The Federal Defenders of New York is seeking interns for the Investigative Unit. We offer undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in criminal defense and social justice an opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

The intern investigator will work as part of the legal team to represent clients accused of federal crimes. There is no requirement that the intern has prior experience with investigations; training will be provided. Interns should have an interest in and a commitment to social and criminal justice issues. We are looking for students with a passion for working with the underprivileged and the marginalized.

Federal Defender investigators do a variety of things including reviewing police reports, obtaining witness statements, gathering surveillance videos, taking photographs, serving subpoenas, reviewing and retrieving documents to list a few. Interns can work on a multitude of assignments including field investigations, preparing cases going to trial and helping case teams plan strategy and attend court proceedings.

Although interns are not considered staff members of the Federal Defenders office, interns must comply with all rules and policies applied to staff. Interns must keep confidential any information obtained during the course of the internship program. This obligation continues beyond the period of the internship.

Minimum time commitment: two days a week, 12 hours a week, 10 weeks.

**Interested candidates MUST submit a brief writing sample. Please choose one of the following prompts:

  • Discuss the role of public defenders in the criminal justice system
  • How have you or your community been impacted by the criminal justice system?
  • Describe a current event that has impacted or is shaping your view of the criminal justice system

Application package must be received by March 26, 2020. Please send Resumes and Writing Samples to: