse and neglect issues. Students who will graduate May 2021 are NOT eligible to apply.

Program Dates

May 24-27, 2021 — attend mandatory training at Project Harmony.
June 1 – August 10, 2021 — 10-week internship (400 hours in placement).


2021 possible placements for students will include Douglas County Attorney Office, Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, Sarpy County Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Court Judge in Sarpy and Douglas County, Appleseed, Foster Care Review Board, Legal Aid of Nebraska, Voices for Children, and the Smart Generation Society.


Gross salary is $5,000 for the ten-week internship period.

Housing & Transportation

Obtaining housing and transportation for the duration of the internship is the responsibility of the intern.

To Apply

Student internship application are now open. Apply today!

The cover letter should include why you are interested in this program, why you are a good fit for this internship, and what types of placements you are interested in.

Deadline to apply: January 15, 2021, 12:00 noon.

If you have any questions please call:
Anne Rogers at 402-850-3456 or email at

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- Rotary Club of Omaha Northwest

Thank you so much for coming to Children’s and speaking to our staff. Your talk on “Understanding Poverty” was excellent, and I could see “wheels turning” as some staff members commented on simple ways their interactions might make a difference for children and parents.

- Patty Carrell, CMSW

I have felt that my input has been highly valued and respected when it comes to doing my job, and that is something that speaks volumes to the working environment here at Project Harmony.

- Brenda Jewell

We began collaborating with the Project Harmony through their Connections program last year, and we’ve continued the partnership. Connections represents an extremely valuable partnership and an opportunity to provide our students with a bridge to mental health services.

- Papillion La Vista Community Schools

Our experience and partnership with Project Harmony/Connections has been fantastic! It is a comfort knowing we have a partner who can connect our students and families with the appropriate resources in times of crisis or trauma.

- Millard Public Schools

This shadowing experience actually made me very interested in this field. One aspect that helped me narrow my choice of careers is the environment that Project Harmony had. It was very upbeat, cheerful and bright.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Project Harmony for planning and delivering professional development to our 70 counselors, social workers and community counselors. We feel fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our community to partner with.

- Millard Public Schools

You have a top rate program – really national quality. I’m totally impressed.

- Lisa Fontes

At our last D2 Center Board meeting, I was describing the training and professional development we provide for our staff. At the top of the list was Project Harmony. Please know that you are providing an invaluable service to nonprofits in our community.

- Greg Emmel

Congratulations on the great media coverage of your Stewards class at Project Harmony on WOWT. You did a great job articulating the importance of prevention, and Susan was amazing too. Thank you so much for your partnership and all the important work you are doing.

- Cindy McElhinney – Darkness to Light

Just wanted to know that you made a difference in my life, and I will be using that momentum to make a difference in the lives of others. You are truly a rock star and a role model for me. Thank you for a new life I’m getting the chance to live.

- Anonymous

Many children through my caseload have received a backpack generously donated to the Project Harmony Triage Center. I have witnessed many faces light up when given the opportunity to pick out a new backpack, and I am very grateful for the generosity of the Junior League.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

I have never felt as valued at other organizations like I do at Project Harmony. I really feel that the culture of a working environment is incredibly important. If an employee feels respected, valued and supported, that person will likely give more to fulfill the mission.

- Javier Castellote

Nick and Javier were great teachers and role players. It gave us an opportunity to see how someone in that situation would have reacted to our questions. They did a great job at showing us the difference between sympathy and empathy.

- Anonymous

I was able to shadow Mr. Nick Zadina. He was in charge of dealing with abused kids and help them. I am thankful to know all the information I learned during shadowing because it was eye opening.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

The experience at Project Harmony was a deepening reminder of empathy that will be vital in my career as a nurse. I felt my perspective was widened on how others think, especially when discussing the assumptions we make.

- Anonymous

I didn’t know how many people work at Project Harmony, so I drew a lot to show how much Project Harmony means to me!

- Project Harmony Client

As difficult as a removal is on a child, the backpack they receive at Project Harmony provides a sense of belonging and hope. It truly is amazing something that seems so simple can change the perspective and shine light on these children.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

Great leadership for a wonderful cause with outstanding long-term goals. Keep on doing all the good you do.

- Bill & Jean O’Conner

Project Harmony is the reason I started my journey in college. I just finished my associates and I'm going for my bachelors now in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. Y'all helped my daughter back in early 2013 and I knew what I wanted to do with my life — help children.

- LaLa Ann

A young lady who works in our field told me that she loved what we do here at Project Harmony — she had been to Project Harmony seven years ago for a forensic interview. She said her positive experience was the biggest reason she is doing the work that she is today.

- Trainee

I found out that my foster son is going to have a forensic interview here at Project Harmony soon. It’s been interesting being on the other side of things and feeling so reassured that the child I care so deeply about is in very caring and capable hands.

- Jessica Kroeker

Nick demonstrated how one person could impact a huge group of student nurses by just attending his presentation. He gave me the reason, the courage to act, and the knowledge how to save victims that I will face in my future nursing career.

- Anonymous

I recently attended the Testifying Training course. Since that class I have been subpoenaed three times, and I had to testify at each hearing. Without this class I would have been less than prepared and too nervous to be credible. Thank you so much!

- Jenny Lewis

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