Undergrad Internship Opportunity

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington, in both its Seattle and Tacoma offices, is seeking undergraduate volunteers to work closely with our agency personnel in providing assistance and support to the indigent clients we represent.


These are unpaid positions, but would offer the volunteer an opportunity to be part of the inner-workings of a public defender agency. Duties would include organization of records, record review and summary, and working on case-specific projects as needed. Maintaining client confidentiality and a professional code of conduct are important requirements of our work. Students must be fingerprinted prior to the start of their internship for an employment suitability background check and provide proof of citizenship. A prior record is not necessarily disqualifying. The Federal Defender reviews the results and has discretion in making the suitability determination.


We are seeking students who can offer a commitment of 15 hours per week over the summer session. It is our intent to provide volunteers with a meaningful experience where they can gain a skill set not otherwise available to them within the academic confines of a classroom. This is an unpaid position and will not lead to an offer of employment.


We are currently accepting applications for Summer Quarter. Applications will be accepted through the end of business on April 15, 2024. Students will be notified when their application package is received. Please submit applications (resume, cover letter, two references, and a copy of your unofficial college transcript) to undergraduate internship supervisors, Megan Blumm, Debra Malcolm, and Patricia Stordeur at waw_undergradinternship@fd.org. Thank you.