- The District of Columbia Courts offer students interested in law, public administration, criminal justice, and social services a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience. The internship program places students in their desired area of interest so that they may gain hands-on experience in one of the nation's busiest courthouses. Once immersed in a division, students have the chance to learn about the work done in their field of interest.
- An intern's responsibilities will vary depending upon the office they are assigned to and their level of knowledge and experience. Most internships offer students at least forty hours of court observation. Most internships offer students opportunity to observe various court proceedings along with the specific tasks of the office to which they are assigned.
Judicial InternshipsJudicial or legal internships are for students currently enrolled in law school. Interns' responsibilities vary depending upon the judge. Most judicial interns are responsible for analysis of pending motions, legal writing and research, along with some administrative tasks.
Law students interested in a judicial internship are encouraged to apply directly to each Judge.
Passport to Work Youth Employment ServicesThe D.C. Courts participate in the D.C. Passport to Work Youth Employment Services Program, where D.C. high school students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in our organization, and the D.C. Government pays them for their service to the community. Students also participate in a series of seminars on topics ranging from effective communication skills to time management. The Courts strive to expose students to a professional work environment, while giving them the tools they need to be successful. Please contact DC Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs: (202-698-3492) or on line at www.dc.gov for details on how to qualify to participate in this program.
VolunteersThe District of Columbia welcomes volunteer groups to work on special projects. If you or your group is interested in volunteering please complete the volunteer application.