Criminal Defense Internship, Federal Defender Program – Atlanta, GA

Internship Opportunity in Criminal Defense Law – Fall 2017 Federal Defender Program

The Federal Defender Program, Inc. is a Georgia non-profit organization that provides legal representation to indigent individuals charged with federal crimes in the Northern District of Georgia as well as death-sentenced individuals in federal proceedings.

The program is seeking interns for Fall 2017.  These are unpaid positions but an excellent opportunities to become engaged in the community while working within a legal environment. 

Undergraduate interns will work primarily in the Capital Habeas Unit, which represents death-sentenced clients during the habeas corpus component of their appeals. Students will work closely with the Capital Habeas paralegal team and experience a variety of cases and projects.

Responsibilities include:

  • organizing case documents
  • reviewing trial transcripts
  • conducting research on capital punishment and case-specific topics.

Interns will also develop professional skills and perform general office duties such as copying and scanning documents. In addition, students will have occasional opportunities to interact with attorneys, investigators, and other FDP staff, and attend court proceedings.


Suite 1500, The Centennial Tower

101 Marietta Street, NW

Atlanta, GA 30303

The office is near the Five Points MARTA station.

The hours available to interns

  • Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
  • minimum of 10 hours/week


Xiaolin Chin  –

Please also contact Susan Belmonte, Georgia Tech Pre-Law Advisor, if you would like to talk to a student who has interned for the program.

Application Process: Submit answers to the below questions and resume (optional)

Questions to answer:

  1. Name
  2. School
  3. Graduation Year
  4. What you are looking for in an intern position
  5. Availability (days and hours)
  6. Work History
  7. Additional Skills
  8. Anticipated Start Date
  9. Contact Information (phone and email)

Combine all application materials (question answers + optional resume) into one PDF document in an email sent to Xiaolin Chen at

Deadline: September 22, 2017

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