The USAO for the Southern District of Georgia prosecutes federal crimes committed in the Southern District of Georgia, which includes 43 counties along the coast and into rural areas of southeast Georgia. Those crimes include, but are not limited to, mail, wire, tax and securities fraud; environmental crimes; firearm crimes; bank robbery; drug crimes; and internet predators. In addition, the office represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in district and bankruptcy court in the Southern District of Georgia. The Civil Division attorneys act as defense counsel for government agencies and employees. Types of civil cases handled include, but are not limited to: discrimination (race, sex, age, disability, religion); bankruptcy; immigration; and Federal Tort Claims Act. Civil Division attorneys also act as plaintiff's counsel in areas, including Medicaid and Medicare fraud; the False Claims Act; and any other cases in which the United States has been injured financially or where injunctive relief is needed. The office also has an active appellate practice representing the United States in written briefs and oral arguments before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. There are 26 AUSAs who serve within the Criminal, Civil and Appellate Divisions within the office. The office is headquartered in Savannah and has a fully staffed Augusta branch office.
Interns assigned to the USAO conduct research and assist in the preparation of hearings and trials. To ensure that all interns finish the summer with a good writing sample, every intern will work under the guidance of an AUSA to prepare documents to be filed with the Court. Interns will also be given assignments in as many different divisions and units as possible, providing exposure to a wide variety of practice areas and a number of AUSAs. Interns may participate in witness conferences and will observe hearings and trials of cases on which they are working, or in which they are interested. Interns are also encouraged to attend office training on current legal issues.
First year (second semester) and second-year law students are encouraged to apply. Superior research and writing skills, an eye for detail, a desire to work as part of a small team of professionals, and a commitment to fairness and integrity in the administration of justice are essential. Applicants must be
U. S. citizens and must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for and 8 week period between June 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019. Requests for split summers will be considered. Applicants are subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the USAO.
Applicants should email a cover letter addressed to "Legal Internship Coordinator", and include a resume, current law school official transcript, legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length, and desired location (Savannah or Augusta). The documents should be sent in .pdf format to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after the application deadline. To be considered for a summer internship, applications must be received no later than midnight, December 31, 2018. Under NALP guidelines, we can only accept 1L applications starting December 1. Applicants who are veterans should provide a copy of the DD 214 in their packet.