Through its Volunteer Legal Intern recruiting, DOJ selects approximately 1800 volunteer interns each year. Of these, about 1000 are offered during the summer for positions in various offices throughout the country. These positions are without compensation but are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer. Challenging work. Lots of responsibility. Interesting people. These are some of the phrases that students use to describe their experience as legal interns at the DOJ.
DEADLINES: These positions usually have early application deadlines (at least three months in advance), e.g., students interested in a position for the upcoming summer may need to apply in January / February.
A significant number of volunteer internships are with the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices located across the country, and the Department offices located in Washington D.C.. There are also opportunities with the Immigration Courts, the U.S. Trustees’ Offices, and other Department field offices nationwide.
For eligibility, requirements, a listing of upcoming summer opportunities, and information on how to apply, please go to our Volunteer Legal Intern recruitment webpage: