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Intern Program

An internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) offers a unique and challenging experience for the highly motivated student. It is an opportunity to work on some of the most significant, complex and visible cases being litigated today. You will work with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and other staff as part of a dedicated team helping to enforce Federal criminal and civil laws that protect life, liberty and property of citizens.

If you are an undergraduate student, please contact the career services/internship office at your school about an internship with the USAO.

If you are a current law Student, find eligibility, requirements, and application information below:


Projected No. of Volunteers


Internship Location(s)

Interns are typically expected to work in Boston, MA; however, some positions may be available at branch office locations in Worcester and/or Springfield, MA.


  • First-year (second semester) law students
  • Second and third-year law students
  • Law graduates are not eligible for Student Volunteer positions.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicants will be subject to a thorough background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the USAO's work.

Minimum Weeks Required

  • 10 weeks
    • 40 hours per week for Summer Internships
    • 16 hours per week for Fall and Spring Internships

Application Materials Checklist:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript
  • Legal Writing Sample
  • Dates When Available
  • Day and Evening Telephone Number(s)

Please indicate if you have a preference for the Civil Division or the Criminal Division.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for the fall semester must be received by March 31.
  • Applications for the spring semester must be received by September 15.
  • Applications for the summer session must be received by December 11.

To Apply

Students enrolled at Massachusetts Law Schools must apply through the Massachusetts Law Consortium (

Out-of-state students applying for a Criminal Division internship must email application materials to:

Out-of-state students applying for a Civil Division internship must email application materials to:

Academic credit

Academic credit for work experience possible.


Law school interns research legal issues; draft/write motions, responses, and various pleadings; provide trial support; interview witnesses; and assemble exhibits for trial. Interns are generally able to attend trials, hearings, attorney conferences, meetings, and other legal proceedings.

Updated October 30, 2020

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