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Student Volunteer Internships

Attorneys | Support Staff | Student Interns | Employee Benefits

United States Attorney's Office Eastern District Of Michigan
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226


Charles Masegian, Human Resources Specialist
(313) 226-9772
(313) 226-2311

An internship with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated law student:  an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today.  Working with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and other staff, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and property of citizens.  The United States Attorney=s Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district.  The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of Federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties.

Projected Number of Volunteers:

Ten for Summer Program
Four to Six for Fall Program
Four to Six for Winter/Spring Program

Internship Locations:

The majority of opportunities are expected to be located in Detroit, Michigan.  Internships may also be available at branch office locations in Bay City and/or Flint.


Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample, dates when available, and telephone number(s) where student can be reached in the day and evenings.


First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students.  Law school graduates are not eligible for Student Volunteer positions.  Must be a U.S. citizen and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office.


Winter/Spring Program (January - May):
Summer Program (May - August):
Fall Program (September - December):

October 1st
February 28th
June 1st

Minimum Weeks

10 weeks

Academic Credit:

Academic credit for work experience possible.


Typical assignments for law student interns involve all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues; drafting/writing motions, responses, and various pleadings; providing trial support; interviewing witnesses; and assembling exhibits for trial.  Interns are generally afforded extensive opportunities to attend trials, hearings, attorney conferences, meetings, and other legal proceedings.

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Department Policies:

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys’ Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of non-service-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


Revised: 1/6/2015


Updated September 4, 2015