Student Internship Description

The Office has a limited number of placements for non-salaried legal interns. Interns have the unique opportunity to receive hands-on experience in defending federal criminal cases. Interns may conduct legal research and draft motions, memoranda, appellate briefs and/or habeas corpus petitions. Interns may also assist with trial preparations and investigation, including interviewing clients and witnesses, visiting alleged crime scenes, and helping the attorneys to plan case strategies. Interns are encouraged to observe court proceedings.

Each intern is assigned to work directly with one or more AFPDs, who will supervise the intern’s work. Interns will receive informal feedback from their attorneys, and if requested, may receive a formal evaluation of their performance at the end of the term.

All interns are expected to commit to working a specific number of hours per week. Summer interns are asked to commit to forty hours per week for the summer months; school-year interns are asked to commit to a minimum of fifteen hours per week. Law students of any year may apply for an internship, but preference will be given to second and third year students. Interns will be selected on the basis of their past work or school experiences, their desire to work in this Office, their demonstrated level of maturity and competence, as well as the level of commitment they are prepared to make to the Office’s work.

We are happy to work with students and their universities if students want to receive course credit for their work.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, please submit a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample to:


Aimee Ferrer and Arun Ravindran
Assistant Federal Public Defender
150 W. Flagler St., Suite 1700
Miami, FL 33130
Email: FLS_internships@fd.org


Email is the preferred method of receipt of applications.

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