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Internships

"Rather than sitting in a classroom, this internship allows me to have first-hand experience with every aspect of the legal community. I truly am learning in the best way possible." -- former Intern

MSPD has many programs for students of law, social work, psychology, and related fields of study. Students work for MSPD in many capacities including

  • summer positions
  • positions for school credit
  • positions through school clinical and practicum programs
  • volunteer positions

MSPD is willing to work with institutions of higher learning to ensure that student interns receive school credit for their work with MSPD

MSPD offers students the opportunity to provide meaningful help to those with the greatest needs. You will have direct contact with clients and significant responsibility for helping attorneys protect the liberty and lives of citizens. You will also receive training from some of the best and most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the country. Interns may work in the Trial Division, the Capital Litigation Division, or the Appellate/Post-Conviction Division.

Here's what some MSPD interns have to say about their experience:

"Thank you so much for hiring me for the excellent program. I loved the program and all the new experiences. It was all over-the-top wonderful!"

"Through this experience, I have formed great respect and admiration for the work of the Public Defender System."

"I think this is an excellent program. I learned a lot of practical things about how the criminal justice system really works. The 'hands on' style is excellent. It was a great experience to get so involved and to actually be an active part in every step of a client's representation."

"Rather than sitting in a classroom, this internship allows me to have first-hand experience with every aspect of the legal community. I truly am learning in the best way possible."

"The attorneys and staff are great. Every effort is made to include and incorporate the interns. A fantastic experience!"