Intern Investigator

The Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP) is a fast paced, hands-on investigative internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Intern Investigators spend at least 12 weeks at one of the most prestigious public defender offices in the nation. Our interns dont just sit in the office all day copying files. Partnered together, they work directly with staff attorneys to complete various investigative tasks and zealously advocate for their clients. 

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Summer 2016 Legal Internship

The ACLU’s Racial Justice Program (RJP) aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights as well as other rights, to segments of the population that historically have been denied those rights on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. Interns will work with an experienced team of racial justice attorneys in the ACLU’s New York City National Office on a broad range of issues, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and education.

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Princeton Guggenheim Internships in Civil Service

Generously funded by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, Oscar S. Straus II Fellows in Criminal Justice are a group of Princeton University, Columbia University, and Barnard College students who intern each summer at New York City criminal justice non-profit organizations. Here they engage in direct client services, legal services, social services, and policy research. This program was launched in 1996 and supports 16 to 20 internships, each provided with a $450 per week stipend. The Guggenheim program intends for students to develop a real-world understanding of legal issues in criminal justice, to learn about policy innovations, and to consider future careers or further education in fields related to criminal justice.

Seniors are eligible to apply for the Guggenheim internships. Please note: if you will be abroad in the spring, you must meet with us prior to leaving campus if you plan to apply. We will not accept applications from students who do not meet with us.

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Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS)

Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) offers Princeton undergraduates 8-10 week paid nonprofit summer internships across the Unites States and internationally that combine engaging learning experiences with the opportunity to explore a potential career path. PICS pairs undergraduates with Princeton alumni partners to foster close connections with the Princeton alumni network. Interns gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to affect positive change in a wide range of areas, including advocacy, legal services, community development, education and the arts.  Through more than 80 internships students can focus on an area of interest or break out of their comfort zone – all the while gaining valuable insight with lasting impact. Established by the Princeton University Class of 1969, PICS has become a multi-class organization that works in partnership with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

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DC's Pretrial Services Agency Internship Program 

The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia’s (PSA) Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while pursuing your academic interests. This program is intended to provide substantive, hands-on experience to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs.

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National District Attorney's Association

Summer 2016 Internship

The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) hires undergraduate and graduate level interns for semester long internships throughout the year. The internship program provides hands-on experience in criminal justice policy affecting elected and appointed prosecutors from across the country. 

Interns have the opportunity to work on wide ranging topics with NDAA staff including in the areas of child abuse, animal abuse, domestic violence, gangs, gun violence, legislative and policy issues, traffic law and many more. Interns will also have the opportunity to research potential topics of interest and write articles for the Prosecutor Magazine, a compilation of articles published on a quarterly basis and sent to NDAA members. Duties also include attending congressional hearings, Justice Department briefings and other meetings around the city and providing detailed notes and reports as directed. NDAA strives for the internship experience to be as substantive as possible.

To be considered for an internship at NDAA, it is necessary for an applicant to have excellent writing skills, professional demeanor, and proactive attitudes as well as an interest in criminal justice policy or broad government affairs experience. 

The unpaid internship positions are available on a full-time or part-time basis throughout the academic year and during the summer. We prefer that students work between 20-40 hours per week but are willing to accommodate students' academic schedules. Due to limited office space, there is a strong potential that interns will be asked to work remotely at times. 

Students who would like to be considered for an internship are asked to send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample (no more than five pages).

*A copy of a current transcript is encouraged.

Send materials via email or mail to:
Lynzie Adams
Executive Assistant
National District Attorneys Association
99 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 330
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel.: 703-519-1649