The Undergraduate Internship Program is
designed to give undergraduate students exposure to the prosecutor's role in
the Philadelphia criminal justice system and for the Office to scout perspective
employees. At the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, interns are an
integral part of our workforce. Students gain exposure to criminal case
prosecution and are given responsibility, meaningful work, and a chance to
leave their mark.
More than 45% of all paralegal hires over the last three years have been former
interns. The internship program also affords students the opportunity to get
"real world" experience in their area of study, possibly for college
credit. The program is intended to provide knowledge, skills, and experiences
that an intern can apply to future challenges and professional pursuits, while
giving back to the Philadelphia community.
Most students are assigned to one unit for the duration of the internship as
determined by the current needs of the Office. Occasionally these needs may
require a student to split time between units. Each student will have unique
experiences and duties based upon unit assignment. Some students will closely
assist paralegals and/or Assistant District Attorneys, while others will work
more independently fulfilling unit tasks. Regardless of unit placement, all
students will be given the opportunity to observe the various aspects of
criminal case prosecution. To further enhance the experience, District Attorney's
Office personnel will lead breakout sessions highlighting units and office
initiatives during each semester.
Students are required to give the office a minimum of 15 hours per week during
the spring and fall semesters and a minimum of 24 hours per week in the summer.
If a student is performing the internship for academic credit, it is the
student's responsibility to communicate the institutional requirements to the
Office. All undergraduate internship positions are unpaid.
To apply for the Undergraduate Internship Program, students must submit a cover
letter and resume by the deadlines listed below; extensions will not be
granted. All applicants will not be interviewed for the program.
HOW TO APPLY
Email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring semester - November 15
Summer semester - February 15
Fall semester - August 1
UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP FAQ's
What are the requirements?
Above all interns must have a strong sense of integrity and hard work. We are looking
to create an intern staff that is self-motivated and has some experience
working with people. Also, the ideal person is ambitious, mature, personable,
While academic excellence is sought in applicants, we look for a well-rounded
critical thinking student who demonstrates leadership and an interest in
community. Strong oral and written communication skills are also a plus.
Is there a criminal record background check?
Do I have to be a college student?
The program is designed for undergraduates and graduate students, however all
applicants with the requisite qualifications are encouraged to apply. On
occasion we accept a limited number of high school students.
Do I need to be a resident of Philadelphia,
There is no Philadelphia residency requirement for interns.
Do you accept international students?
We cannot offer a visa to work in the internship program. You must be eligible
to work in the United States in order to be considered.
Can I intern even if I am not a criminal justice
Accepted students come from a broad variety of schools, backgrounds, and
academic majors. A specific major is not required to become an intern. We're
interested in individuals who have demonstrated a desire to work hard in public
Is an interview required for an internship?
Yes. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted. Only those
selected for an interview will be contacted. You will have an opportunity to
visit the location and interview with the internship coordinator. In some
instances when the travel distance is significant, a telephone interview will
be conducted instead of an on-site interview. This determination will be made
at the Office's discretion.
How competitive is the application process?
Because we receive applications from many qualified applicants, the application
process is extremely competitive. However, our office always has a lot of work
to do, which means we have many intern positions to fill.
How many internships are available?
There is no set number of internships offered for a given term. Unit needs can
vary greatly from semester to semester.
How many hours per week are required?
Spring and fall semester interns are required to perform a minimum of 15 each
week. In the summer students are expected to work at least 24 per week.
Are interns required to attend an
There is a mandatory orientation for all interns each fall, spring, and summer.
If you become an intern, you will be notified of the dates.
What will I do as an intern?
The assignments given to interns vary from unit to unit. Students can expect to
work closely with Assistant District Attorneys, paralegals, other staff members
and interns doing substantive assignments, with plenty of mentoring.
Assignments can include research and writing, assistance with trial
preparation, victims/witnesses and administrative tasks. All assignments will
provide hands-on experience that develops insight into how a big city
prosecutor's office operates. All interns will be afforded the opportunity to
observe in court.
How long do the internships run?
Generally internships last 12-16 weeks. At the District Attorney's Office
discretion, some interns may have the opportunity to extend their internship
beyond the established end date.
Are interns paid?
All undergraduate internships are unpaid.
Can I receive academic credit for completing
Awarding academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of your college
or university. We will assist you in providing appropriate information as
requested by your school to confirm the content of your internship.
Do your offer housing for interns?
No. Interns are responsible for their own housing.
Do you have on-site parking?
On-site parking is not available.
How should I dress?
The office has a business professional dress code, which will be distributed to
interns. Women wear dresses, blouses with skirts or dress slacks, while men
wear dress pants, shirts and ties.
I have a question that is not listed on this
page. Who should I contact?
Email all questions to email@example.com.
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender, religion, age or disability.