Undergraduate Student Volunteer Program


About our office

The United States Attorney’s Office offers student interns a unique and rewarding opportunity to work on some of the largest and most visible cases in litigation. Interns work with assistant U.S. attorneys, paralegals, and other staff. Internships are offered year-round in our Boston office and are generally available in our civil and criminal divisions.

Our office values ​​diversity of experience and perspective and encourages applications from all qualified individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT people and people with disabilities.

job description

Typical assignments for undergraduates involve working directly with assistant U.S. attorneys, paralegals, agents, and/or other law enforcement personnel; assist with document management through drafting, proofreading, drafting, scanning and copying; provide a range of support in the preparation of legal proceedings; assist in the collection and production of documents during the discovery; update and organize legal files, including the creation of investigative binders; compile data into Excel spreadsheets; search the Internet in public records; summarize reports and depositions; transcription of audio and video recordings; support trial teams by organizing trial evidence and exhibits; attend witness interviews, opening statements and closing arguments; and assist in opening and closing files.


To be considered for this program, applicants must be US citizens enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university. The ideal candidate is able to work well independently and as part of a team; multitasking; creative and proactive; and able to deal appropriately with sensitive and confidential matters. Candidates will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed by the office and should be judged favorably.

Summer program

The summer internship program requires a minimum of 35-40 hours per week, for a total of 10 weeks. The summer internship program runs from early June to late August; however, we are flexible on start and end dates, allowing them to meet this schedule. The summer program is a combination of in-person and remote work.


Undergraduate student volunteers are unpaid but may receive course credit in accordance with school policies.

Spring and fall program

During the spring and fall internship programs, we offer part-time and full-time internships with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, for a total of 4 months. Students wishing to participate in the Spring or Fall Internship Program will primarily work in person with a remote work opportunity. The spring program runs from mid-January to early June. The fall program runs from mid-July to early December.

Application process and deadlines

Motivation letter, curriculum vitae, dates of availability and telephone number or e-mail address where the student can be reached. Email your application with a subject line that says “Undergrad” along with the application materials listed above to: [email protected]

Applications for the fall semester must be received by March 1.
Applications for the spring semester must be received by September 1.
Applications for the summer must be received by January 15.

Department policies

COVID-19 vaccination requirements

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary national injunction, which may be supplemented, modified or rescinded, depending on the evolution of the pending litigation, the federal government will take no action to implement or enforce the vaccination requirement against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043. on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Requirement for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent that a federal job posting includes the requirement that applicants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per Executive Order 14043, this requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the immunization status of selected candidates for the purpose of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel and quarantine.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The United States Department of Justice is an equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation employer. Except as otherwise required by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex – including gender identity, sexual orientation or pregnancy status – or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation or any other factor not based on merit . The Ministry of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from people with physical or mental disabilities. The Department is strongly committed to fulfilling its positive obligations under the Rehabilitation Act 1973, to ensure that people with disabilities have every opportunity to be employed and advanced on merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please see our full EEO statement.

Reasonable accommodation

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. If you require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Decisions on reasonable accommodation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Raising awareness and recruiting qualified candidates with disabilities

The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including those with specific/severe disabilities, to apply in response to published vacancy notices. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 CFR § 213.3102(u)). Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Contact Points (DPOCs) to express their interest in being considered for a position. See the list of DPOCs.

Adequacy and Citizenship

It is Department policy to achieve a drug-free workplace and those selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test that screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also dependent on the satisfactory completion and judgment of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-US nationals, with a few rare exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/ Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). In accordance with DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the offices of the U.S. Trustee, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise specified in a particular job posting, eligible non-U.S. citizens who meet the Immigration and Credits Act criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please note that the nomination of non-US citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would only be possible if they were necessary for the accomplishment of the Department’s mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the United States and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Applicants must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are exempt from this requirement. This is a departmental security requirement that is only waived in extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.


There is no formal scoring system to apply veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the service except; however, the Department of Justice views eligibility for Veterans Preference as a positive factor in hiring attorneys. Applicants eligible for Veterans Preference should include this information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, certificate of release or discharge from active duty and other supporting documentation ) to their submissions. Although the “points” system is not used per se, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the required supporting documentation for the specific type of preference. claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the 10-point preference types and required supporting documentation). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires that supporting documentation associated with service-related disabilities or receipt of non-service-related disability pensions be dated 1991 or later, except in the case of military members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the armed forces showing that his retirement was due to a service-related permanent disability or that he was transferred to the permanent disability list (the retirement statement or orders must state that the disability is 10% or more).

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