The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts represents the entire state and its 6.8 million residents. Of the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the United States and its territories, the District of Massachusetts is one of the busiest, prosecuting a broad range of cases including national security, white collar crime, public corruption, cybercrime, narcotics and money laundering, organized crime and gang violence, child exploitation, and civil rights violations. In addition, the Office’s Civil Division tackles complex cases ranging from large affirmative health care fraud to bankruptcy. The Worcester Branch Office is staffed by 5 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) who investigate and prosecute the large majority of criminal cases brought by the Federal government that arise in or involve residents of Worcester County.
An internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office offers a unique and challenging experience for highly motivated students. Interns can expect to be involved in all facets of case preparation including: researching legal issues; reviewing evidence; assembling exhibits, attending trials, hearings, attorney conferences, meetings and other legal proceedings. Dependent on COVID restrictions: tours of federal agencies such as FBI, ATF, and DEA. The goal of the program is to introduce interns to the federal legal system, to develop their legal skills and knowledge, and to provide a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Qualifications and Requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen and will be subject to a background investigation (including a credit and criminal history check) due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office. The background check requires substantial input from the candidate and results are returned between 6 and 9 weeks.
Positions to be filled:
Spring 2023: (01/09/2023 – 5/12/2023) We are looking to fill 2 student intern positions. A minimum of 10 weeks is required, with a minimum of 15 hours a week. Deadline to apply is COB August 5th, 2022.
We offer flexible scheduling and can easily adapt to school requirements. Interns are expected to work in Worcester but our office does allow telework. Interns are uncompensated but may receive funding from their school and/or course credit per school policies. Some educational institutions require prior approval before the start of an internship. It is the responsibility of the student to check with their institution to be sure they meet any requirements before they accept a position.
Application Process: Interested students can email their complete application packages to Megan.McKenna2@usdoj.gov . Please include the following:
- Cover Letter
- Transcript (can be unofficial)
- Writing sample (please cap at 5 pages – excerpts from longer papers are acceptable, as well as case briefs)
The Intern Coordinator will reach out to selected applicants who have provided complete applications to set up an interview; in person is preferred but not necessary. All students will be notified regardless of outcome.