Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP)
Overview: The Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP) at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides undergraduate and graduate students with the fundamental investigative techniques and the relevant criminal law knowledge needed to assist Staff Attorneys. The Internship kicks off with an intensive week-long training session that orients interns to PDS and the city. In the second week, Investigative Interns are partnered together, assigned to one or more Staff Attorneys, and are responsible for supporting investigative aspects of their attorneys’ cases. Investigative Interns will be assigned to Staff Attorneys in one of the following divisions: Trial, Special Litigation, Parole, and Civil Legal Services. On some occasions, interns may provide support to the Community Defender Division. Regardless of the division, Interns should expect to work zealously for their clients!
Background: No specific investigative or legal background is required and students from all majors are considered. Applicants must display strong written and oral communication skills, possess a strong work ethic, and the ability to adapt in a dynamic environment. Fluency in a second language is also highly sought by applicants. PDS is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and actively encourages applications from people of varied and diverse backgrounds.
Additional details and information to apply can be found in Careers4Terps (here).
Apply by Saturday, February 4th, 2023!