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NHPD Summer Internship Program for Second Year Students

The New Hampshire Public Defender seeks students who have completed their second year of law school for its Summer Internship Program.  The Internship is a ten week, full-time program.  Summer Interns obtain certification to appear in New Hampshire’s circuit and superior courts. 

NHPD Interns are treated like lawyers, not “law clerks.”  Under the supervision of an assigned mentor or a staff attorney, Interns interview juvenile and adult clients, conduct arraignments and bail hearings, and represent clients in New Hampshire’s courts. 

During the summer, Interns will handle cases from start to finish, litigate motions, conduct bench trials, work with several staff attorneys and investigators, and participate in the daily activities of a busy public defender office.  Some Interns have co-counseled jury trials and participated in jury selection, conducted examinations of witnesses, or delivered arguments to the jury.              

NHPD strives to hire Interns who are not only bright and talented, but deeply committed to our mission of effective, client-centered representation of indigent criminal defendants.  In recent years, Interns have come from nearby law schools, such as the University of New Hampshire, Harvard, and Boston College, and from more distant law schools, such as Stanford, Georgetown, and Columbia.  At the end of the summer, Interns will be given the opportunity to interview for staff attorney positions.  Many former Interns are currently permanent members of our staff.  

Though the Internship is unpaid, most Interns secure outside grants or school funding.  Job-related expenses are reimbursed by NHPD.  Interns must be licensed drivers with an insured vehicle.

Barbara Blair is NHPD's recruitment coordinator. If you are interested in a Summer Internship, please send an email to Barbara at recruiting@nhpd.org.  Applications are accepted any time after August 1 for the following summer.  Applications are considered and offers are made on a rolling basis, and spots are usually filled by early winter.  Please attach a cover letter, resume, and current academic transcript (unofficial is fine).

 

Internship Opportunities for Third Year Students  

NHPD offers externship and internship opportunities for students in their third year of law school.  Applications should be received at least two months prior to the start of the semester.  

 

Internship Opportunities for First Year Law Students

NHPD offers first-year law students a hybrid internship.  This is a ten week program with roughly half of the intern hours being spent on investigation, and half spent on legal work. The legal work is similar in nature to the Summer Internship, except hybrid interns cannot represent clients in court.

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. 

This is an unpaid internship.  Job-related expenses are reimbursed. Interns must be licensed drivers with an insured vehicle. Supervision is provided by NHPD investigators and attorneys.

If you are interested in an internship after your first year of law school, please send an email to Barbara Blair, Recruitment Coordinator, at recruiting@nhpd.org.  Please attach a cover letter, resume, and current academic transcript.  The application deadline is February 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, which includes legal work and investigation. 

Investigator interns conduct investigation for, and provide 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 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. 

Successful applicants possess sound judgment and discretion, are committed to working on behalf of our indigent clients, and have excellent grades and recommendations.

Investigator interns can work during the summer, spring or fall.  Applications should be received at least two months prior to the semester during which the intern wants to work.  We invite both part-time and full-time applicants.  Interns must work at least twenty hours per week for a complete semester term, which is usually ten weeks.

This is an unpaid internship.  Job-related expenses are reimbursed.  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.

To apply for an investigator internship, send a cover letter, resume, and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Barbara Blair, Recruiting Coordinator, at bblair@nhpd.org.  


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