Employment & Internship
Are you interested in finding out about internships or job opportunities?
Commitment to Diversity
The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is strongly committed to diversity and supports the advancement of women and people of color. We believe the office should reflect the population it serves. People of color, disabled individuals, and members of the LGBTQI community are strongly encouraged to apply.
We are seeking energetic staff with the highest integrity, sound judgment, and sensitivity to human needs and diverse communities. Other desirable qualifications include fluency in a foreign language as well as prior criminal law experience. Once we have received your cover letter, resume, and at least two letters of recommendation, we will review your application materials and invite the best-qualified applicants to participate in personal interviews with our office. Not all applicants meeting minimum requirements will be invited for an interview.
INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We are seeking energetic staff with the highest integrity, sound judgment, and sensitivity to human needs and diverse communities. Other desirable qualifications include fluency in a foreign language as well as prior criminal law experience. Once we have received your cover letter, resume, and other required documents, we will review your application materials and invite the best-qualified applicants to participate in personal interviews with our office. Not all applicants meeting minimum requirements will be invited for an interview.
Read more about our volunteer opportunities as well as our internship opportunities for High School students, Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Paralegal Students, and Law School Students.
Internship Application Process
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office receives applications forour Internship programs from candidates who have attended law schools in California and throughout the United States. The number of potential applicants well exceeds the number of interns accepted into each program. Students applying for any one of the programs must submit a completed packet at the time of application. A detailed list of the documents an applicant needs to submit is listed below.
California Government Code §§1125 through 1127 prohibits local agency officers and employees from engaging in activities that are incompatible,inconsistent, in conflict, or inimical with their agency employment.As a volunteer intern with our office, interns are bound by these sections of the Government Code. Students selected for any of the intern programs are advised that they may not perform any work (paid or unpaid) for any criminal defense attorney during the pendency of their internship with this office. This applies even if the criminal defense work is in a different county. Students who have other outside employment/incompatible activity during the pendency of their internship must disclose this to our office for review prior to accepting the internship.
Should an intern engage in outside employment/incompatible activity after commencing the internship, the intern must immediately advise the Program Director, Deputy District Attorney Wade Chow. If the outside employment/incompatible activity is deemed to fall within the prohibitions of California Government Code §1125 through 1127, the intern will not be able to remain in our program. If an intern has any questions concerning other employment/incompatible activity, they should contact the Program Director.
All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check.
Due to the high number of applications received for all of the programs, the following applications deadlines will be strictly enforced. Beloware the application deadlines for all internship positions. Deadlines apply to all current interns and new applicants.
All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined PDF file in the following order:
- Cover letter
- Adult Background Investigation Form or High School Background Investigation Form (The background form can be typed in, do a save as, print it and sign before adding to the PDF file)
- A copy of photo Identification
- Two-page Writing Sample (Optional - Not required for high school applicants)
Upon acceptance you may be asked to furnish the following:
- Current Unofficial Transcripts (PDF)
- Three References (PDF)
- School Verification
NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.
Upcoming Internship Sessions
Fall 2016 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, Paralegals, Undergrads and High School students
August 29, 2016 – December 16, 2016 (16 weeks)
Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
Spring 2017 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, 1Ls, Paralegals, Undergrads and High School students
January 9, 2017 – May 19, 2017 (19 weeks)
Application Deadline: January 6, 2017
Summer 2017 Session
May 22, 2017 – August 18, 2017 (13 weeks)
Application Deadline: November 18, 2016
1Ls, Paralegals, Undergrads and High School students
May 30, 2017 through August 18, 2017 (12 weeks)
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017
AN ACTIVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
E-mail questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org
Internship Program Manager
Office of District Attorney George Gascón
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103