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 to six month commitment of 15 to 20 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 are no longer accepting applications for fall and winter quarters 2022. The next positions we have open, start in the spring of 2023 and onward.