LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Clearfield County District Attorney’s office is accepting applications for its Summer, Spring, and Fall internship programs.
Our office provides interns an introduction to the Pennsylvania criminal justice system, as well as immersion into criminal prosecution via legal research and writing, observing court proceedings, and all the way up to supervised hearings, depending on student certification and availability of appropriate cases. Our program is designed to allow interns to gain an excellent understanding of what it takes to be a prosecutor from the time a defendant is charged with a crime to the time of trial and throughout the appellate process. Interns will assist prosecutors at preliminary hearings, observe motions and sentencing courts, help with criminal jury trials, and complete research projects in preparation for cases currently being prosecuted.
The Spring and Fall Semester Internships will require a commitment of 12-40 hours per week depending on individual’s schedule. Summer internships are intended to be a full-time immersion with the program being approximately 40-hours over 5-days per week.
The position will entail in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda and briefs that will be submitted to the Courts of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania Superior Court, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Upon completion of either Summer, or Semester programs, interns are expected to complete the program with a writing sample.
Interns are not paid, but may, in coordination with their law school, receive course credit.
To apply please include a cover letter and resume. A writing sample and references will be required upon request from the District Attorney.
COLLEGE STUDENT INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office accepts applications for college internships year-round. Interns are not paid, but may, in coordination with their college, receive course credit.
The college internship program is designed to allow students to work closely with prosecutors, staff, and victim/witness coordinators to learn about the inner workings of the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania. At the same time intern’s will be able to observe and attend a multitude of court proceedings from preliminary hearings to criminal trials to appellate arguments.
Apply online for an Internship Opportunity