Internships in Washington D.C.
Internships are available at the education division of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. Contact Dana McWay for more information about the internship and visit the education division's website for more information about the center.
Rolling Deadlines: Spring semester — mid-October; summer semester — late February; fall semester — mid-June
The education division of the Federal Judicial Center produces educational programs, materials and resources for federal court of appeals, district, bankruptcy and magistrate judges and for federal judicial branch employee.
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Develop and conduct training needs assessment surveys of judicial employees and/or officers
- Analyze survey data and compile reports
- Analyze and summarize participant evaluations of center educational programs
- Participate in program planning committee meetings
- Assist in the development and delivery of in-person, video and live web conferences by researching topics, using the Internet and other resources
- Develop PowerPoint presentations
- Create handouts, assemble and ship materials
- Update existing education programs and learning tools, including web-based training programs, through research and other tasks
- Review newspapers, journals and related publications for relevant essays or reports about effective education and training activities
- Review and summarize commercial video, audio and print-based educational media for use as training aids in the federal courts and recommend to senior staff the purchase of such materials to include in the center's media library
- Interact with judicial employees and/or officers nationwide, via telephone, email, Internet and in-person
- Conduct informal interviews for stories for court-to-court programs
- Use the Internet and other resources to conduct short- and long-term research projects on topics ranging from legal issues to leadership in the public sector to developments in the federal sentencing policy and the supervision of offenders
- Carry out a range of technical and office support activities
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be paid?
Positions are usually paid an hourly rate dependent upon the center's budgetary circumstances.
What materials do I need in order to apply?
For applicants to be considered, all of the following materials must be included in their application packets: cover letter, resume, transcript, brief writing sample (maximum five pages), and at least one letter of recommendation.
Are there different departments within the educational division? Can I request to work in a particular department?
The educational division contains six teams: judges and attorneys, clerk's office, probation and retrial services, management, and automation and web. You can specify in your cover letter your team of preference, but we cannot guarantee you will be placed there.
How many hours will I be required to work?
We give priority to applicants who can work at least 32 hours a week. Interns are limited a maximum of 39 hours a week. Interns must coordinate their work schedules with their supervisors.
What are the start and end dates for each intern session?
Spring semester: January to April/May; summer semester: May/June to August; and fall semester: August/ September to December.
How many interns work in the education division each semester?
The number changes every semester. In general, there are between six to ten interns each semester.
Is housing provided?