Thank you for your interest in being an intern for the Office of the Public Defender in the 6th Judicial Circuit. Before you apply please review the following requirements for the position and make sure you are able to perform these tasks fully during the particular term in which you are applying.
Our office does not offer paid internships of any kind. Before each school term we will interview and select students for either a full-time or part-time intern position. Full-time interns should expect to work 30 to 35 hours a week in the office and will be assigned to work on one of our large specialized projects throughout the school term. Part-time interns should expect to work 30 to 60 hours during the school term and be prepared to do research projects and assist in motion preparation for attorneys who request such assistance. Part time interns will be able to work remotely or in the office depending on what is required from the attorney.
As an intern in our office you will be bound by the same oath of loyalty and duty of confidentiality to our clients as our lawyers are. Consequently any information provided to us by our clients and known to you cannot be shared with anyone outside of our office. If you are currently involved in the guardian ad litem program in Pinellas county you should bring this to our attention so we can determine whether any conflict of interest exists that might impact you or the individual to whom you act as a guardian.
In order to be considered for an internship position you must be a 2L or higher and submit both a resume and writing samples for us to consider in our selection. The student intern should expect to dress professionally when they are here in the office and must be able to manage their time well in order to meet deadlines for the filing of motions and preparation of research. We expect that an intern will use his or her own Westlaw or Lexis/Nexis access unless he or she has no access to those research sources.
We will schedule interviews and make our selections for the semester approximately 30 days before the beginning of the school term in which they are applying.
We look forward to reviewing your qualifications for this very interesting and rewarding opportunity to observe and assist attorneys in their practice here at the public defender's office.