Internships


There are a variety of opportunities available for students and individuals interested in interning with the office’s non-legal divisions. Based on your interest, experience, education, and prior work history, please consider the options below. Prior to applying for an internship position, please familiarize yourself with our outside employment disclosure policy.

We look forward to having you join our office.

Communication and Policy - Communication and Policy

Communication and Policy

The Communication and Policy Department of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office is seeking Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 interns!  Selected candidates will work with our small team of communications and policy personnel in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

From ensuring San Francisco invests in mental health instead of incarceration, to protecting consumers and fighting for victims of crime, DA Gascón is considered a national leader in criminal justice reform. He is working to make San Francisco the safest large city in America, and was the driving force behind Prop 36, to reform our three strikes law, and Prop 47, to reduce drug possession for personal use from a felony to a misdemeanor.  The DA also convened the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability and Fairness in Law Enforcement.

Interested in getting involved with these issues and much, much more? SFDA interns receive a behind the scenes understanding of the criminal justice system, are exposed to best practices related to media and community relations, and will learn how crime and public policy related news stories are generated and developed in the media. They also receive ample training in the legislative process, and will need to attend court proceedings to provide updates on criminal cases being covered by the press. Communication and Policy interns may also conduct legal research, update and utilize social media, and help plan community outreach events.

PLEASE NOTE: Selected candidates are required to undergo a background check. This is an unpaid internship. 

Applying? Send an email to Max Szabo (max.szabo@sfgov.org) with the following:

  • A short (one or two paragraphs) well-written cover letter included in the body of an email with resume attached.
  • Include your weekly availability, your preferred start date, and the approximate date through which you are available in the email.
  • Please ensure your email includes “Spring and/or Summer 2017 Internship" in the subject line.
  • Please famaliarize yourself with our outside employment disclosure policy.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form 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. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Victim Services Internship - Victim Services Internship

Victim Services Internship

The Victim Services Division of the San Francisco District Attorney's Office provides comprehensive advocacy and support to victims and witnesses of crime. The Victim Services Division offers free services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Our Victim Advocates work to ensure that crime victims and their families are provided the services and information necessary to be an integral part of the criminal case process. We are looking for compassionate, responsible, and motivated interns to help us achieve our mission of ensuring that victims are treated fairly and that their voices are heard.

 Victim Service Interns will assist advocates and staff members perform the following job responsibilities:

  • Assist victims of crime to navigate the criminal justice system.
  • Conduct crisis counseling and intakes with victims of crime, including assistance in filing California Victim Compensation Applications.
  • Provide court support and escort victims to the courtroom when needed to testify. Offer emotional support throughout the day when the victim is testifying. 
  • Assist with front office responsibilities, including: answering phones, transferring calls to Advocates, filing, receiving, copying, and submitting documents (i.e. medical bills, appeal letters, receipts).
  • Assist with client intakes.
  • Accurately gather, organize and record data relevant to advocacy cases.
  • Provision of case status updates.
  • Offer information and make appropriate needs-based referrals to: hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, emergency resources, and community based organizations.
  • Work with Assistant District Attorneys, Investigators, and Police Inspectors on case development.
  • Conduct other duties required by management to guarantee the successful operation of the unit (i.e. generating reports, collecting and analyzing data).
  • Serve as liaison between the Victim Witness Unit and victims, witnesses, other law enforcement agencies, community agencies, service providers and other governmental personnel as such relate to advocacy.
  • Assist Victim Advocates updating and conducting outreach for new cases.

Qualifications:

  • We are looking for highly motivated, responsible candidates from the criminal justice, social work, psychology and legal academic studies fields. Candidates will be required to make a 9-month commitment, and work a minimum of 16 hours per week, days/times to be determined by the Intern Coordinator. Internship may meet the requirements of academic courses or departments. Bilingual skills (Spanish and Cantonese) are highly desirable. 

To Apply:

Applications are currently open.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form 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. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Undergrad and High School - Undergrad and High School

Undergrad and High School

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers unpaid internship positions for students with an interest in criminal justice who seek exposure to the unique and diverse opportunities the SFDA's Office offers.  Students may assist prosecutors in a variety of clerical tasks such as organizing and preparing case files for trials, contacting witnesses and managing subpoenas and records surrounding both pre-trial hearings and jury trials (subject to attorney approval and supervision).  Applicants should be reliable and well organized students who can successfully balance their studies with their work at the office.

Program Requirements

How to Apply

All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined .pdf file in the following order:

  1. Cover Letter – Please address to Tyrene Labutan, Internship Program Coordinator, and indicate your year in school.
  2. Resume
  3. Adult Background Investigation Form (Type into the form, save it, print it, and sign it before including it in the .pdf file)
  4. A copy of photo identification
  5. Writing Sample – No longer than 10 pages in length. No writing sample is necessary for high school students.

Email questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org

Upon acceptance you may be asked to furnish the following: 

  • Current Unofficial Transcripts (PDF)
  • Three References (PDF)
  • School Verification

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form 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. We suggest applying as early as possible.

NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.

Paralegal Internship - Paralegal Internship

Paralegal Internship

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers a voluntary paralegal internship program to students who are currently enrolled in a paralegal educational program.  The program will be offered year round.  To participate in the program, the student must be available a minimum of twelve hours per week.  We understand that some paralegal programs require a 120 hour duration for an internship and this may differ dependent on the paralegal program a student is enrolled in.

The internship program will give students an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system and obtain the knowledge of how instrumental a paralegal’s role is in assisting in prosecution.  Paralegal student interns who qualify for the internship will be assigned to work with experienced staff in the various criminal units within the office.  Students will also be able to experience firsthand the work involved in providing justice, ensuring safety, and implementing innovative and efficient solutions to protect victims, hold offenders accountable, and resolve the underlying causes of crime.  

Paralegal Internship Qualifications  

Interested students should submit the following documents:  

  1. Cover letter stating the student’s reason for applying and other relevant information regarding their interests and availability
  2. Resume
  3. Documentation to show the student is enrolled in a paralegal program and in good standing (copy of transcript or enrollment letter from the registrar is sufficient) or
  4. Documentation to show the student has graduated from a paralegal program (copy of the certificate is sufficient)
  5. Complete the Adult Background Investigation Form (the background form can be typed in, saved as, printed and signed before adding to the PDF file)
  6. A copy of photo identification and
  7. References

The documentation listed above may be mailed or submitted via email to:  

Via Mail:  

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Attention: Internship Coordinator Tyrene Labutan
850 Bryant Street Suite 322
San Francisco, CA 94103

Via Email:

SFDAInternship@sfgov.org  - Please indicate in the subject line “Paralegal Internship”.

Deadlines for all paralegal applications will be on a rolling admissions policy.  Applicant materials are processed and reviewed as they are received.  Students will be notified of their acceptance on a continual basis.  Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.  Accepted applicants will begin their internship as soon as their background has been cleared.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form 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. We suggest applying as early as possible.

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