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.
- Procurement and Facilities
The Procurement and Facilities Intern reports to the Procurement and Facilities Administrator and provides a full range of administrative support to the department. The duties performed will include but are not limited to: Logging and filing documents; Scheduling and escorting contractors; Daily inspections of the facilities in the Annex/Prettyman courthouse; Taking inventory of supplies and providing coverage during clerk’s office supply time; Assisting with obtaining vendor quotes, bids, and pricing for the budget; Assisting with GSA and Administrative Services request tickets; Assisting with basic maintenance of office equipment to include the meter machines, copier, fax, and printers; Will provide support and conduct audits as needed; Performing other clerical support duties as needed.
- Bankruptcy Court Operations
The Bankruptcy Court is seeking a senior intern. The Bankruptcy Court Operations Intern reports to the Deputy-in-Charge and provides a full range of administrative support to the department. The duties performed will include but are not limited to: Scanning and filing documents; Assisting courtroom deputy with pre and post hearing procedures; Docketing archive information in CM/ECF; Assisting the Deputy-in-Charge with special projects and other support functions as assigned; Performing intranet site research and ensuring that all Bankruptcy information is appropriately placed; Other duties as assigned.
- District Court Operations
The District Court Operations Intern reports to the Records Manager and provides a full range of administrative support to the department. The duties performed will include but are not limited to: Prepares file folders and labels to maintain documents; Provides customer service by fulfilling record retrieval requests and answering inquiries; Maintains files in an orderly fashion by reorganizing, transferring, archiving, and storing as needed; Provides direct assistance in archiving and storing records according to the regulations; Retrieves, scans, and files; Lifting of up to 40 lbs; Other clerical duties as assigned.
- Office of Information Technology
The Office of Information Technology Intern reports to the Director of the Office of Information Technology and provides a full range of administrative support to the department. Duties performed will include but are not limited to: Answering and logging calls receive by the help desk; Assisting staff with troubleshooting and resolving help desk inquiries; PC support and maintenance to include but not limited to cloning and swapping out PCs; Assisting with the support of courtroom technology needs; Assisting with court webpage designing and maintenance; Assisting with the installation of network equipment; Other duties as assigned.
The Finance Intern reports to the Financial Administrator and provides a full range of administrative support to the department. The duties performed will include but are not limited to: Researching bankruptcy documents with USBC (Unites States Bankruptcy Court); Creating reports; Working with USDC (United States District Court) finance officers researching cases; Other duties as assigned.
- 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:
- Be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
- 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.
Fall InternshipApplication Submission Deadline: August 4, 2014.
Internship Time Frame: September 15, 2014 – December 12, 2014
Spring InternshipApplication Submission Deadline: January 19, 2015.
Internship Time Frame: February 16, 2015 – May 1, 2015
Summer InternshipApplication Submission Deadline: May 18, 2015.
Internship Time Frame: June 8, 2015 – August 3, 2015