The Advocacy Training for Interns Program (ATIP)

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 industries.


  • 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.


Who can apply?

  • Law or pre-law students
  • Practicing lawyers or mediators
  • Paralegals
  • Consumer advocates

Applicant space is limited and applicants will be accepted on the basis of academic record, enthusiasm and background.

Time required

Three months

Program benefits

  • This program can be done entirely online. You set your own hours, so it's ideal for students and working professionals.
  • Gain insights into mediation processes and develop skills in "adversarial relationship" management
  • Add quantifiable, hands-on experience to your resume to make your school and job applications stand out.
  • Develop interpersonal skills to help you deal with difficult negotiations
  • Gain greater insight into consumer, employment, environmental and other areas of law.

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We'll notify you of acceptance within 48 hours.

*IMPORTANT: PeopleClaim is a public dispute resolution system, independent of the BBB, small claims court, or other dispute resolution services. PeopleClaim is not a law firm and does not provide legal services, opinions, or advice. PeopleClaim facilitates peer-to-peer negotiation and resolution and crowdsourced input on issues of fairness to help resolve complaints. Users should contact professional legal counsel on any matters of law or regulation regarding their claims. PeopleClaim does not review or evaluate the merits of claims submitted through its site, and users are solely responsible for all content filed in their claims.