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.

The positions are unpaid, 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, interaction with court personnel, and working on case-specific projects as needed. Maintaining client confidentiality and professional code of conduct is an important feature of our work. Please note that all volunteers must be fingerprinted and provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

We seek individuals who can offer a three month commitment of 25 hours a week, or a two quarter committment of 12-15 hours a week. It is important to note that we are not hiring new employees, thus interested candidates should be mindful there are no current employment opportunities within our agency. 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.

If interested, please submit resume, transcript, and cover letter via e-mail to:

Charles Formosa
Federal Public Defender


No phone calls please.

 Please note: We will be reviewing applications for the summer, starting the first week of May. Please do not submit your application for the summer internships until the last two weeks of April. Applicants who wish to intern during the fall and winter quarters shoudl continue to check this website for updates on the application deadlines for those quarters. Thank you