High School, Undergraduate, Graduate, and Paralegal Opportunities

DA Gascón with Summer 2016 Interns

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities available include and are not limited to the following Units and departments of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office:

  • General Felonies, Misdemeanors, Mental Health Unit, Community Justice Center, and Intake Unit

  • Domestic Violence, Gangs, Child & Sex Assault Unit, and Homicide

  • Master Calendar (D22) – MTR offenses, Pretrial, and Jury Trial Settings

  • Special Operations Unit: White Collar Crime, Fraud, and Civil Litigation

  • Youth Guidance Center

  • Subpoena Unit

Within these various units students will be able to develop their time management skills and balance tight deadlines all while learning how to assist with the preparation and packaging of discovery, daily court calendars for the Assistant District Attorneys, and general work up of the prosecution’s case from the arraignment process all the way through a jury trial.  

Upcoming Sessions & Application Deadlines:

Fall 2016 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, Undergrads and High School students
August 29, 2016 – December 16, 2016 (16 weeks)
Application Deadline:  September 9, 2016
 
Spring 2017 Session
3Ls, 2Ls, 1Ls, Undergrads and High School students
January 9, 2017 – May 19, 2017 (19 weeks)
Application Deadline:  January 6, 2017
 
Summer 2017 Session
2Ls only
May 22, 2017 – August 18, 2017 (13 weeks)
Application Deadline:  November 18, 2016
 
1Ls, Undergrads and High School students
May 30, 2017 through August 18, 2017 (12 weeks)
Application Deadline:  February 17, 2017

 

Students are also encouraged to apply for the Victim Services Internship and the Communication and Policy Internship.

 

Overview of Paralegal Internship Program

 

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 paralegal internship program will be offered year round.  To participate in the paralegal internship 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 San Francisco District Attorney’s Office paralegal 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 paralegal internship program 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

 

If a student is interested in the paralegal internship program, the student needs to submit the following documents:

 

  1. Cover letter stating the student’s reason for applying for a paralegal internship program 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 Form which is a separate attachment located at the bottom of this webpage (the background form can be typed in, saved as, printed and signed before adding to the PDF file.

  6. A copy of photo identification

  7. References

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

 

SFDAInternship@sfgov.org  - When submitting application via email please indicate in the subject line “Paralegal Internship”.  

 

The District Attorney’s Office Address is as follows:

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Attention: Internship Coordinator Tyrene Labutan

850 Bryant Street Suite 322

San Francisco, CA 94103

 

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.  

    

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.

 

Internship Application Process

 

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office receives applications for our 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. Below are 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:

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. 

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