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USC Law School Opportunity for Nonprofits

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Nonprofit Organizations Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Law, which provides free legal assistance to nonprofit organizations of all types, is accepting clients for the fall 2019 semester.


Students provide legal assistance to nonprofit organizations, under the supervision of Professor Jaclyn Cherry, in transactional matters that include incorporation, preparation of by-laws, preparation and filing of 501(c)(3) applications, contract review, preparation and negotiation, real estate, intellectual property and land use issues. Students may attend board meetings, provide advice on various legal matters, and provide legal assistance to start up organizations or organizations that are merging, converting or spinning off new ventures.


The number of clients that can be assisted is limited and once capacity is reached a waiting list will be created. 


If you are interested in becoming a client, please contact Professor Cherry as soon as possible at or 803-777-3394.


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Jaclyn A. Cherry 

Jaclyn A. Cherry


Jaclyn Cherry is a leading expert in nonprofit and tax exempt law. She serves as an advisor for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations and has co-authored several nonprofit tax exempt articles and texts including the 3rd edition of her casebook Tax Exempt Organizations: Cases and Materials (2014) and Understanding Nonprofit and Tax Exempt Organizations (2012). Jaclyn served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 2014–June 2018 where she oversaw and managed the Law School curriculum and all academic programs and services.  Jaclyn teaches nonprofit, tax exempt and other courses, including the nonprofit organizations clinic and small business capstone course at the Law School. Her presentations include “Nonprofit Board of Director Governance” for the Advanced Leadership Academy in cooperation with the Initiative on Social Enterprise at the Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

She serves on the advisory board of the Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough Center on Professionalism, is a member and advisor of the American Law Institute, and founding member of the South Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (SCVLA).  Jaclyn served as the Chair of the Veterans Clinic Director hiring committee during the fall 2017. She was a co-chair of the Governance Review Committee of the Clinical Legal Education Association of the American Association of Law Schools and won the G.G. Dowling Faculty Award given by the University of South Carolina School of Law to a faculty member who typifies to fellow faculty outstanding qualities of integrity, concern for others and legal scholarship.  Jaclyn was a Visiting Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and Associate Director and Professor of Clinical Legal Education at Duquesne University School of Law. She has practiced law and served as General Counsel to many nonprofit tax exempt organizations. She served as board president of the Bethlehem Project, was a board member of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and a board member of Redstone Highlands Presbyterian Seniorcare. She is the author of several chapters in the recently published SC Nonprofit Corporate Practice Manual, 2nd ed. (2015).

Tags:  law  Legal  nonprofit legal help  USC 


New Internship Opportunity for Midlands Nonprofits

Posted By Alex Blauvelt, Thursday, January 11, 2018

Dear Nonprofit Members,

I wanted to share with you an opportunity that we have at the University of South Carolina to recruit students as interns for the Summer of 2018.

Through a recent donation the University has received, we have an opportunity for one student to be selected to engage in an unpaid internship (but be paid by the University) with a nonprofit organization in the Columbia community. These student(s) will be known as our Richter Interns. This is a great opportunity for our students to gain exposure to what it’s like to work in the nonprofit sector and for you to have some additional help in the great work that you are doing to serve the community and beyond. In order to be considered as an organization that could receive a student, the following is required for the internship:

  1. Your organization needs to be approved by our Career Center through the career management platform in the Career Center called Handshake, and your internship experience/internship description must be submitted to Handshake as well. The guide to become approved in our system can be found at this link. We ask that the internship have an educational focus to help the student gain real-work experience that will prepare them for their future. (This is not a part-time job.) The internship must align with our Community Internship Program (CIP) requirements included as a link in this email message.
  2. Place your intern under proper supervision, provide orientation, and train the student for the work environment and the condition of employment.
  3. Provide your intern with meaningful work assignments with gradually increasing responsibility related to their career goals.
  4. Participate in a mid-semester phone or site consultation with the student and Career Center staff
  5. Conduct a post-internship performance review of the intern that is provided by the Career Center

Additional Information:

  1. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2018
  2. Internship work schedules, such as days and hours per week, will be determined by the organization. However, the recommended work hour requirement, which is found in the agreement, needs to be met (approximately 240 hours).
  3. This summer we will select one student, but in the future we will select more.


In order to be considered for this program, you must submit your internship experience into our system. If you would need assistance with setting up an internship experience for a student, please follow this link.

Click here to download the employer application.

Should you have any questions about this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Erin Mullen at the USC Career Center by email at or phone at (803) 777-4466.

Tags:  Internships  Midlands  nonprofits  Together SC  USC 


USC College of Social Work Class Looking to Collaborate on Community Projects

Posted By Benjamin Bullock, Together SC, Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work invites organizations to submit project proposals for the spring 2018 Master’s Level Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities course. This is the second year for the service learning model in this course and we seek community partners to collaborate with us on this important and exciting process.

In this course, first-year master of social work students learn about stakeholder assessment, community engagement, and management in diverse settings. They apply their developing knowledge and skills in projects completed in partnership with coalitions, organizations, and government agencies in the region. The projects are structured to address an organizational or community practice question that your agency may need answered. 

Perhaps you need to know more about a target population for a program, effective program options for addressing a given issue, or how to reach or mobilize a stakeholder group. Students can engage with stakeholders, review the best available evidence, and recommend strategies for addressing the issue.

As described in the attached materials (See Download Link below), the project will correspond to the learning objectives for the course. The project must also include a point-person within your agency who will work with the student team and agree to attend both an orientation and the project presentations. Other relevant details include:

  • Projects will occur for the duration of spring semester 2018
  • Students will work in teams of four or five students.
  • Each student team will be led by a faculty member and a community liaison.
  • Students will have dedicated class time to work on the project, and will complete a comprehensive project report and presentation for your agency.

Organizations interested in hosting a project team or multiple teams can express their interest by completing a project proposal online.


Kirk A. Foster, PhD, MSW, MDiv
Associate Professor
University of South Carolina | College of Social Work | Columbia SC 29208

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Tags:  community  Midlands  social work  USC 

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