About our office
The United States Attorney’s Office offers student interns a unique and rewarding opportunity to work on some of the largest and most visible cases in litigation. Interns work with assistant U.S. attorneys, paralegals, and other staff. Internships are offered year-round in our Boston office and are generally available in our civil and criminal divisions.
Our office values diversity of experience and perspective and encourages applications from all qualified individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT people and people with disabilities.
Typical assignments for undergraduates involve working directly with assistant U.S. attorneys, paralegals, agents, and/or other law enforcement personnel; assist with document management through drafting, proofreading, drafting, scanning and copying; provide a range of support in the preparation of legal proceedings; assist in the collection and production of documents during the discovery; update and organize legal files, including the creation of investigative binders; compile data into Excel spreadsheets; search the Internet in public records; summarize reports and depositions; transcription of audio and video recordings; support trial teams by organizing trial evidence and exhibits; attend witness interviews, opening statements and closing arguments; and assist in opening and closing files.
To be considered for this program, applicants must be US citizens enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university. The ideal candidate is able to work well independently and as part of a team; multitasking; creative and proactive; and able to deal appropriately with sensitive and confidential matters. Candidates will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office and should be judged favorably.
The summer internship program requires a minimum of 35-40 hours per week, for a total of 10 weeks. The summer internship program runs from early June to late August; however, we are flexible on start and end dates, allowing them to meet this schedule. The summer program is a combination of in-person and remote work.
Undergraduate student volunteers are unpaid but may receive course credit in accordance with school policies.
Spring and fall program
During the spring and fall internship programs, we offer part-time and full-time internships with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, for a total of 4 months. Students wishing to participate in the Spring or Fall Internship Program will primarily work in person with a remote work opportunity. The spring program runs from mid-January to early June. The fall program runs from mid-July to early December.
Application process and deadlines
Motivation letter, curriculum vitae, dates of availability and telephone number or e-mail address where the student can be reached. Email your application with a subject line that says “Undergrad” along with the application materials listed above to: [email protected]
Applications for the fall semester must be received by March 1.
Applications for the spring semester must be received by September 1.
Applications for the summer must be received by January 15.