The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois employs approximately 70 employees. Positions include Assistant United States Attorneys, paralegal specialists, legal assistants, victim-witness specialists, administrative employees and student employees. Employment for all positions is contingent on proof of U.S. citizenship and the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. The investigation process includes a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use, a fingerprint check and a thorough review of the applicant's background.
The Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois, is an equal opportunity employer. Well-qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or any other non-merit factors.
Applications are accepted for attorney positions advertised through the the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies website.
Applications for support positions are accepted as vacancies open. All vacancy announcements are advertised through the the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (USAJobs) website. Requirements and experience vary depending on the advertised position, and those requirements will be specified in the vacancy announcement.
This program offers temporary employment opportunities to students who are enrolled at least part-time in an accredited college or university, graduate or professional or technical school. Announcements for these vacancies are posted with local universities and/or technical schools.
Each summer, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois offers a limited number of volunteer (uncompensated) internships for first and second-year law students. Summer interns are given opportunities to assist with challenging research and writing projects, and may also be included in meetings, hearings, depositions, and in-court litigation appearances.
The USAO currently has partnerships with the following three law schools: Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Interested students at these schools should coordinate with their career services offices for more information regarding on-campus interview opportunities.
If you attend a law school other than the three listed above and wish to apply for a volunteer summer internship, please send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial law school transcript to:
AUSA David Pfeffer and AUSA Adam Hanna
United States Attorney’s Office
Nine Executive Drive
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
In order to receive consideration, applications must be postmarked no later than February 12. Any students selected for interviews will be notified by email in order to schedule a convenient time.
Please note that pursuant to Department of Justice policy, applicants must be U.S. citizens. All students selected for the internship are subject to a background investigation.