The Child Advocacy Grant is an endowed fund, established by a generous anonymous donor, which provides grant funding to Wesleyan students who are interested in pursuing summer internship opportunities focused in protecting the rights of children in crisis. Lawyers For Children provides free legal and social work advocacy to abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children in high conflict custody cases.

The Child Advocacy Grant supplies Wesleyan students with the resources and opportunity to partner directly with LFC. The recipient will be selected for the LFC Social Work Interns Program—a robust and competitive summer program that allows motivated undergraduates to gain hands-on experience working directly with Lawyers For Children’s legal and social work teams. LFC Interns will be able to help to prepare cases for hearings or trial; and observe on field visits, during client interviews, and during court cases.

Any application received after 9 p.m. on March 5th will not be considered.


  • The Child Advocacy Grant is open to rising juniors and seniors.
  • Applicants must be receiving need-based financial aid at the time they apply.
  • Grants are given for 8 to 10-week summer opportunity (35-40 hours a week) interning directly for Lawyers For Children.
  • The grant recipient must meet (interview, Skype, or FaceTime) with Lawyers For Children staff before the selection is finalized.

Criteria for Selection
Applications are evaluated on:

  • The ability of the internship to enhance the student’s Wesleyan educational experience, provide new skills and/or test or broaden the student’s areas of career interest.
  • The feasibility of the outlined budget.
  • Written statements

Grants Award
$4,000 grant is awarded to cover expenses related to the internship. 
Please note: Wesleyan University does not make any determination on the taxability of these awards. Please consult a tax advisor to determine your tax status and liability.

Application Process
Applicants must submit the following documents to the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 

  1. Resume (must be a resume approved by the Gordon Career Center on Handshake--note that resumes are reviewed, not necessarily, approved on Handshake with 48 hours or 2-business days, so please plan accordingly)
  2. Completed application
  3. A detailed budget outlining the expected expenses for the duration of the internship. The submitted budget total should not exceed $4,000 (including Wesleyan’s Summer Earning Expectation -- see for more information on the Summer Earning Expectation). If your budget exceeds $4,000 please provide a detailed written explanation accounting for the additional expenses. There is no guarantee the portion of your budget above $4,000 will be funded.
  4. Complete and detailed written statements

Visit the 2017 Wesleyan Grants Application page for full application instructions. 
Apply for Wesleyan Grants online via the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake.