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Undergraduate Internships

A limited number of undergraduate internships are available in our Civil and Criminal Divisions during the spring, summer, and fall semesters to perform certain types of case-related work for paralegals and Assistant United States Attorneys.  Internships are occasionally available in the Administrative Division as well, depending on the needs of the Office. We generally offer no more than twelve summer internships and two internships during the spring and fall semesters. Students participating in our intern program may perform work such as:

  • Transcribing calls
  • Preparing trial materials
  • Assisting trial team in preparation for trial
  • Observing court proceedings
  • Visiting State Courts and Jail Facilities
  • Writing subpoenas
  • Redacting documents
  • Assisting with preparing Rule 16 discovery and inspection materials
  • Sitting in on proffer sessions (witness interviews)

Students will also participate in “brown-bag lunches” and may on occasion have an opportunity to sit and listen to legal discussions on various aspects of the Office’s work.

Summer Interns are required to work, at a minimum, 40 hours per week for a total of 8 weeks beginning June through August.  Resumes (see below) must be submitted via e-mail, during the period January 15 through January 31.

Students wishing to participate in the spring undergraduate internship program will work from January through April, a minimum of 14 to 16 hours per week.  Resumes (see below) must be submitted via e-mail during the period September 1 through September 30.

Students wishing to participate in the fall undergraduate internship program will work from September through December, a minimum of 14 to 16 hours per week.  Resumes (see below) must be submitted via e-mail during the period May 1 through May 31.

NOTE: In addition to the established timeframes set above, we may post announcements at local schools for internships as the need arises.

Application Process

Resume. Please attach a cover letter to your resume. Ensure that your GPA and graduation date are clearly indicated. E-mail your resume and cover letter within the time frame indicated above to attn: Darci Brady.
Candidates for all programs will be selected by Human Resources at the United States Attorney’s Office. Applicants must be in good academic standing and exhibit a strong desire to perform public service work with a legal organization. Candidates who are selected will be required to pass a background check. Please note that, among other items, any illegal drug use during the prior twelve months will make it unlikely that you can be taken on board as an intern.

Program Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • A security package must be completed and favorably adjudicated
  • Internships are unpaid
  • Internships may not lead to guaranteed permanent positions
  • U.S. Residency Requirement  - Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years.  The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive.  Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

Updated December 14, 2022

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