Our mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States, provide Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, and to administer and enforce the Nation's laws to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. We strive to build a stronger office through recruitment efforts and maintain the high standards of the office by promoting professional development. We seek to build a legacy of excellence. In all matters, it is our mission to represent the people of the United States in a manner that will instill confidence in the fairness and integrity of our office and the judicial system, and to conduct our work with the highest integrity.
The United States Attorney's Office is the chief law enforcement office in the District and is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Northern District of Indiana. This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The District has three offices located in Hammond, Fort Wayne, and South Bend. Please visit: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndin.
Perform research projects and assist in trial preparation. lt is likely that interns will work on an appellate briefs. Interns will be assigned projects from both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Interns will work with several different Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) over the course of the internship. Through research projects and interaction with the AUSAs, interns will be introduced to the federal system and receive an introduction to federal procedures in both the civil and criminal settings. Interns are encouraged to attend court with the AUSAs during the internship and watch court proceedings. In limited instances, interns may be allowed to represent the government in hearings before the various federal courts. Each Branch Office of the USAO for the Northern District of lndiana is located in a federal courthouse. This enables the interns to meet Judges, their clerks and network among federal officials. Our goal is to introduce our interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and, above all, to enjoy their internship.
Students must have completed at least one full semester with an accredited law school at the beginning of the current academic term. Preference will be given to second and third-year law students.
In order to be considered for this position, you must be:
- A United States Citizen/Naturalized U.S. Citizen;
- Enrolled at least as a half-time student and in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or better) with an accredited law school;
- Able to work at least 10 hours per week for duration of internship (at least 135 hours spread over the entire semester);
- Able to pass a background investigation that will cover employment history, criminal history, credit history, foriegn travel, residency, citizenship, and drug/alcohol use; and
- Able to pass a drug test.
- Residency Requirement: For a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the past five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: 1) resided in the United States; 2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a federal or military capacity, or 3) been a dependent of a federal or military employee serving oversees. The Residency Requirement ensures an adequate background investigation can be completed.
- Outside Employment Restriction: Interns are not permitted to work in a legal capacity - private or public- throughout the duration of the internship.
You must apply online at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/559298000.
Applications must include the following supporting documentation:
- Resume - Please include employment history, dates of employment (MM/DDDD), education history, volunteer activities, and awards/achievements (scholastic/professional).
- Cover Letter - Should include a personal statement reflecting your background and your interest in participating in this program.
- Legal Writing Sample - Should be no longer than 25 pages.
- Unofficial Law School Transcripts - In addition, first-year students should include undergraduate transcripts.