PeopleClaim has designed an advocacy training internship program for undergraduate
and graduate students studying in the field of law. The internship program is open
to law or pre-law students, practicing lawyers or mediators, and paralegals.
Interns will participate in an experimental program of online dispute resolution
for a broad range of consumer and commercial conflicts; they will partake in an
online forum that discusses live, actual disputes with the goal of identifying key
resolution strategies. Interns will be evaluated on the number of disputes they
assist with, and how creative and successful their input is. Whichever intern is
the most successful throughout the program will be considered the winner of ATIP.
Core requirements for interns:
- Internship requirement is a minimum of three months; interns are welcome to stay
with us as long as they would like.
- Interns must evaluate and comment on 25 disputes per month and put in approximately
5 hours of online work per week.
- Maintain a blog discussing insights into conflict theory, alternative dispute resolution,
and processes with emphasis online dispute resolution mechanisms.
- Write consumer rights articles and reports on how to resolve disputes within specific
- Become a better legal professional.
- Gain extensive hands on experience with dispute resolution dynamics.
- Develop negotiating insight and skills.
- Add concrete experience to graduate school or job applications.
- Assist disputing parties in consumer health and advocacy issues.
- Gain a greater understanding of the mediation processes and develop proficiencies
in oppositional relationship management.
- Develop interpersonal skills that will facilitate in managing various types of negotiations,
and gain greater insight into all the different areas of law.
Criteria for acceptance:
- Must have an interest in helping others.
- Have a passion for participating and improving the practice of law and dispute resolution.
- Highly motivated and self-motivated
PeopleClaim was co-founded by web entrepreneur Mark Deuitch and Carl Singer, former
CEO of Timberland, BVD and Sealy, to help businesses and consumers resolve disputes
faster and more constructively.
PeopleClaim provides a self-directed dispute resolution process that reduces litigation
risk and allows disputing parties to resolve most common types of conflicts through
online negotiation and settlement.
Unresolved claims can be posted on the internet for public review and comment. Lawyers,
consumer advocates, other claimants and the public are invited to review the claims
that have been made public and offer suggestions to help the parties in the dispute
find better solutions.
The PeopleClaim internship is a social experiment in online conflict resolution
and settlement. Our goal is to explore ways to assist both disputing parties and
the court system in pre-empting litigation and reducing the cost burden of commercial
disputes on society and business.
In additional to providing you with potentially valuable experience and skills in
consensual dispute resolution, your involvement may also help evolve more constructive
resolution processes for a wide range of legal and meditative applications.