Skip to main content

Volunteer Legal Intern Positions

The USAO for the Western District of North Carolina is responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes in western North Carolina. The office also represents the United States and its departments and agencies in civil proceedings filed in federal court. Volunteer interns assist in the prosecution of criminal cases and the prosecution and defense of civil cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Job Description:

Interns can expect to research and write motions and briefs in pending cases, including appellate briefs; to research legal issues for indictments and investigations, to assist AUSAs in preparing for criminal trials, including assembling exhibits, drafting jury instructions and compiling exhibit and witness lists, and attending hearings and trials as work schedules permit. Interns will work with an attorney who will provide specific guidance and direction.


First-year (second semester) and second-year law students with a strong academic record. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school at least half time. Law school graduates are not eligible. Interns must be able to commit to 6-8 weeks in the summer, and a minimum of 10 hours a week.

Due to the nature of the work performed at the U.S. Attorney's Office, applicants who are offered an internship must pass a required background investigation before beginning employment.  United States citizenship is required.  Applicants will only be contacted by the U.S. Attorney's Office if more information is needed or if an interview is requested. In-person interviews will take place at the United States Attorney's Office. Further, applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their own travel and accommodations.

This is a volunteer (uncompensated) assignment. Course credit may be available depending on school requirements.

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and an official or unofficial transcript by email to The cover letter should specify the semester for which the student is applying.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year- round, however, the preferred dealdine is March 15 for Summer Program.

Updated October 16, 2018