INTERNSHIPS with the DIVISION OF PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES
Legal, Social Work, and Investigation
To apply for an internship with the Division of Public Defender Services, you must fill out an Intern Application (https://portal.ct.gov/OCPD/Forms/Public-Defender-Forms) found under the Administrative forms. If you fill it out by hand, please make sure that it is legible. It must be hand-signed which gives us permission to have the required background check conducted. Along with your most recent resume, you can scan/email, fax, or mail them. Please see the schedule at the bottom of the page for sending your request.
Fax: (860) 509-6495, Attention: Janice Street
Mail: Janice Street
Office of Chief Public Defender
30 Trinity Street - 4th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Generally, the intern process begins with submitting your application and resume. To be considered for placement, a phone interview may be arranged, and a required background check must be completed. Further, all new interns must attend a mandatory two hour Intern Orientation.
Law student interns eligible for certification under Practice Rule 3.14 et. seq. may appear in court.
All internships are unpaid.
We cannot guarantee placement, and we will do the best we can to accommodate requests for specific locations. We encourage all students to seek multiple opportunities.
If you have found placement on your own at a specific office, you still must submit an intern application and resume for a background check, and you are required to attend orientation.
SUMMER internships – submit paperwork between January 1 and March 31
FALL internships – submit paperwork between April 1 and June 30
WINTER-SPRING internships – submit paperwork between August 1 and October 31
Interns are placed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please apply early, especially those who need work-study program documents completed.