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The United State Attorney's Office employs Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), a variety of support staff, and law and college students. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, handicap condition, age, or political affiliation. Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The investigation process includes a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use, a fingerprint check, and a thorough review of the applicant's background to determine whether there have been any significant problems with unresolved financial indebtedness, failure to file and/or pay income taxes, criminal record, illegal drug use, etc.

Attorney Positions

Attorney positions rarely become available at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Rhode Island .  From time to time, however, the office has an opening for an attorney position.  Our office regularly receives applications and retains them for consideration for future openings.  Applicants for AUSA positions must possess a J.D. degree and be an active member of at least one bar (any jurisdiction). AUSA vacancies will be listed on this web site and on

Law Interns

The U.S. Attorney sponsors law student intern programs throughout the year. Positions are unpaid, but provide law students with an opportunity to work with Assistant U.S. Attorneys on a variety of pending matters. Applications for law intern positions are accepted from law students who have completed their first semester of law school, and are accepted between November and February 15th. If you are interested in applying, please forward your application to the following address:

United States Attorney's Office
Human Resources 
50 Kennedy Plaza, 8th Floor 
Providence, RI 02903
ATTN: William J. Ferland
             Senior Litigation Counsel

Law students may apply for positions by sending a resume and cover letter. Because all offers are contingent upon Department of Justice background clearance, applicants are encouraged to apply at least four months before they would like to commence work.

Support Positions

Applications for support positions are accepted only when a vacancy occurs. All vacancy announcements are listed on this website and on

Updated June 23, 2015