Summer Internship for Law Students

The FDNY Manhattan and Brooklyn offices each hire about 5 to 8 law students as interns during the summer months for each office. We will consider students who have completed either their first or second year of law school. A summer intern’s primary responsibility is to assist attorneys in the trial division and the appellate unit with their case load. Such assistance can include researching legal questions, drafting briefs, conducting field investigations & client interviews, and participating in court hearings and trials. FDNY offers law students a unique and up-close opportunity to learn about the federal criminal process in a friendly and collegial environment.

Our interns have come from a variety of local and national law schools. Many past interns have obtained clerkships with judges in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit, as well as other courts throughout the country, following graduation from law school.

Law students interested in a summer position should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript (if available), and writing sample starting on September 8, 2020. Please combine all of these materials into a single PDF titled as lastname.firstname.FDNYsummer2021. We do not have any externships available for either fall or spring. We hire on a rolling basis, but those applicants who submit their materials on or before January 15, 2021, will be given preference. We will respond only to those applicants selected for an interview.

For those interested in the Manhattan office, applications and inquiries should be directed to Ian Marcus Amelkin, Assistant Federal Defender, 52 Duane Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10007 (tel.: 212-417-8733; fax: 212-571-0392; e-mail: ).

For those interested in the Brooklyn office, applications and inquiries should be directed to James Darrow, Assistant Federal Defender, 1 Pierrepont Plaza, 16th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (tel.: 718-407-7419; fax: 718-855-0760,

FDNY is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from all students interested in the defense of accused persons.