Undergraduate/Graduate Internships

The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) hires undergraduate and graduate level interns for semester long internships throughout the year. The internship program provides hands-on experience in criminal justice policy affecting elected and appointed prosecutors from across the country.  NDAA also offers legal internships for students currently enrolled in an accredited law school. NDAA also offers legal internships.

Interns have the opportunity to work on wide ranging topics with NDAA staff including in the areas of child abuse, animal abuse, domestic violence, gangs, gun violence, legislative and policy issues, and traffic law. Interns will also have the opportunity to research potential topics of interest and write articles for the Prosecutor Magazine, a compilation of articles published on a quarterly basis and sent to NDAA members. Duties also include attending congressional hearings, Justice Department briefings and other meetings around the city and providing detailed notes and reports as directed. NDAA strives for the internship experience to be as substantive as possible. To that extent, we are also happy to work with the student’s school to provide academic credit.

To be considered for an internship at NDAA, it is necessary for an applicant to have excellent writing skills, professional demeanor, and proactive attitudes as well as an interest in criminal justice policy or broad government affairs experience.

The unpaid internship positions are available on a full-time or part-time basis throughout the academic year and during the summer. We prefer that students work between 20-40 hours per week but are willing to accommodate students’ academic schedules. NDAA is located 1 block from the Crystal City Metrorail station.

How to Apply

Eligibility:  All undergraduate and masters-level students, as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply.

Instructions:  Please send completed application materials to NDAA via email at info@ndaajustice.org  Students who would like to be considered for an internship are asked to send the following items:

  • Cover letter and resume (make sure to indicate in your cover letter which term you are applying for- spring, summer, fall- and, if you know, the days and hours you are available.)
  • Writing sample (no longer than 5 pages.)
  • A list of two to three references (please provide both the phone and email contact information for each; one should be a Professor or other individual familiar with your work.)
  • A college or university transcript is strongly recommended (unofficial is acceptable.)

Key Dates

Spring Internships
Application Deadline: October 15
Notification: Mid-November
Duration: January-May

Summer Internships
Application Deadline: February 15
Notification: Mid-March
Duration: June-August

Fall Internships
Application Deadline: June 15
Notification: Mid-July
Duration: September- December

Applications received before the deadline will receive priority consideration. Applications received after the deadline are acceptable, however will only be reviewed if a position remains available.  We are generally able to make accommodations for internships of different lengths.

National District Attorneys Association
1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 330
Arlington, VA 22202

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703.549.9222

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