The United States Attorney's Office offers a limited number of student volunteer positions throughout the year. Specific duties vary widely depending on the organizational unit in which the volunteer is placed, but may involve such assignments as researching legal issues, assisting in preparation for trial, carrying out special projects, and the like. Student Volunteers may also have opportunities to observe trials, depositions, meetings with clients, and participate in other similar litigation-related activities to obtain a comprehensive perspective of the office.
We accept applications from college (undergraduate and graduate students) and second and third year law students. During the school year, students are scheduled for a minimum of twelve hours a week, or more if their schedules permit. In the summer, most students work 40 hours a week. Individuals must obtain permission from their school to participate in the program and generally receive academic credit for their work experience.
Although we can offer positions to only a very small percentage of those who are interested in serving as Student Volunteer, every applicant is of equal importance to us, and we genuinely appreciate the interest expressed in this office.
Because of the length of time it takes for pre-appointment background checks to be completed, Student Volunteer arrangements with the U.S. Attorney's Office must generally be made approximately two months in advance of anticipated start date. The background process includes a fingerprint check and a thorough review of the applicant's background to determine if there have been any significant problems with illicit drug use, alcohol abuse, unresolved financial indebtedness, failure to pay income taxes, criminal record, etc.
Applicants for this programs must be United States citizens and are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and academic transcript. Your cover letter should indicate when you would be able to begin, the projected duration of the Student Volunteer assignment, the number of hours you would be available to work each week, whether the assignment would be for academic credit, and a brief discussion of what kind of experience you are hoping to gain while in the program.
Winter/Spring Program (January - May): October 1st
Summer Program (May - August): February 28th
Fall Program (September - December): June 1st
Point of Contact:
Applications or inquires regarding student volunteer internships may be directed to:
Human Resources Specialist
U.S. Attorney's Office
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226
Telephone: (313) 226-9564