Internship Program

Intern Program

The office provides unpaid part- and full-time internship opportunities in our Detroit office both during the school year and the summer. Interns have the opportunity to work one-on-one with trial and appellate attorneys as well as investigators and mitigation specialists. Interns research legal issues and write memoranda for attorneys. They also may be asked to draft pleadings. Past interns have met with clients and assisted with field investigations. Interns also have the opportunity to appear in court and represent people charged with misdemeanors. Throughout the internship, interns are encouraged to accompany lawyers to court proceedings. We include interns in staff meetings and strategy sessions.

Training

We try to expose our interns to all facets of the federal criminal process and indigent criminal defense work while helping students improve their research and writing skills. This internship also provides interns with training about federal criminal defense. Attorneys give weekly lectures about various stages of federal proceedings. In addition, our office has developed a hands-on workshop, where interns will have an opportunity to work a case from start to finish. This training program includes skills training in motion drafting, cross-examination, direct examination, oral argument, and mitigation research.

Qualifications

We prefer to hire students who have completed courses in evidence and criminal procedure by the time the internship or externship begins, although we have hired interns and externs who have not yet completed these courses. Applicants should have an interest in criminal law and procedure generally and indigent defense and direct client representation specifically. Applicants need strong research and writing skills as well as the ability to adhere to deadlines.

Deadlines

In light of our office's participation in a variety of on-campus and other recruiting events, applications are considered on a rolling basis and interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, writing sample and a list of references as soon as possible for consideration.

jessica_lefort@fd.org

colleen_fitzharris@fd.org