Students are able to intern in the following departments:
- Human Resources
- The Human Resources Intern reports to the Director of Human Resources and provides a full range of administrative support to the department. The duties performed will include but are not limited to: Data entry and typing of personnel database information and personnel documents; Maintaining general files, personnel files, recruitment files, training files and other vital records; Scheduling and coordinating interview appointments; Performing internet research for projects and ensuring that all human resources information/forms are posted and appropriately placed on the court intranet/internet site; Assisting the Training Specialist with training research, preparations, and set-up; Assisting with new hire orientations, document revisions, performance award program processing, and other projects as assigned; Assisting the Director of Human Resources with special projects related to personnel and planning; Other general office and administrative support duties as assigned to include but not limited to responding to inquiries, copying, collating, and organizing; Other duties as assigned. This internship position requires regular interactions with and supports all levels of personnel to include Clerk’s Office staff, chambers staff, and the general public.
- Office of the Clerk
The Office of the Clerk Intern reports to the Clerk of Court and provides a full range of administrative support to the department. The duties performed will include but are not limited to: Updating, researching and analyzing current courthouse and Administrative Office policies; Attending and conducting orientation for new incoming judges; Assisting the Clerk of Court with special court ceremonies and projects including investitures and annual audits; Coordinating and revamping of the filing system for the Office of the Clerk; Archiving pertinent court decisions; Preparing briefings and presentations for the Clerk; Other general office and administrative support duties as assigned to include but not limited to responding to inquiries, copying, collating, and organizing; Other duties as assigned. This internship position requires regular interactions with and supports all levels of personnel to include Clerk’s Office and chambers staff.
In order to participate in the Internship Program, a candidate:
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Must be enrolled in or attending a college or university that is accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.
- Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
- Be majoring in one of the following majors: Criminal Justice, Business, Finance, Human Resources, Political Science, History, Pre-Law, Psychology, English or be pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree. Although these degrees are the norm, students majoring in other fields such as Accounting, Information Technology, and other majors have been accepted in the past.
- Adhere to the rules, regulations and policies of the court, including the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees which is available to applicants to review upon request.
- Must be willing to participate for a term of at least 6 weeks or longer, 18 hours per week (during summer only). For Fall and Spring terms, for a duration of at least 10 weeks, however the work schedule may be flexible. The internship may also be used for credit-offering courses.
- Must be able to pass a security clearance.
It is expected that interns have:
- General knowledge of general office practices and equipment.
- Basic skills in office administration to include typing, data entry, file maintenance, record keeping, and presentation preparation is needed.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Word Perfect and the internet is preferred.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, which include the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, are essential.
- Understanding the importance of the confidentiality issues inherent to the courts is critical.
- Ability to exercise mature judgment.
- Application Process
Those interested in being considered for this position are invited to submit an application packet composed of a completed AO 78- Application for Judicial Employment; a current resume detailing all relevant experience, education and skills; cover letter explaining how their experience relates to the position requirements; 2 letters of recommendation to speak of the applicant’s work ethic, professional qualities and past performance; and their transcripts (official transcripts or unofficial transcripts should reflect the students’ most recent academic semester and also indicate the cumulative GPA as of the application date). Once the applicant has submitted their application packet by the deadline, they may proceed to the next phase of the selection process and be invited to interview for the internship program.
All application packet materials are to be submitted via mail to:
Sonia Jackson, SPHR
Director, Human Resources
Human Resources Department
United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, DC
333 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Via email to: DCD_HumanResources@dcd.uscourts.gov
If your application packet does not provide all information materials requested, you may lose consideration for this program.
Unsuccessful applicants will not receive notice.
Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense.
Spring InternshipApplication Submission Deadline: January 18, 2016.
Internship Time Frame: February 15, 2016 - April 29, 2016
Summer InternshipApplication Submission Deadline: May 16, 2016.
Internship Time Frame: June 6, 2016 - August 8, 2016