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Law Student Internship Program
The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of the Virgin Islands (USAO-VI) invites qualified law students to apply for internships.
ABOUT THE OFFICE: The USAO-VI has offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix islands. The office handles criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, appellate and post-conviction proceedings, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. Our nearly 20 attorneys spend a tremendous amount of time trying cases in federal court.
OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: The USAO-VI seeks law students of varied backgrounds, skills and interests to assist Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs). The law student internship program provides participants with supervised and direct responsibility for criminal, civil, appellate and post-conviction litigation. This includes conducting research and writing assignments, assisting AUSAs with trial and witness preparation, participating in moot courts prior to appellate oral arguments, attendance at depositions, mediations, trials and much more. Some of the outstanding memoranda law student interns have written have been sent to United States Attorney’s Offices and government agencies throughout the country. Internships are available in both our main office on St. Thomas and our Branch office on St. Croix. Find current opportunities HERE.
EXPECTATIONS: During the summer, interns are expected to work full-time for at least six consecutive weeks.
ELIGIBILITY: Rising second and third-year law students are welcome to apply for our summer program. Individuals who have already obtained a law degree (J.D. or equivalent) are not eligible. U.S. citizenship is required. Additional information about eligibility and conditions of employment is available HERE.
INTERNSHIPS ARE UNPAID: Our internship positions are unpaid, but we gladly work with law schools and students to assist in arranging for any available course credit. In addition, some students apply for and receive public service stipends from their law schools.
TIMING AND DEADLINES: The USAO-VI is currently accepting applications for Summer 2021 interns. Applications for the Summer 2021 internship program are due by January 29, 2021.
HOW TO APPLY: To apply, applicants must send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (10 pages maximum) and unofficial school transcript to USAVI.Internship.Applications@usdoj.gov. No hard copy or faxed applications will be accepted. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Address cover letters to:
Human Resources Specialist
United States Attorney’s Office
5500 Veterans Drive, Suite 260
St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands 00802-6214
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Internship offers are conditioned on the successful completion of a background investigation. Applicants who are tentatively selected for internships with our office will undergo an investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This investigation will address a variety of areas, including (among other things) credit history, drug usage, arrests and mental health treatment. Applicants who may have issues in these areas must be prepared to provide supporting documentation as part of the pre-investigation process showing that all matters have been resolved. The completion of the background investigation can sometimes take several months. The forms used in the background investigation are listed HERE.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information, please contact Anthony Fontaine, Human Resources Specialist, at (340) 715-9436 or by USAVI.Internship.Applications@usdoj.gov
COMMITMENT TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: Our office is committed to equal employment opportunity. We are likewise committed to equal employment opportunity without discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran. Additional information regarding the Department of Justice’s commitment to diversity is available HERE
Office of Personnel Management Web Site
United States Department of Justice Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management Web Site