You must commit to a minimum of 12 weeks unless given prior approval from the Internship Office. The first week of the program is mandatory training. Applications are received and decisions are made on a rolling basis at the time they are received. It is highly recommended that serious candidates for any session submit their applications as soon as possible. Please see the Information Bulletin that is posted at for more details before submitting your application.

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Internship Dates

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Academic Background

Undergraduate College or University:*
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Graduate/Law School:
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Will the internship be for academic credit at your school?
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Investigative Assets

Do you have access to a car for the entire internship?*
Preference will be given to applicants who have access to a car for the program. Reimbursement of work-related travel expenses is available.
Are you fluent in a second language?*
Preference will be given to applicants who are fluent in a needed language.
How did you hear about this program?

Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense?*
Are you applying to or do you have an offer from a District of Columbia law enforcement agency or a law enforcement agency located in the district? *
(Please provide information whether the application or offer is for an internship or other temporary work or is for permanent employment. Examples of law enforcement agencies in the District of Columbia are the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the DC Office of the Attorney General, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the Capitol Police, the U.S. Park Police, the Secret Service, and the FBI. This information is necessary to perform conflict checks consistent with our obligations under the DC Rules of Professional Conduct. Answering yes to this question will not disqualify you from the PDS internship program. Depending on the results of the conflicts check, it may affect your work assignment within our program.)


I have read the Criminal Law Internship Program information in its entirety. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on this and attached sheets, including any other application materials that I have submitted for the position for which I am applying, is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question on any part of this declaration or its attachments, or any other papers submitted relevant to the position for which I am applying may be grounds for disqualification for employment, or for removal after I begin work. I understand that any information I give may be investigated for purposes of determining eligibility for employment. I consent to the release of information about my ability and fitness for Public Defender Service employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other individuals and organizations to investigators, personnel specialists, and other authorized employees of the Public Defender Service.

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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