LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIPS
For many years, our Office has prided itself on conducting an active and exciting summer internship program for law students from schools throughout the nation. The program accepts both first-year and second-year law students into the Civil Division and Criminal Division. Students participate in the full range of work that Assistant United States Attorneys perform, and are encouraged to take advantage of the wonderful observation opportunities available to them. Our Office also traditionally hosts a variety summer events designed to educate our interns about government lawyering and the legal profession in general. In the past, these events have included among others, a question-and -answer session with the United States Attorney, panel discussions on the value of judicial clerkships, panel discussions with judges from the Southern District of New York, and tours of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the local federal prison facility.
There is one hiring process for both Divisions. Furthermore, while we ask interns to designate their Division preference (i.e., Civil or Criminal), all assignments are made at the ultimate discretion of the summer program coordinators. Interns are required to commit to working a minimum of ten weeks in our Office, beginning in May or June. In limited instances, law students may be permitted, upon request, to split their summer between our Office and another employer. In those instances, a seven-week minimum stay at our Office will be required.
Approximately fifty to sixty law students work with the Civil and Criminal Divisions each summer. All "Civ Div or Crim Div interns" are paired with one or two Assistants, who are responsible for their work assignments. Typical intern assignments include research and writing projects, participation in witness interviews, document analysis, assistance in preparing for depositions and court conferences, and assistance with trials. Interns are assigned to the full range of cases that Assistants in the two divisions handle. Traditionally, the Civil and Criminal Divisions also host a series of training sessions and brown bag lunches designed to introduce interns to the Offices different practice areas and improve interns research and writing skills.
In addition, during the school year, students attending law schools in the New York City metropolitan area may join the Office as part-time student assistants. Second and third year students may apply and are expected to commit approximately 12-15 hours a week to the program. Some students from further away are permitted by their law schools to join the Office on a full-time basis for a semester as interns.
Funding Your Internship. Because of fiscal constraints, the Office can not itself fund any summer internships. However, students who demonstrate financial need may apply for stipends that are generously offered by several private fellowship associations founded by former Assistants of this Office. Furthermore, other privately funded stipends or public service fellowships may be available through individual law schools. Finally, this Office is happy to cooperate with school programs that provide academic credit for the internships. We are not able, however, to provide matching funds for work-study programs.
Stipend Information (For summer law students interns only)
Unfortunately, this Office cannot offer paid internships, but we do have an active stipend program to which students can apply to offset the financial burden some students face. Those students who will be competing for the summer internship program and who can demonstrate a financial need should submit the required documentation along with their resume, if sent directly to the intern coordinator, or brought directly to the on-campus interview. Please click on the link below for detailed information.
Regrettably, due to the high volume of interest and the limited number of internships we have available, we are not able to offer unpaid internships to all those who apply.
If you are a 1st or 2nd year law student and are interested in applying for a summer 2007 internship you must provide:
2) transcripts - copies are acceptable
3) writing sample - no more than 5-pages in length please.
You must indicate on your resume your preference for either the Criminal or Civil division. Application packages must be complete and contain all of the above items when submitted and will only be accepted during the dates provided below:
Summer 2007 Internship
2nd year law students: September 17, 2006 - October 6, 2006
*1st year law students: December 1, 2006 - December 22, 2006
*We will be conducting on campus interviews for 1ls during Jan/Feb of 2007 at the following local schools only; NYU, Columbia, Brooklyn, and Fordham. If you are a 1L attending one of the aforementioned schools do not submit your resume to the electronic inbox , but do contact your school’s career center or public interest office for interview information.
All others, please email your complete application package to:
Note: Resumes and attachments must be submitted in either WP, Word, or PDF. No ZIP Files will be accepted.
If you do not have email access, you may submit your application within the same time frame to:
U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY
Attn: Human Resources, Summer Intern
86 Chambers Street, NY, NY 10007
All 2nd year students will receive a response by this Office by the end of November 2006.
All 1st year students will receive a response by the middle of March 2007.
Law Student Internship booklet
For further information concerning our Office please click the link below and read the attached booklet.
Lastly, students applying for internships should be aware of potential problems which can delay or even prevent participation in our internship program. Please review the information linked below and take the necessary steps to address situations that could hinder your participation.