DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
The Office of the District Attorney represents the People of the State of California in some civil and in all criminal proceedings. The mission of the Office of the District Attorney is to enhance public safety and welfare and to protect and respect crime victims and create security in the community through vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient and ethical manner.
Duties will vary depending upon qualifications and academic level of the applicant. Interns will work with trial attorneys, investigators, investigative assistants and paralegals. Assignments may include the following:
- Organize discovery and index information
- Assist with research projects, utilizing library resources and the Internet
- Gather and analyze data and facts as needed to support investigations
- Completion of assignments that require faxing, photocopying, typing, etc.
Applicants must currently be enrolled in an accredited college/university/law school and majoring in Law, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Ecology or related fields. Recent graduates who have completed their degree in one of the above fields are also eligible to apply.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and use good judgment. Ability to carry out projects and responsibilities to completion. Good computer skills.
Students who apply will only be considered for Spring 2022 and/or Summer 2022 placement. Placement prior to Spring 2022 cannot be accommodated at this time.
Minimum of 12 hours per week for 3 – 6 months. Hours must be scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for this internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.
BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO INTERN
Although the position is unpaid and does not lead to permanent employment or include employee benefits, it is an excellent opportunity for students or recent graduates to gain knowledge in the fields of criminal and civil law, and insight into the internal workings of law enforcement and the California justice system. This is a great opportunity to enhance skills, build resumes, apply academic knowledge and explore career options.
Internship positions with the District Attorney’s Office require a high degree of confidentiality and discretion due to the sensitivity of the cases.
Applicants must attach a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to their application. The cover letter is an opportunity for students to describe career and academic goals, to elaborate upon personal and academic accomplishments, and to identify what type of internship experience they are seeking. Learn more about what to include in a cover letter on our website here.
Applications that do not include a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts will not be considered.
Students who meet the above requirements will be placed on a waiting list and may be interviewed by the Department at a future date.
Students may earn academic credit for this internship.