Summer Internship Program

The Federal Defender Program offers non-funded positions for a ten-week period during the summer to law students. In the past, representatives of the Federal Defender Program have conducted interviews at the Public Interest Legal Career Fair at New York University and the Public Sector Career Fair at Georgia State University.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not yet know whether those fairs will take place and whether we will participate in them.  Students can apply directly for the summer program via email to until February 5, 2021. To be considered, applications must include a resume, writing sample and a cover letter. Interviews of selected applicants will take place via Zoom or Skype.

There are two divisions within the Federal Defender Program, the Trial Unit and the Capital Habeas Unit. The Trial Unit does traditional criminal defense of indigent people charged with federal crimes. Students participating in this program will be assigned to one or two attorneys and likely will afford considerable courtroom observation as well as legal research and writing. Trial Unit interns will be expected to attend a weekly “Group Meeting” on Tuesdays, where attorneys brainstorm and discuss their cases. The Capital Habeas Unit represents indigent defendants sentenced to death in the state courts of Georgia. Students participating in this program will focus on investigation and legal research. Both the Trial Unit interns and the Capital Habeas Unit interns will have the opportunity to attend an in-house brown bag lecture series, featuring presentations by various attorneys in the office on topics relevant to federal and capital legal practice. Students should specify the unit, either Trial or Capital Habeas, that they are applying to. Students cannot split time between the two units.

The summer program will run from Monday, June 7, 2021 through Friday, August 13, 2021.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not yet know whether the summer program will be in-person, remote, or a combination of both.