The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) has jurisdiction and responsibility in a broad range of areas, all of which involve representing the legal interests of the Federal government in a court of law. The Eastern District of Michigan consists of 34 counties in the eastern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, and employs approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. More information regarding the USAO-MIE is available at www.usdoj.gov/usao/mie.
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.
An internship with the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated law student: an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today. Working with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and other staff, you will be part of a dedicated team helping to enforce federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and property of citizens. The United States Attorney's Office serves as the principal litigator for its judicial district and is responsible for coordinating multiple agency investigations within the district. The United States Attorney has the responsibility and authority to prosecute violations of Federal criminal statutes, defend the government in civil actions, seek the enforcement of a variety of civil enforcement statutes, and institute proceedings for the collection of fines and penalties.
Typical assignments for law student interns involve all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues; drafting/writing motions, responses, and various pleadings; providing trial support; interviewing witnesses; and assembling exhibits for trial. Interns are generally afforded extensive opportunities to attend trials, hearings, attorney conferences, meetings, and other legal proceedings.
First year (second semester), second-year, and third-year law students are encouraged to apply. Strong academic background, excellent research and writing skills, an eye for detail, and a commitment to fairness and integrity in the administration of justice are essential. Applicant must be a U. S. citizen and must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for 10 continuous weeks. Applicants are subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
To apply, submit the following documents via e-mail, in a single .pdf document to Charles.Masegian@usdoj.gov:
cover letter indicating the semester of interest;
law school transcript (official or unofficial); and
legal writing sample (not to exceed ten (10) pages).