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The Department of Public Defense offers paid, full-time summer internships to law students who have completed their second year of law school. We're looking for students with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and advocacy on behalf of indigent persons. In return, students receive courtroom experience, excellent training, and mentoring by skilled public defenders. When possible, our summer interns appear in court (under close supervision) and represent clients at bond hearings, motion hearings, even at trial. We offer internships in nearly all of DPD’s practice areas, including criminal defense (misdemeanor and felonies), juvenile defense, family defense, involuntary treatment (civil commitment), and sex offender commitments. All this, while living in or near Seattle, a lively city surrounded by mountains and water. It's a great place to spend the summer.


Staff attorneys Reid Burkland and Lauren Conner recently met with potential interns in Los Angeles.

Application period for 2020 internships has closed

The application period for DPD’s 2020 summer internship program closed in October 2019. We have completed the selection process. Because we offer meaningful, individualized internship opportunities, we select only a limited number of students. Accordingly, the program is extremely competitive.

Visit this page for information about DPD’s 2021 summer internship program. Information about the application process is expected to be posted in August of 2020.  

Read about DPD's 2019 class of interns on our blog For The Defense.