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Barbara Blair is NHPD's recruitment coordinator. If you are interested in a legal internship position or an investigative internship position, please send an email to Barbara at recruiting@nhpd.org.  Please attach a letter of interest, resume, and current academic transcript (unofficial is ok).  Deadline for applications are as follows (Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis):
2L Summer Clerkships - December 1st  
1L Internships / Investigator Intern - February 1
3L Clerkships - Fall deadline June 1; Spring deadline November 1



Investigator Internships

Internship Opportunities for Undergraduates, Non-law Graduate Students and First-Year Law Students

New Hampshire Public Defender seeks undergraduates in their junior or senior year and first-year law students or non-law graduate students for its investigator intern program. First year law students can also apply for the “hybrid” internship (see below) which includes legal work alongside of investigation.

Investigator interns conduct investigation for, and provide litigation support to, attorneys defending clients in criminal cases. They regularly participate in interviewing witnesses and clients, visiting crime scenes and making diagrams or taking photographs, preparing comprehensive reports for staff attorneys, testifying in court, serving subpoenas, coordinating the appearance of defense witnesses in court and assisting clients in accessing substance abuse or mental health treatment..

Investigator interns can work during any of the three semesters: fall, winter, or summer. We invite both part-time and full-time intern applicants Interns must work no less than twenty hours per week for a complete semester term, usually ten weeks. This is an unpaid internship, however job-related expenses (including mileage) are reimbursed by the NHPD. Interns must be licensed drivers with an insured vehicle. Interns are required to obtain a private detective license through the State of New Hampshire Department of Public Safety: NHPD will assist interns with this process and pay the related fee. Supervision is provided by NHPD investigators and attorneys. Successful applicants possess sound judgment and discretion, are committed to working on behalf of the poor, have a strong interest in criminal law, and have excellent grades and recommendations.

Hybrid Internships

Internship Opportunities for First Year Law Students

New Hampshire Public Defender seeks first-year law students for our hybrid internship program. Interns can work during any of the three semesters: fall, winter, or summer. The hybrid internship is a ten week, full-time program with roughly half of the intern hours being spent on investigation (see above) and half spent on legal work. The legal work performed by hybrid interns is similar in nature to the Law Clerk legal internship (see below) except hybrid interns are not Rule 36 eligible and therefore cannot speak in court.

This is an unpaid internship, however job-related expenses (including mileage) are reimbursed by the NHPD. Interns must be licensed drivers with an insured vehicle. Supervision is provided by NHPD investigators and attorneys. Successful applicants possess sound judgment and discretion, are committed to working on behalf of the poor, have a strong interest in criminal law, and have excellent grades and recommendations.

LAW CLERK/LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

Internship Opportunities for Law Students Who Have Completed Their Second Year

New Hampshire Public Defender seeks law students who have completed their second year of law school for our Law Clerk/ Legal Internship program. Interns can work during any of the three semesters: fall, winter, or summer. The legal internship is a ten week, full-time program. Legal interns do all the work of staff public defenders, each under the supervision of an assigned mentor-attorney, the office Managing Attorney and the Intern Director. Typical work includes interviewing clients, researching legal issues, writing motions and memorandums of law, preparing investigation requests and appearing on behalf of clients for all aspects of their cases. NH Rule 36 allows our Law Clerks to speak in court, argue motions, litigate and try cases with a supervisor present. NHPD will assist successful applicants in securing their Rule 36 certification.

Law Clerks interning in the summer will be given the opportunity to interview for staff attorney positions at the end of their ten week program, prior to other applicants.

This is an unpaid internship, however most Law Clerks are able to secure outside grants or school funding. Some work study positions may also be available, please ask about this possibility when applying. Job-related expenses (including mileage) are reimbursed by the NHPD. Interns must be licensed drivers with an insured vehicle. Supervision is provided by NHPD investigators and attorneys. Successful applicants possess sound judgment and discretion, are committed to working on behalf of the poor, have a strong interest in criminal law, and have excellent grades and recommendations.
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