Paralegal Intern - SDNY

FEDERAL DEFENDERS OF NEW YORK- Undergraduate/Recent Graduate Intern

The Federal Defenders of New York vigorously defends persons charged with federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney. We are an independent, non-profit organization with lawyers practicing in the federal courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (SDNY / EDNY), with offices located in Manhattan and White Plains (SDNY), and Brooklyn and Central Islip (EDNY). Our mission is straightforward: although we provide our services free of cost, our clients should receive the finest legal representation available at any price.

We subscribe to a client-centered approach to legal representation. We listen to our clients, pay close attention to their individual needs, and work closely in teams of paralegals, investigators, social workers, and attorneys to address all aspects of a client’s circumstances. We fight for our clients to obtain the best result possible.

Our staff work together to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.We conduct thorough investigations, diligently counsel and advise clients about their options, and fight vigorously through motion practice and at trial. If our clients are convicted, we advocate on their behalf at sentencing by developing and presenting a full picture of their lives, not one defined exclusively by their court-involvement. We also represent our clients on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals and, if possible to the United States Supreme Court.

We are currently seeking a part-time undergraduate/recent graduate intern for our Manhattan and White Plains offices.


This is a part-time, unpaid internship. An ideal applicant can commit to 8-16 hours per week. These hours are flexible and there is an option to work part of these hours remotely. This is an ideal position for an undergraduate student in the New York area, or a recent graduate with a part-time job.


Interns at the Federal Defenders of New York perform a wide range of duties and work directly with paralegals, attorneys, social workers, and investigators to assist our clients with their federal criminal cases. Interns are responsible for sending records requests and subpoenas to a multitude of agencies, and reviewing and summarizing records to be used for mitigation purposes.Interns may be asked to conduct research on a wide range of issues, as well as assist in trial preparation and other assignments relating to client representation. Interns also have the opportunity to watch court proceedings and visit clients in jail.


Interns must have a commitment to social justice and an understanding of the various issues affecting many of our clients, including discrimination, poverty, mental health issues, homelessness, substance use, and deportation. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and independent workers. Spanish fluency is preferred.


The duration of the internship is flexible. However, we will give preference to applicants who are willing to make a yearlong commitment. We are seeking someone who is able to start immediately.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Rheem Brooks, Please indicate which office you are applying to in your subject: “Manhattan Paralegal Intern” or “White Plains Paralegal Intern”.