The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida (“USAO-SDFL”) is responsible for representing the federal government in litigation involving the United States in the Southern District of Florida, one of the largest Districts in the country. This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the United States, actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers, and civil rights litigation. The main office of the USAO-SDFL is in Miami, and there are branch offices in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.
The USAO-SDFL places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from qualified individuals representing all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.
About Our Internship Program:
Law Clerk Interns (“Interns”) are assigned to one of the Offices and Divisions within the Office for the duration of the internship.
- The Criminal Division prosecutes violations of federal criminal law, including narcotics, fraud, environmental, bank robbery, firearms, child exploitation, and human trafficking crimes. Interns assigned to the Criminal Division in the Miami Office will be assigned to one of the following sections: Economic & Environmental Crimes, Major Crimes, Special Prosecutions, International Narcotics and Money Laundering, and Collateral Litigation. Interns in the Criminal Divisions in the Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce offices will work on a wide range of criminal cases.
- The Civil Division investigates and litigates False Claims Act cases involving Health Care Fraud and other fraud on the United States and defends government agencies and employees who have been named as defendants in civil actions involving discrimination, bankruptcy, immigration, and the Federal Tort Claims Act. Interns in the Civil Division will be assigned to either the Miami or Ft. Lauderdale offices.
- The Appellate Division works on matters representing the United States in both criminal and civil appeals. Interns in the Appellate Division will be assigned to the Miami office.
- The Asset Forfeiture Division works in both the criminal and civil areas to seize property which has been identified as subject to forfeiture to the United States. Interns in the Asset Forfeiture Division will be assigned to the Miami office.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
The goal of the USAO-SDFL is to introduce Interns to the federal legal system, to develop and refine their legal research and writing skills, and above all to make their time at the Office enjoyable and worthwhile. During the Fall Academic Term, Interns research and draft memoranda and pretrial, trial, and appellate briefs and motions. Interns work directly with AUSAs on both short and long-term projects.
Interns are strongly encouraged to attend and observe witness interviews, depositions, court proceedings, including trials and appellate arguments and to attend office training programs. While Interns work with a variety of AUSAs, each Intern has one supervising attorney who provides assistance and support consistently throughout the Fall Term.
Internship Locations: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce. All interns will work in office and not remotely.
Hours/Weeks Required: 160 hours (minimum) 6 – 10 weeks. Under certain circumstances and if feasible, we are amenable to permitting interns to work more than 240 hours if necessary to meet their law school externship requirements. The application cover letter should make clear if the student desires to work more than 240 hours in an academic term.
First-year (second semester), second and third-year law students with strong academic record. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school at least half-time. Law school graduates and graduating students are not eligible.
Due to the nature of the USAO’s work, before beginning employment, Applicants who are offered an internship, must pass a required security background investigation that can take up to three months to complete.
Applicants must submit their Applicant packet via e-mail to USAFLS.InternProgram@usdoj.gov. The subject line of the e-mail should specify the Applicant’s First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name - “Fall 2023 USAO-SD Fla Internship Application.”
The Application package shall include the following in ONE PDF document (in the order listed below) labeled: Applicant’s First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name - Fall 2023 USAO-SD Fla Internship Application:
Application Deadline: Fall Semester Internship Applications must be submitted by May l preceding the Fall Academic Term. Please note that incomplete applications and applications received after the Application Deadline will not be considered.
Start Date: Fall Semester program typically begins after Labor Day and ends by mid-December.